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Governor Signs Agreement Aimed to Increase Exports
of Disease-Free Alaska Produce to Taiwan


October 09, 2003
Thursday - 1:15 am

Taipei, Taiwan - Extolling the virtues of disease-free Alaska grown produce, Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Su Pei Neng, President of Uni-President Organics Corporation and Hsiou Chen Lee, President of Agronew Trading Company, Ltd, both of Taiwan.

Uni-President Organics, with more than 3,500 retail stores and owner of the Seven-11 chain in Taiwan, wants to be Taiwan's primary distributor of Alaska's agricultural products and is interested in working with Alaska Fresh Cut. Agronew, an exporter of vegetable seed, wants to work with Alaska Agricultural Development and Marketing to purchase Alaska seed potatoes.

AADAM is the non-profit group that was started by Dr. Jennifer McBeath at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is the de facto export broker for produce sales to Taiwan.

"Alaska grown lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and broccoli and seed potatoes take center stage at this important agricultural milestone," said Murkowski. "Because our produce and seed is disease-free, we have an important contribution to make in Taiwan where the Alaska produce is enthusiastically welcomed.

"Alaska is renowned for its pure and clean environment - perfect conditions for growing world class produce," he added.

Taiwan Governor Kwang-Chun Fan joined in the signing ceremony at a conference room in the Grand Hotel in Taipei, also attended by local Taiwanese print and TV journalists. Following the signing of this special MOU on produce, the media was invited to join 300 guests at a Discover Alaska reception, which featured wild Alaska salmon, king crab, black cod, and halibut.

The seafood was contributed by Ocean Beauty and Icycle Seafoods and prepared by 31 Chinese chefs.



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