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U.S. potato industry celebrates increased access to Mexican market

“Two years after the interior Mexican market opened for U.S. potato exports, industry experts provided a breakdown of what was involved with gaining increased access to that important market and discussed plans to further develop business south of the border,” writes John Groh in an article published by The Produce News.

Groh says a panel comprised of National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles, consultant Matt Lantz of Bryant Christie Inc., and Kim Breshears of Potatoes USA convened during the recent Potato Expo in Austin, TX, providing background for the issue and a framework to move forward.

Quarles said that two short years ago, Mexico was an incredibly disputed market for potatoes, mired in political gamesmanship. Yet the U.S. industry was resilient and continued to push for the increased access beyond the 26-kilometer border region.

“We thought we would be stuck with no market access in Mexico,” he said, “but we kept pushing and were fortunate that the battle that reached the Mexican Supreme Court went our way.”

Source: The Packer. Read the extensive article here
Photo: Matt Lantz spoke about the work that was undertaken to expand access for U.S. potatoes in Mexico during a session held at Potato Expo in Austin, TX. Also on the panel were Kam Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council, and Kim Breshears, chief marketing officer of Potatoes USA. Credit The Produce News

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