|Programs and Opportunities
Focuses on Africa
AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, is
encouraging self-sufficiency for eligible
countries by encouraging political, economic and
social reforms, and opening U.S. markets to
APEC Provides Forum To
Advance U.S. Priorities in Asia-Pacific Region
As a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation, the United States gains access to
20 of the world’s most dynamic and fastest
Market and Trade Data
Brazil’s Booming Luxury
recent study shows that 1.2 million Brazilian
families have an average income exceeding
$72,013 per year
14 times the average family income in that
country. This select group of affluent consumers
is driving the boom for luxury goods and
attracting more world-class brands to this
Swedes Develop Palate for Wines
Looking for a new market for your wines? U.S.
sales in Sweden are regaining position thanks to
a favorable exchange rate and newly liberalized
The Philippines: A Stout
Market With Room To Grow
The Philippines remains a robust market for U.S.
agricultural products, including foods,
beverages and the ingredients to make them.
Despite mounting competition for this market,
the Philippines offers further opportunities for
many U.S. items, supported by consumer
preferences, economic development and growth in
its retail, food service and food processing
Indonesia’s Textile Industry Provides Material
Market for U.S. Cotton
Indonesia’s textile exporters have improved
their competitive position in the past year,
prompting increased cotton imports from
suppliers, most notably the United States.
Meanwhile, Indonesia faces intensifying
competition from other textile producers for
supplies as well as markets, and also must meet
trade reform requirements.
Commodities and Products
U.S. Seafood Exports Continue Upward Trend in
the Dynamic EU Market
In the first half of calendar 2005, U.S. seafood
exports to the European Union kept up their
impressive growth for a variety of high- and
intermediate-value products. U.S. exports for
January-June amounted to 111,964 metric tons (up
5.4 percent from a year earlier), valued at
$363.5 million (up 14.6 percent). Interest in
healthy eating, retail demand for surimi
products, improved U.S. product quality, limited
domestic supplies and a favorable exchange rate
all contributed to the gains.
Market and Trade Data
South Korea Warms to Environmentally Friendly
The South Korean market for environmentally
friendly agricultural products, including
organics, is estimated at $1 billion per year,
of which domestic production accounts for $460
million. Government support, along with growing
consumer perceptions that such products are
safer, healthier or better for the environment,
will likely lead to market expansion.
Food Processing in China Flourishing
China’s food processing industry, with revenue
of $122 billion in 2003, is already a giant.
Nevertheless, continuing double-digit growth
will be the norm as China’s economy takes off.
Take-Away Trendy in New Zealand
The food service industry down under is taking a
healthy bite of food budgets, with take-away and
fast food venues gaining ground.
U.S. Exporter Assistance
Taste US! Culinary
Festival Makes Its Canadian Debut
When the Taste US! Culinary Festival made its
Canadian debut in June 2005, it did more than
feature a delectable array of regional U.S.
gourmet food and beverage products. It helped to
revitalize U.S. promotions and reintroduce
Canadians to the diversity, quality and regional
flavors available from the United States.
Trade Shows and Other
is a list of trade shows and promotional
opportunities endorsed or otherwise sponsored by