Buyers from Starzen – one of Japan’s largest meat importers, processors and distributors – visited USMEF headquarters this week. The team included buyers from several of Starzen’s regional offices in Japan, including Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Fukushima, and one representative from its U.S. office.
Dan Halstrom, USMEF senior vice president for marketing and communications, and Greg Hanes, assistant vice president of international marketing and programs, provided the Starzen team with an overview of the global market situation for beef and pork. The group also expressed a strong interest in U.S. lamb – which is not currently eligible for export to Japan. However, USMEF and others in the industry are working with U.S. trade officials in an effort to restore access for U.S. lamb.
The Starzen team’s U.S. tour also included visits to U.S. beef plants operated by JBS, Tyson Foods and National Beef. The company supplies ham, sausage, deli meats and other processed foods to supermarkets, specialty stores, department stores, family restaurants, fast food chains and convenience stores throughout Japan.