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CDFA welcomes foreign buyers to Fresno Food Expo

Jorge Garcia de Leon, a buyer from Mexico, samples products at this week's Fresno Food Show.

Jorge Garcia de Leon, a buyer from Mexico, samples products at this week’s Fresno Food Show.

CDFA had the pleasure this week of welcoming 19 buyers from Central America, Mexico and Southeast Asia to the seventh annual Fresno Food Expo. The buyers were part of trade delegation facilitated by the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) to help expand U.S. agricultural exports to international markets.

While in Fresno, the buyers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with more than 35 Central Valley businesses and visit local producer facilities. The Fresno Food Expo is an great venue that highlights the agricultural diversity of the region and provides opportunities food business to explore both domestic and international markets.

CDFA’s partnership with WUSATA, the State Center Community College District and the Fresno Center for International Trade Development makes opportunities like this available for California’s farmers, ranchers and food processors.

California is the largest agricultural exporter in the nation, with more than $20.6 billion in exports worldwide. On average, California’s farmers and ranchers export approximately 26 percent of the state’s agricultural production.

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