USSEC Hosts Annual U.S. Soy Advantage Buyers Outlook Conference in Japan
USSEC Japan hosted the annual U.S. Soy Advantage Buyers Outlook Conference in Tokyo on November 17. A total of 270 crushers, feed millers, soyfood processors, traders, and media attended the one-day U.S. Soy Advantage Buyers Outlook Conferences held separately in the morning, lunchtime, and afternoon for the soyfood industry, press, and oil/feed industry, respectively. Topics presented at this year’s conferences included new crop quality, farm updates, sustainability updates, oilseeds market outlook, and the Chinese soy market and its development. Additionally, five U.S. food bean exporters exhibited tabletop displays to showcase their new crop during the conference for the food industry, including USSEC members Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Scoular, SK Food International, and SunOpta, along with Neco Seed Farms.
American Soybean Board (ASA) director Sam Butler and United Soybean Board (USB) director Doug Winter traveled to Tokyo for the conference. USSEC consultant Dr. Seth Naeve of the University of Minnesota and USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke also participated.
On the following day, the team visited Zennoh’s headquarters in the morning and Nisshin Oillio, the largest soybean crushing plant, located in Isogo, Kanagawa Prefecture, in the afternoon, touring a vegetable oil crushing plant and soybean unloading facilities.