A delegation of Georgia businesspeople led by the state Department of Agriculture will be in Mexico this week meeting with U.S.- and Mexico-based importers and distributors. Agricultural and other companies interested in following trade leads garnered from the trip may contact delegation leader Arlene Martin, international trade specialist at the department, when she returns on Monday, June 19.

In Mexico, Ms. Martin and representatives from Georgia firms including Lincolnton-based Crider Poultry Inc., Jefferson-based Fresh Frozen Foods and Kabobs, a Lake City-based producer of hors d’oeuvres, will meet with Costco Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, as well as a leading Mexican supermarket chain and other Mexican importers and distributors.  

Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, which operates 27 stores in Mexico, is seeking products for an in-store promotion of U.S. products to be conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 18, said Ms. Martin. She hopes to secure promotional deals for Georgia companies that could lead to long-term contracts.

The delegation will also attend Exphotel 2000 in Cancún, a trade show for wholesale buyers and distributors and restaurants. Companies participating in the show will be looking to buy meat products, seafood, poultry, fresh vegetables and beverages, Ms. Martin said.

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