The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), in partnership with the government of Indonesia, today hosted a business roundtable in Jakarta that brought together 13 U.S. dairy suppliers and 120 plus participants representing 34 Indonesian dairy importer companies to facilitate greater U.S. dairy exports.
Other roundtable speakers included Joseph Donovan, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia; Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Enggartiasto Lukita, Indonesia’s Minister of Trade; and Vikki Nicholson-West, SVP Global Ingredients, USDEC.
“As the ongoing trade dispute with China has impaired our access to that market, we thank the USDA for working to stimulate greater sales of U.S. dairy products to Indonesia,” said USDEC Chief Operating Officer Matt McKnight. “There is a growing demand in Indonesia for high-quality dairy products and the U.S. dairy industry is ready to meet this need. We look forward to expanding our market share in this valuable market and building upon the relationships forged at today’s event.”
According to USDA data, the U.S. exported more than $165 million worth of dairy products to Indonesia last year, making it the U.S. dairy industry’s seventh largest export market. USDEC commends FAS for recognizing this opportunity for U.S. dairy exports and the Indonesian Trade Ministry for its commitment to a successful collaboration.