U.S. Wheat Thanks Japanese Customersby Staff
Capital Press, April 28, 2006
Japanese buyers of U.S. wheat were thanked for half a century of trust, friendship and mutually beneficial business relations in a recent ceremony in Tokyo.
Those participating included U.S. Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer; U.S. Wheat Associates chairman Boyd Schwieder; MAFF Food Policy Bureau Director General Masaaki Okajima and Masataka Horikawa, president of the Flour Mills Association.
The ceremony was timed for April, the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Wheat Marketing office in Japan. It was originally established by the Oregon Wheat Growers League, one of the early wheat organizations.
At the time, wheat products weren't part of the Japanese diet, Okajimi said. Projects like the kitchen bus, school lunch and bread baking technical seminars contributed to the Japanese wheat food promotion.
Horikawa recalled many years of collaborative technical work focusing on how U.S. Wheat worked intensively to address Japan's needs.
Japan is the top U.S. wheat customer, annually purchasing about 3 million metric tons.
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