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Ministers' Trade Mission to China: An Overview

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Ministers' Trade Mission to China: An Overview

Minister Jeff Leal and Minister Michael Chan are leading a trade mission to China to introduce a new group of businesses and organizations to this priority market and grow Ontario's agri-food exports. The 10-day mission, from April 16th to 25th, 2015, will include stops in Beijing, Weifang, Shouguang, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The mission is part of Ontario's Going Global Trade Strategy to help the province's businesses - particularly small- to medium- sized enterprises - expand into priority markets such as China.

Promoting increased trade and investment in Ontario's agri-food sector is part of the government's plan to meet the Premier's Agri-Food Growth Challenge. This challenge calls on Ontario's agri-food sector to double its rate of growth and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.

Importance of the Chinese Market

The Chinese market is growing rapidly and is Ontario's second largest agri-food export market. Ontario's total agri-food sales for 2014 to China, including exports to Hong Kong, reached $832 million.

Ontario exports a variety of valued-added products to China including wines, confectionery products, frozen products, shelf-stable foods, beverages and snack foods. Meat, ginseng, food-grade soybeans and genetics are also exported in significant quantities.

About the Delegation

The 20 businesses and organizations in the delegation will showcase their expertise in a range of areas, including production, manufacturing, trade, and research and innovation. The delegation is made up of a diverse range of businesses and organizations and represents a broad cross-section of Ontario's agri-food sector.

AUSSAN Laboratories

Beef Farmers of Ontario

Canada Chinese Marketing Promotion and Media

Canada Food Import Export Inc.

Central China Commerce Chamber, Canada

Choy Foong

Commisso's Fresh Foods

Futurevic Global Sourcing

Grandview PRC Corporation

Hong Ying Wei Ye

HS Nouvel Developments Inc.

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

Ontario Pork

Pelee Island Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Provincial Beverages of Canada

R.D. Legault Seeds Ltd.

Sinocan Marketing Group

Thomas Canning (Maidstone) Ltd.

University of Guelph

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