With funding support from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, buyers from some of Japan’s largest supermarket and convenience store chains visited the United States this week for an in-depth look at U.S. pork and beef production and merchandising.
The week began in Denver, with briefings from USMEF staff and a tour of Denver-area retail and foodservice outlets. The team then moved on to Claremont, Minnesota, where they visited the soybean and corn operation of USMEF Secretary-Treasurer Bruce Schmoll.
While in Minnesota, the buyers had an opportunity to tour several meat processing facilities, including the Rancher’s Legacy plant in Vadnais Heights, the Hormel Foods plant in Austin, the JBS plant in Worthington and the PM Beef plant in Windom. The group also received an overview of Minnesota agriculture from staff members of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in St. Paul.