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Food Export of the Midwest to Bring 15 International Buyers to Michigan in Partnership with MDARD’s International Marketing Program

By Chelsea Lewis-Parisio

The Food Export Association of the Midwest and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) International Marketing Program are partnering to bring approximately 15 international buyers to Michigan as part of their Summer in the Cities Buyers’ Mission. The event takes place in Grand Rapids from July 29-30, 2024.

“MDARD is thrilled to be partnering with the Food Export Association of the Midwest to bring several international buyers to Michigan,” said MDARD Director Tim Boring. “We continue to see businesses from around the world bet on Michigan, and this opportunity is a great way to position a company and its products in front of pre-qualified, experienced international buyers from many markets around the world.”

This event will have representatives from over 15 different international markets attending. Industry professionals, who can provide information about exporting and give insight into particular markets, will participate and meet one-on-one with companies.

"At MDARD, we're committed to making sure 'Made in Michigan' is known globally," said Jamie Zmitko-Somers, MDARD's Agriculture Development Bureau Director. "Opportunities like these allow for connections between Michigan and international companies to be cultivated, furthering our partnerships, which creates more opportunities to have Michigan products on shelves worldwide."

Early registration is open until May 22, 2024, and is $325 to participate. A networking lunch with buyers is included in the registration. There is a wide range of products of interest for this event including snacks, alcoholic beverages, fruits, dry beans, and dairy products. 

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