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| An Updated Overview of the Canadian Food Processing Sector | Food Processing Ingredients | Ottawa | Canada | 12/22/2014
Opportunities exist to expand U.S. food product sales to Canada's food and beverage processing sector.  In this approximately C$90 billion industry, demand is increasing for many U.S. raw and processed horticultural products, other processed ingredients and food flavorings.  The following report highlights the performance of the various sectors of Canada's food and beverage processing industry.
Food Processing Ingredients_Ottawa_Canada_12-17-2014



| Sint Maarten FAIRS Country Report | Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards - Narrative | Miami ATO | Netherlands Antilles | 12/22/2014
Updated Sections:  Appendix II only Sint Maarten remains an open market for U.S. food and agricultural products with duty-free entry and limited import regulatory requirements.  With its newly acquired status as an autonomous country Sint Maarten is beginning to develop its own food safety, and plant and animal health regulatory systems.  Development and implementation of these regulatory systems is expected to take some time given the resource constraints of this young country.  
Sint Maarten FAIRS Country Report_Miami ATO_Netherlands Antilles_12-17-2014



| The Bahamas 2014 Retail Food Sector Report | Retail Foods | Miami ATO | Caribbean Basin | 12/22/2014
The Bahamas source 90 percent of its consumer-ready products from the United States creating an environment of opportunity for U.S. suppliers of retail products in practically all product categories.  Bahamians high demand for U.S. products and brands is driven by their close observation of the American lifestyle and culture.  The country’s tourism sector, starting to pick-up as new infrastructural projects of recent years come on-line, should supply the average Bahamian with resources sufficien...
Retail Foods_Miami ATO_Caribbean Basin_12-17-2014



| Russia Introduces New Fees to Retailers in Large Cities | Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News, Agricultural Situation | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 12/22/2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law amending the Tax Code that enables the introduction of a new trading fee for retailers in the federal cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sevastopol). The tax is paid by organizations and individual entrepreneurs, except for those working on the patent system of taxation. The new trading fee may be introduced in the federal cities after July 1, 2015.  The Association of Retail Companies (ACORT) officially asked Vladimir Putin to veto the Law ...
Russia Introduces New Fees to Retailers in Large Cities_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_12-17-2014



| Hotel Sector Snapshot | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 12/22/2014
Investment in hotels in Russia has been very attractive in recent years driven by limited supply of quality lodging facilities, low overall competition, gradually improving business climate, and growing domestic and foreign travel volumes.  Luxury hotels represent the best opportunity for selling American food products to hotels. Hotel restaurants operate like other restaurants and purchase items through distributors. U.S.-origin meat, fish, wine, spirits, and fruits are some of the better prosp...
Hotel Sector Snapshot_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_12-17-2014



| Blossoming Coffee Culture Creates Opportunities for US Exporters | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Market Development Reports | Moscow ATO | Russian Federation | 12/22/2014
Russia has historically been a tea drinking culture going back several generations.  But in the last 20 years, the number of cafés in Russia has increased exponentially.  The café market in just Moscow and its suburbs is currently estimated to be worth about $2 billion. Chained cafés/bars recorded current value growth of 47 percent in 2013 with sales reaching 34 billion rubles, while the number of outlets grew by 17 percent to reach over 1,700. In 2013, 18.1 percent of Russians visited a cafés -...
Blossoming Coffee Culture Creates Opportunities for US Exporters_Moscow ATO_Russian Federation_12-17-2014



| Overview of the new Food Labeling Standard | FAIRS Subject Report | Tokyo | Japan | 12/22/2014
Since August 2012, the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) has been working towards completion of a comprehensive Food Labeling Standard (see GAIN Reports JA3001 and JA3054).  On August 29, 2014, CAA notified a draft proposal to the World Trade Organization (WTO), consolidating 58 different standards across three different laws into a single standard.  Among numerous smaller changes, CAA has made nine substantial changes, the most significant of which is a requirement for mandatory nutritional labeli...
Overview of the new Food Labeling Standard_Tokyo_Japan_12-17-2014



| Processing Filing For Low-Acid and Acidified Certificate Required | FAIRS Subject Report | Bangkok | Thailand | 12/22/2014
TH4128: U.S. exporters of foods in hermetically sealed containers to Thailand can use U.S. FDA’s Filed Process Filing document as the equivalent certificate to meet new requirements stated in the Ministry of Public Health No. 349 Re: Production Methods, Tools and Equipment, and Storages of Low acid and Acidified foods Packaged in Hermetically Sealed Containers.  Affected products must meet 5 criteria to fall under this regulation.
Processing Filing For Low-Acid and Acidified Certificate Required _Bangkok_Thailand_12-17-2014



| GOV promulgates provisions of some articles of the Plant Health Law | Fresh Fruit, Pest/Disease Occurrences, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, Planting Seeds | Hanoi | Vietnam | 12/22/2014
On December 4, 2014, the Vietnamese Office of the Government released Decree 116/2014/ND-CP promulgating detailed provisions of some articles of the Law on Plant Protection and Quarantine.  Decree 116/2014 replaces the Plant Protection Charter and the Charter on management of pesticides promulgated in conjunction with Decree 58/2002/ND-CP and Decree 2/2007/ND-CP on plant quarantine.  Decree 116/2014 will enter into force on January 18, 2015.
GOV promulgates provisions of some articles of the Plant Health Law _Hanoi_Vietnam_12-17-2014