News Release - September 9, 1998
SASKATCHEWAN EXPLORES FOOD-PROCESSING OPPORTUNITIES IN CHILE
Agriculture and Food Minister Eric Upshall and representatives from
provincial companies have completed the Chilean portion of a 12 day
Canadian Agriculture Ministers' Mission to Latin America.
Travelling with Upshall are: Peter McCann, Ag West Biotech Inc.; Perry
Wilkes, Canada Livestock Services; Mark Pickard, Infra Ready Products;
Ed Johnson and Paul Chessman, Genex Swine Group; Rodrigo Yanez, Yanez
International Commodities Ltd.; and Inge Ryan and Steve Sousa,
representing a number of other Saskatchewan companies through the
Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP).
"Chile has had strong economic growth over the past years lead by a
boom in exports," Upshall said. "It presents very good trade
opportunities for the Saskatchewan agri-food industry."
Chile, with a population of nearly 15 million, purchased agri-food
products from Saskatchewan valued at approximately $45 million in
1997. In addition to traditional grains, Chile has purchased canary
seed, pulses, mustard, pork and beef products from Saskatchewan over
"Our Saskatchewan businesses have met with key Chilean business people
who have expressed interest in the products and services we have to
offer," Upshall said. "They are all excited about the new
opportunities they have found on this mission and will follow up on
their prospects, after their return home."
Opportunities in Chile for Saskatchewan companies include
livestock and livestock genetics, biotechnology and special
Upshall said that the Chilean portion of the mission focused on
building relationships with the food processing industry. As
part of the visit, Upshall addressed SEPACH, the association of
Chilean food processors.
The minister and the Saskatchewan companies involved in the
mission also got an inside view of a pasta and a meat processing
plant and met with a variety of buyers and food processors.
"The mission provided an opportunity to promote the Saskatchewan
industry and highlight partnerships and strategic alliance
opportunities with Chilean companies," Upshall said. "These
missions build understanding, understanding builds friendship and
trust, and trust builds business."
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