Virtual Consultations

2021 Virtual Consultations - Japan

Registration Deadline
Dec 31, 2021
Registration Price

Leverage the expertise of Food Export’s In-Market Representatives

Virtual Consultations are a 30 minute one-on-one video consultation with one of our In-Market Representatives. These sessions are meant to help you explore questions related to export plans and market expansion. During your session you will have the opportunity to receive answers to pre-determined market-specific questions. Our in-market experts will do their best to answer your questions and deliver valuable feedback to help you achieve export success.

Suppliers can select up to four (4) questions to ask the In-Market Representative. Questions will be submitted in advance of the one-on-one video consultation and follow-up assistance may be permitted. From the date of registration, we will set a 10-business-day timeline for initiating the video consultation.

In-Market Representatives will use the information gathered during the registration to begin preliminary research to help answer the supplier’s questions. During the call, our In-Market Representatives will do their best to answer as many questions as they can while giving valuable, real-time feedback.


  • Save time and money with on-demand consultations using video conference technology.
  • Receive real-time answers to your market-specific questions on all industry segments from our In-Market Representatives.
  • Maximize your investment with export resources early in the planning process.
  • Gain export confidence through access to expert knowledge and resources to maximize your in-market activities.

Meeting Foreign Buyers

Get to know our Japan In-Market Representative, Jeffrey McNeill

Mr. McNeill is President of Market Makers Inc., which has represented Food Export - Midwest and Food Export - Northeast in Japan since 2004. Jeff has lived in Japan for the past 25 years, originally serving as the Director of Marketing for Ore-Ida Foods Japan, a division of Heinz Company, before starting Market Makers in 1987. Jeff has written several publications on the Japanese market for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, including books on the Japanese Foodservice Market and the Japanese Food Processing Market. In his free time he also serves as Board of Governor of the Tokyo American Club, Vice President of the Harvard Business School Club of Japan and as Board Director for Nishimachi International School in Japan. Jeff has a BA degree from Princeton University and an MBA degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Market Makers also currently represents several other U.S. co-operators in Japan, including the Raisin Administrative Committee, The U.S. Dairy Export Council, and the U.S. Dry Bean Council and does work of behalf of U.S. food companies in Japan.

Products of Interest

Top U.S. products in demand:

  • French fries
  • Cheese
  • Sausages
  • Processed foods
  • Beverages
  • Ingredients
  • Frozen prepared fish roes and livers
  • Surimi and minced fish
  • Dog and cat food
  • Baking inputs
  • Mixes and dough
  • Juices
  • Distilled spirits

Preparation Assistance

Food Export Helpline

Even experienced exporters have questions from time to time. Whether you are new to exporting or a seasoned exporter, you can take advantage of one-to-one support through the Food Export Helpline™.

Market Data

Get a head start with Market Intelligence Reports. We have the market intelligence you need to make informed decisions to determine if this market is right for your products.

Complimentary Webinars

Our educational webinars provide up-to-date exporter intelligence regarding specific markets, logistics, trade financing, documentation, how to meet and follow-up with international buyers, and much more.
Branded Program

Double Your International Marketing Budget

You may be eligible for up to 50% reimbursement on:

  • Advertisements
  • Marketing and promotions
  • International tradeshows
  • Public relations
  • International websites
  • Foreign market compliant packaging/labeling
  • And much more!

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