• Japan Officials Visit USA Rice Amid Strong U.S. Rice Sales

    Oct 18, 2017
    Representatives of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) visited USA Rice yesterday. MAFF is the sole purchaser of rice under Japan’s import commitment to members of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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  • U.S. Rice Makes an Impression at FABEX

    Apr 17, 2017
    Last week, USA Rice participated in FABEX, the World Food and Beverage Great Expo, introducing new menu ideas using U.S. medium grain rice. FABEX is a trade exhibition targeting foodservice and deli operators, and more than 77,000 traders visited during this year’s three-day show.
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  • Japan Resumes SBS Tenders

    Dec 13, 2016
    Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF) announced earlier this week that rice import tenders under the Simultaneous-Buy-Sell system (SBS) will resume on December 13. SBS tenders were halted in October following reports in the Japanese press of “adjustment money” being paid by rice importers to wholesalers and distributors in Japan. Concern arose about the price impact and legality of such payments. A MAFF investigation found no negative impact, but changes were made to tendering procedures and guidelines.
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  • FAS Predicts Continued Drop in Per Capita Consumption of Table Rice; Stagnant Use in Animal Feed

    Nov 15, 2016
    In its latest report, the Foreign Agricultural Service post in Tokyo reports that with continued decline in Japanese table rice consumption, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) began subsidizing farmers to shift production from table rice to other crops. For those farmers who have not reduced rice production, MAFF has had some success in encouraging increased production of rice for animal feed and use of paddy rice as silage.
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  • Japan Rice Trade Anticipates Higher Domestic Prices for Coming Marketing Year

    Aug 23, 2016
    USA Rice staff are traveling in Japan this week and met with members of the Japanese rice trade where they discussed several factors in play that are likely to strengthen Japanese domestic rice prices this next crop year.
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  • 19th Annual U.S.-Japan Rice Technical Meeting Held

    Jun 24, 2016
    Representatives of the U.S. and Japanese rice industries met here Wednesday and Thursday for the 19th annual U.S.-Japan rice technical meeting.
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  • U.S. Rice “Cal-Bowl’ Demonstration Kick Starts Retail Campaign in Japan

    Dec 01, 2015
    A popular Japanese food writer and recipe consultant known as “Yummy-san” recently conducted a cooking demonstration here using U.S. medium grain rice in the preparation of three dishes: chicken, nuts, and berry salad; coconut shrimp spicy tomato soup; and almond milk rice pudding. This consumer tasting event coincided with the start of a new USA Rice promotion at two hundred Kaldi import stores that will feature ingredients used in the three recipes, including U.S. medium grain rice.
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  • Rice Traders on Japan's Kyushu Island Get a Taste of U.S. Rice

    Sep 18, 2015
    U.S. rice: the talk of the tableU.S.-grown medium grain rice made its debut at a trade exhibition here last week and was a big hit with attendees when served in two menu items, "Rice, Nut & Fruit Salad" and "Gumbo Soup with Turmeric Rice."
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  • Japan Academics Meet with USA Rice to Discuss Crop Insurance, Farm Programs

    Sep 16, 2015
    Intellectual exchangeFarm policy academics from Ibaraki University and Okayama University met with USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely and COO Bob Cummings today to discuss current U.S. rice support policies, especially crop insurance.
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  • U.S. Rice and Wine in Japan – A Winning Combination

    Aug 13, 2015
    Last week, USA Rice conducted the final competition at the 3rd annual U.S. Medium Grain Recipe Contest where eight professional chefs, selected out of 166 entrants, were vying to create the best dish pairing U.S.-grown medium grain rice with wine.
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