Georgia pecans are headed to Taiwan and are expected to enter retail stores there by mid-December. The pecan purchase from a grower in Ocilla is a direct result of bilateral trade efforts between Georgia and Taiwan, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
During October, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black joined representatives from the Georgia Pecan Growers Association (GPGA), Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) and the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) for a week-long trade mission to Taiwan. An inbound mission followed, providing prospective Taiwanese buyers the opportunity to visit Georgia pecan growers in South Georgia.
Georgia’s delegation to Taiwan also included Chef Holly Chute, senior executive chef for the Georgia Grown program, who collaborated with Taiwanese chefs to prepare traditional Taiwanese dishes that include Georgia pecans.
“Our opportunities to curate and supply Georgia-based recipes and ingredients globally are growing exponentially,” Chute said. “Leaders in Taiwan’s commercial baking industry shared a strong interest in the versatility of Georgia pecans.”
This year, the GDA participated in trade missions to Vietnam, Taiwan, Ghana and Mexico. Each mission represented Georgia’s proactive approach in developing ongoing trade relationships with foreign buyers.