News Release, Maryland Department of Agriculture

Maryland Producers Encouraged to Sign Up Now

ANNAPOLIS, MD– The Maryland Department of Agriculture will host an inbound trade mission of beer, wine, and spirits distributors from the European Union on November 5-6. Participating Maryland companies will have an opportunity to host EU buyers that have been recruited by the Southern U.S. Trade Association (SUSTA). The department is a member of SUSTA, which supports state departments of agriculture throughout the region.

“Maryland’s craft beverage industry is booming, and this trade mission will allow our producers to showcase their world-class products to European buyers,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “We are excited to continue our work with SUSTA in opening new international markets for Maryland goods, and I encourage all Maryland brewers, winemakers, and distillers to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Maryland beer exports totaled $1.3 million in 2018 with more than $994,000 going to the EU, according to Euromonitor, Inc. Worldwide exports of Maryland wine and spirits totaled more than $79,000 and $2 million, respectively. This inbound trade mission is part of the department’s continued efforts to build international markets for the state’s agricultural products.

The department will set up one-on-one meetings between buyers and registered Maryland producers. Companies interested in participating should contact Theresa Brophy at 410-841-5781 or theresa.brophy@maryland.gov.

 The deadline for registration is September 20.

More information on the trade mission is available on the SUSTA website:www.susta.org/event/search/.

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