Colombia Chef Tour in Miami Cut Short by Hurricane Irma

Colombia Chef Tour in Miami 2017, Chef takes selfie at grocery store meat counter
Trend spotting
Oct 10, 2017
MIAMI, FL -- Earlier this summer, USA Rice held professional chef competitions in Bogota, Barranquilla, and Cali, Colombia where hundreds of chefs competed to claim first prize (see USA Rice Daily, July 26, 2017).  The top winners from each city recently traveled here to participate in a hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) tour that included a stop at Florida International University’s Restaurant Management Program where they received an overview of HRI trends in America, with an emphasis on U.S. rice.  The group had also planned on exhibiting and cooking with U.S. rice at the 21st Americas Food & Beverage show and conference in Miami but the event was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.  
“This HRI tour in Florida has given us the opportunity to see firsthand some of the hottest culinary trends,” said Mauricio Londono, executive director and co-founder of the Colombian Association of Chefs, a tour participant with more than twenty years’ experience in the development of products for the Colombian food sector.  “I am sure we will be able to apply some of what we have seen here in our restaurants in Colombia.”
USA Rice has conducted marketing activities in Colombia for the past three years to encourage the burgeoning HRI sector to increase the use of U.S.-grown rice.  The U.S. has exported more than 80,000 MT of rice to Colombia in the first six months of this year, valued at more than $33 million.  Colombia remains one of the top ten export markets for U.S.-grown rice.

Sign-Up for the Daily

Recent Articles

  • Rice Matters at FDA Discussion

    Nov 09, 2018

    Last week the Mississippi Farm Bureau hosted Dr. Stephen Ostroff, deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for an agricultural roundtable to discuss a range of recent FDA regulations. Full story
  • South Africa Trade Mission Taps New Markets

    Nov 08, 2018

    Last week USA Rice participated in a Trade Mission here led by Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and organized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Full story
  • WASDE Report Released

    Nov 08, 2018

    This month’s outlook for 2018/19 U.S. rice is for fractionally higher supplies, reduced exports, and higher ending stocks. Full story
  • Midterm Election Results

    Nov 07, 2018

    Most midterm elections results are in and the for-sure case is that Democrats have taken control of the House and Republicans solidified their hold of the Senate. Full story
  • Louisiana Cooking for a Cause

    Nov 06, 2018

    With the recent devastation left behind from Hurricane Michael, the Gulf Coast region of the Florida panhandle is ground zero for what will likely be a long and costly recovery period. The rice industry knows all too well the damages and disruption storms like this cause for communities and families. Full story