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Enhancing the export readiness of Malagasy specialty foods firms

Published on October 27, 2016

The Hub’s specialty food team returned to Madagascar this week to further support the promising companies they met in February during its specialty foods mapping exercise, and to prepare those companies for an upcoming Hub-sponsored buyer’s mission starting October 27. Madagascar has a rich supply of spices, vanilla, organic pineapple and passion puree, single pollen honey, organic spices, coffee, and essential oils, all of which could be strong exports for the U.S. specialty foods market, which welcomes more than 40,000 new products every year. 

On October 27, U.S.-based specialty food advisor, Simone Cormier, who sits on the board of directors for the American Spice Trade Association and who is well connected in the food manufacturing sector, will join the Hub team to conduct a specialty foods workshop in Antananarivo. She will conduct site visits and give direct technical assistance prior to the workshop. During the workshop and visits, she will highlight international companies who have an interest in investing in projects at origin and who may support funding for organic certification or infrastructure upgrades. She will also give information and guidance on food manufacturing and U.S consumer needs and wants.

Interested in attending the Malagasy specialty foods workshop on November 2 in Antananarivo? Contact us.

The Hub partners with the American Chamber of Commerce in Madagascar for all its African Growth and Opportunity Act promotion work.