On January 5, Matt Lantz, BCI’s Vice President for Global Access, joined the Eye on Potato Podcast at the Potato Expo in Denver. This industry-sponsored podcast discusses issues related to the US potato industry. Matt joined, National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles, and Potatoes USA Vice President for Marketing Kim Breshears to discuss the May 2022 opening of the Mexican market for US fresh potato exports.
BCI has worked with the US potato industry for over 20 years seeking this new market for US potato farmers. The new access allows fresh potato shipments throughout the country and provides over 80 million new potential customers for US potato farmers. Matt was closely involved in the market access negotiations to open the market and engaged with USDA to ensure a final agreement was acceptable to shippers.