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Dairy Factory Gears Up for Production - WSJ
Updated Jan. 9, 2015 10
dairy  exporting 
february 2015 by jerryking
In Singapore, Building Businesses for the Next Billion -

Singapore’s tiny size always forced it to look outward, whether servicing foreign ships or assembling electronics for export to Europe and the United States. Now that software is delivered over the Internet and almost everyone has a phone, Singapore still needs to export its business, but the regional market, with an extraordinary mixture of rich and poor, has a lot more potential....“There are over 1 billion people within a four-hour flight of Singapore,” said Hian Goh, a partner at Pivotal Asia Ventures. While that is true of a couple other Asian capitals, he noted, “nowhere else has the range wealth: Singapore’s $60,000 per capita GDP, and $3,000 in Laos. Technology is a force enabler for all of them.”

The expatriate ties are equally diverse, with companies from Russia and the European Union looking for cross-border investment, and individuals from South Africa and Slovakia who were drawn by the warm weather, easy business regulations and high-speed connectivity.

One incubator, called The Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (the name has something to do with “just do it”), wouldn’t seem out of place in the Silicon Valley, except the house barista is more cosmopolitan.

This isn’t to say “there is better than here,” or “Asia wins.” Those responses are increasingly incoherent. It may not be that kind of contest, and for many of these people, even in a state as closely managed as Singapore, the nation matters less than connectivity and what local populations need.

They are building a world where tech travels everywhere, demolishing existing systems and changing societies.
start_ups  Singapore  globalization  venture_capital  vc  cosmopolitan  city-states  exporting  outward_looking 
october 2013 by jerryking
How Steeltown transformed into a booming agrifood hub - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 02 2013 | The Globe and Mail| by BARRIE McKENNA.

“Agriculture is the new steel for Hamilton,” said Ian Hamilton, vice-president of the Hamilton Port Authority and head of real estate development. “Five years ago, the market for steel collapsed. And that’s when it hit home that we had to diversify.”

Since then, the port has attracted $200-million in new investment, including $40-million in various agriculture-related projects, such as new and expanded storage and handling for grains and fertilizer. In 2007, Bunge Ltd. expanded its canola processing plant and Biox Corp. opened a 67-million-litre biodiesel plant at the port....The port has ambitious plans to boost tonnage capacity by expanding rail links that would double the length of trains that can access the harbour, to 100 cars from 50. Efforts are also under way to attract new value-added manufacturers, such as margarine makers, distilleries and breweries plus a flour mill to help feed a nearby Maple Leaf Foods mega-bakery, opened in 2011.
Hamilton  agriculture  Barrie_McKenna  grains  pulses  hubs  exporting  Bunge  agribusiness  waterfronts 
october 2013 by jerryking
Behind China's Switch to High-End Exports -
March 24, 2013 |WSJ| By ALEX FRANGOS.

Inventronics exemplifies China's shift toward producing the higher-end products that are fueling the country's export growth. China has been increasing exports in industries as varied as computers, car parts, high-technology lamps and optical-surgical equipment, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Chinese, European Union and U.S. trade data.
China  China_rising  exporting  value_creation  high-end 
march 2013 by jerryking
Steve Kroft: Growing a firm to help feed the world - The Globe and Mail
Feb. 17 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Gordon Pitts.

Steve Kroft runs the kind of company that is on Canada’s endangered species list. Winnipeg-based Conviron is a mid-sized manufacturer with a high-value-added product that is the world leader in its niche. The product line consists of environmentally controlled chambers used for plant research, and exports account for 90 per cent of sales. The family company – whose official name is Controlled Environments Ltd. – has been export-driven since it was established 49 years ago. As Steve Kroft explains it, the high Canadian dollar has only made it stronger....And where are the opportunities?

Our core competence is designing controlled environments. We happened to focus on agriculture and plant growth, but controlled environments are needed in other industries. People come to us to test protective clothing for first responders, or for applications in pharmaceuticals and chemical storage, and we do a very good job. We haven’t marketed yet in those kinds of areas, but they are where we can make a contribution.
Canada  Canadian  core_competencies  Gordon_Pitts  greenhouses  manufacturers  mid-sized  exporting  family-owned_businesses  value_added  niches  Winnipeg  farming  agriculture  family_business  value  endangered 
march 2013 by jerryking
Canadian beef exports in rapid decline - The Globe and Mail
Sept. 10 2012 | Globe & Mail | BARRIE McKENNA.

Canada’s $6-billion beef industry is in a state of chronic decline that could soon see the country become a net importer for the first time in at least a generation, a new report says.

Canada is increasingly shipping live cattle and low-value meat cuts to its main foreign customer – the United States – while importing higher value beef, according to the report by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, an independent think tank set up by Ottawa in 2004....The size of the Canadian beef herd is also in decline, dropping by a million head, or 20 per cent, since 2005.

The report identifies several causes for the industry’s reversal of fortunes, including more aggressive competition from foreign suppliers; the high value of the Canadian dollar; a surge in corn-feed prices due to drought and ethanol production; stricter regulations; higher costs; U.S. country-of-origin labelling rules; and declining beef consumption.

What Canada needs is “a robust, long-term strategy and a sustained commitment to execute the strategy,” CAPI said. The strategy should include more collaboration between ranchers, producers and governments, clear leadership, better use of market information and promotion of industry “champions” in the supply chain.

“Continued indecision will rob us of very real opportunities,” the report said.
exporting  beef  think_tanks  agriculture  farming  supply_chains  indecision 
september 2012 by jerryking
The milk of human avarice

"The Canadian dairy industry is really no longer about milk. It's about quotas and the No. 1 objective is to protect the value of that asset," says McIlroy. To do that, farmers must keep out cheaper imports that drive prices down. A government-ceded monopoly allows them to fix domestic prices -- at more than double the global price of milk, according to the OECD.
dairy  protectionism  supply_management  exporting  quotas  Canadian 
june 2012 by jerryking
Experts say innovation is today's key ingredient for agri-food export success - The Globe and Mail
May. 31 2012 | The Globe and Mail |

* Earl Geddes, executive director of the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI).
* AGRI-FOOD ECONOMICS With Peter G. Hall, Vice President, and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada ...“Mung beans are used to make vermicelli noodles,” explains Earl Geddes, executive director of the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI). “Canada doesn’t grow mung beans, so our researchers discovered how to extract and use yellow pea starch to make noodles.”

It was just the job for CIGI. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 – funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Wheat Board, other industry and government sectors – CIGI’s mission is to enhance global competitiveness of Canadian field crops.

Using a flour mill, pasta presses, cooking extruders and other food processing equipment in CIGI’s downtown Winnipeg office, researchers “fractionate” field crops into their component parts to make them more food-ready and broaden their usefulness.
innovation  agriculture  agribusiness  exporting  EDC  Canada  grains  food  farming  competitiveness  food_crops 
june 2012 by jerryking
How the Global Middle Class Can Save the American Middle Class
May 25 2012 | The Atlantic | David Rohde.

Last week, 41 American companies received awards at a little-noticed White House ceremony. Despite the recession, the companies -- most of them small and medium-size businesses -- have experienced rapid growth and handsome profits in recent years. And they've beaten Chinese, Indian and European competitors at their own game.

How? By selling to a burgeoning global middle class expected to grow by 1 billion people -- primarily in Asia -- over the next decade...The awards -- and the places these companies have found customers -- show that the gravest threat to America's prosperity isn't the rise of middle classes overseas. It is Washington's blind adherence to dated ideologies that handicap our innovative small businesses. The world is changing, but Washington is not.
globalization  small_business  awards  exporting  middle_class  Asian  SMEs  Washington_D.C. 
may 2012 by jerryking
California Farmers Retool to Feed China -
April 20, 2012 | WSJ | By VAUHINI VARA.

Farmers Retool to Feed China
Dairies in California Make Powdered Milk Last Longer for Growing Middle Class
dairy  China  farming  exporting  California  cattle  agriculture  agribusiness 
april 2012 by jerryking
Small U.K. firms look to China
November 2005| WSJ| by Andrew Peaple.

Niche firms show how china can Offer Export Opportunities
China  exporting  small_business  United_Kingdom 
october 2011 by jerryking
U.S. needs to try harder on the global stage - The Globe and Mail
CHRYSTIA FREELAND | Columnist profile
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Oct. 20, 2011

I had breakfast this week with Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive officer of GE, and the main dish on the menu was tough love. In an Americans can still win in the global economy – but that they need to fight harder...The competition Mr. Immelt and Ms. Clinton want U.S. companies to win is the battle for dominance in the global marketplace and for the chequebook of the growing global middle class....As a cautionary counterexample, he cited Japan. “When I was a young guy, when I first started with GE, Jack Welch sent us all to Japan because in those days Japan was gonna crush us,” he said. “And we learned a lot about Japan when we were there. But over the subsequent 30 years, the Japanese companies all fell behind. And the reason why they fell behind is because they didn’t globalize. They didn’t have to go out and sing for their dinner in every corner of the world. That’s not the case with GE. It’s not the case with other American multinationals.”...Smart businesses have figured out how to globalize. We don’t yet know if countries can do the same.
globalization  GE  Jeffrey_Immelt  Chrystia_Freeland  multinationals  exporting  national_identity  tough_love  global_economy 
october 2011 by jerryking
Exporting housing how-to | BUSINESS without BORDERS
By: Geoff Dale
ROB Newspaper
Thursday September 22nd, 2011
housing  howto  China  exporting  builders 
september 2011 by jerryking
Plans to export water, though unpopular, keep springing up
Mar. 30, 2011 | Globe and Mail | RENATA D’ALIESIO. In Canada,
MPs of all political stripes are in no mood to entertain water exports.
Mr. Chrétien’s call for a debate was essentially rejected by the NDP,
the federal Conservative government, and the party he led for nearly 13
years, the Liberals. All said they oppose large water exports.

“The vast, vast majority of Canadians are against the idea of exporting
our water in bulk,” said Quebec Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia, noting
most of the nation’s renewable water flows north, away from large
population centres. “It could cause irreparable damage to ecosystems.
Moving water around brings invasive species from one basin into

Mr. Scarpaleggia, the party’s water critic, said Canada should instead
look to export its scientific and technological expertise to developing
countries coping with water scarcity – a growing problem in many regions
of the world, particularly the Middle East and North Africa.
water  exporting  scarcity  Jean_Chrétien 
april 2011 by jerryking
For one U.S. CEO, China’s rise should not be feared but exploited - The Globe and Mail
Jan. 21, 2011 | Globe and Mail | by CHRYSTIA FREELAND.

The China challenge, in Mr. Immelt's view, is about much more than a manipulated exchange rate and "cheap labour." "It is the adaptability, it is the speed with which they move, it is the unanimity of purpose, it is the productivity of thought," he said, adding that when he visits his interlocutors at the Ministry of Railways in Beijing, the mandarins are at work on Sunday....Mr. Immelt thinks he knows what America needs to do to thrive in this changed world. "If you want to be a great country, which the U.S. has every right to want to be, you have got to be thinking about being a better exporter," he said. "Our only destiny can be as a high-tech exporter, that creates jobs, high-paying jobs … Export-led growth is the key to national success."
See Tom Friedman's reference to "This is a world in which education, innovation and talent will be rewarded more than ever. This is a world in which there will be no more “developed” and “developing countries,” but only HIEs (high-imagination-enabling countries) and LIEs (low-imagination-enabling countries)."
Chrystia_Freeland  China_rising  GE  Jeffrey_Immelt  China  Hu_Jintao  exporting  adaptability  speed  unanimity  mission-driven  purpose 
january 2011 by jerryking Cracking the challenging European market
September 2, 2010 | Globe & Mail | CATHERINE McLEAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
A wide variety of languages, laws and consumer needs can be obstacles to
working across the pond. A Calgary maker of bicycle carts rides tandem
with a German partner, and gains valuable insights
bicycles  diversification  exporting  market_entry  Europe  consumer_needs 
september 2010 by jerryking
Small-Business Guide - How to Increase Your Export Sales -
April 21, 2010 | New York Times | By IAN MOUNT. Fewer than 1
percent of America’s 30 million companies export, a significantly
smaller percentage than those of other developed countries. Of the
companies that do export, those with fewer than 20 employees, like Mr.
Siegel’s, represent 72 percent of the exporters and 14.2 percent of the
value of goods exported.
Here are some ways to take advantage of the opportunity: CHOOSE A
international_marketing  international_trade  small_business  exporting  relationships 
april 2010 by jerryking
America's Invisible Export
August/September 2000 | Civilization Online | By Bernard Avishai
U.S.  exporting  multinationals  soft_power 
april 2010 by jerryking
A Canadian model for the Gulf - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 31, 2009 | Globe & Mail | Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.
Canada's most important export to the Middle East is hope in the form of
substantial number of Canadians of Arab heritage who have chosen to
return to the region. Canada's secular and modern education system,
coupled with tolerance and respect for people of diverse cultures,
continues to produce moderate Arabs, Muslim and Christian alike, who
despite their relatively small numbers are leaving a lasting positive
impression on the Arab world.
Middle_East  Arab  expatriates  Diaspora  exporting  Canada  Canadian  tolerance 
september 2009 by jerryking
Swap water for food? It's a good deal
Jan 26, 2007 | The Globe & Mail pg. B.2 | by Neil Reynolds.
Article argues that Canada markets water as the principal ingredient in
the food we sell abroad.
Canada  agriculture  water  exporting 
august 2009 by jerryking
Aiding and Abetting Business -
06.18.07 Forbes Magazine | Quentin Hardy. Article introduces
an entrepreneur who is tapping into the African Development Foundation.
This little-known U.S. government agency runs on only $22.7 million a
year; it claims credit for creating 47,000 jobs last year.
Africa  entrepreneur  funding  Ghana  food_crops  exporting 
may 2009 by jerryking

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