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Trade Officials Will Meet With Chinese Food Buyers To Push For New Agricultural Exports

Madison International Trade Association To Talk With Buyers About Products Like Cranberries

Above, a flooded cranberry bog in Cranmoor. Photo: Paul Boyette (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Chinese food buyers will be in Wisconsin on Tuesday to talk about importing more agricultural products.

China is a sought-after trade partner because of its large population and rapid economic growth. In 1996, total food and ag exports from Wisconsin to China were about $8 million. Last year, those exports rose to over $300 million.

The country already purchases a lot of whey from Wisconsin. Now, it’s also considering importing other products, like cranberries.

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The Madison International Trade Association and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection organized a meeting with Chinese buyers for Tuesday. DATCP’s Jen Pino-Gallagher said China currently does not buy many Wisconsin cranberries, something state agricultural officials hope to change.

“Cranberries are a more recent addition to the Chinese marketplace. But they certainly have a history of eating fruit products and dried fruit products,” said Pino-Gallagher.

Cranberries are not the only food product Wisconsin officials hope to push. Pino-Gallagher said they will also talk about processed snack foods and dairy products, like whey.