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Weekly USMEF Audio Report: New Dishes Help Distinguish U.S. Beef, Pork from Growing Competition at FOODEX in Tokyo

DENVER, CO – April 2, 2019 – This year’s FOODEX trade show in Tokyo, the largest food show in Asia and one of the largest in the world, attracted an estimated 80,500 visitors – a 10 percent increase over last year. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) Vice President for International Marketing Programs Greg Hanes says growth in the number of countries using FOODEX to promote red meat was quite noticeable, too. He says the competitive vibe can be credited to the fact that many countries have entered trade agreements with Japan while the U.S. still has not.

Despite the competition, USMEF was able to successfully promote U.S. beef and pork by offering new dishes and fresh ideas to importers, distributors, processors, foodservice operators and retailers from Japan and several other Asian markets. The effort included connecting USMEF members to potential customers and offering tasting samples to thousands of visitors at the USA Pavilion.

USMEF’s participation at FOODEX was funded by the USDA Market Access Program (MAP), the Beef Checkoff Program and the National Pork Board.

Greg Hanes on 2019 FOODEX 04-01-19

The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry. It is funded by USDA; the beef, pork, lamb, corn and soybean checkoff programs, as well as its members representing nine industry sectors: beef/veal producing & feeding, pork producing & feeding, lamb producing & feeding, packing & processing, purveying & trading, oilseeds producing, feedgrains producing, farm organizations and supply & service organizations.   

Submitted to the BARN by:

Ralph Loos

Director of Communications

U.S. Meat Export Federation

Direct: 303-226-7312

Mobile: 303-717-6296

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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