The Chinese agribusiness firm Shanghai Liuhe Qinqiang Food Co. plans to develop an office in Nebraska to export meat to China, the office of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announced Thursday.
“Qinqiang is a Shanghai company that came to our first Nebraska Reverse Trade Mission in 2008, and again to the second Nebraska Reverse Trade Mission in 2011,” Heineman said in a statement emailed to Meatingplace.
Qinqiang is a subsidiary of the privately owned agricultural conglomerate New Hope; Qinqiang International Development was incorporated in Nebraska in May, and chairwoman Lu Jingjing will visit in October.
Lu is also looking at potentially opening a processing plant in the U.S. to produce cuts targeted to an Asian market, according to the Omaha World Herald; she says it’s possible that the Nebraska arm of the company might employ more people than the Chinese branch, which currently employs around 300. Lu said she was impressed with Nebraska’s public schools, among other things.
Nebraska will also establish an office in China to encourage investment in the state and showcase Nebraskan businesses.
The office is expected to cost $50,000 a year, including $20,000 for travel to Nebraska and around China, according to the Omaha World Herald.
The Shanghai Small and Medium Enterprises Center for International Cooperation will also contribute funds to the office.
“With a permanent trade office in China, we look forward to showing more companies that Nebraska is open for business,” Heineman said. The governor is currently on a trade mission to China.
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