ODA - Oregon Department of Agriculture

10/13/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2017 23:47

Governor’s trade mission day four: Fruitful trip to Japan for Oregon company

Oregon jams and juices have found their way to a specialty food shop in an upscale shopping center in Tokyo. Willamette Valley Fruit Company of Salem buys fresh fruits and berries from local farms, then individually quick freezes them at the peak of freshness and nutritional value. The company's Derek Imig is part of the delegation traveling with the Governor and ODA Director Alexis Taylor in Japan and visited the St. Cousair shop and its store manager, Ms. Morita, at Ginza 6 shopping area. The shop is selling jam and juice made at its facility, St. Cousair Oregon Orchard, in Newberg with some of the berries supplied by Willamette Valley Fruit Company.

St. Cousair Oregon Orchards is a great example of Japanese investment in Oregon agriculture. A focus of this trade mission is getting more Japanese food processing companies to consider operations in the state.

[Attachment] Meanwhile, another member of the ag delegation from Oregon spent the day surveying the retail market in Japan. Maria Ponzi, President of Ponzi Vineyards, first met with the media at a press event in Tokyo (that included a wine tasting) and then went on to visit several more of department stores and shops that carry Ponzi wines. Maria Ponzi also participated in a Women in Leadership panel that included Governor Brown and ODA Director Taylor.

For Director Taylor, it was another jam packed day that included meeting with [Attachment]Mr. Yoichi Watanabe, the Director General of the International Affairs Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, to discuss trade agreements and the long standing relationship between Oregon and Japanese food and agricultural producers.

The Governor's trade mission wraps up this weekend.