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More Beef In Japan Equals More Money In Toppenish

TOPPENISH, Wash.,- In Toppenish, the A-B Foods Beef Processing Facility is responsible for distributing beef to restaurants and grocers throughout the northwest part of the United States and to six other countries around the world.  Now that Japan has re-opened their imports for American beef, A-B Foods is expecting to increase their profits.

"The resumption of this trade, hopefully, will allow us to start exporting those various beef items to Japan and hopefully capture increased value back to us as a business," said McDowell, Executive Director of sales for A-B Foods Beef Processing Facility.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in 2003, the United States exported 1.4 billion dollars worth of beef to Japan.  

McDowell said that for his beef processing facility, it will take a couple of years to get back to trading that much beef for a couple of reasons.

 "They developed a taste for Australian beef or beef from other countries, and they've become accustomed.  And two, I think there is some sort of consumer resistance," said McDowell

McDowell said that having Japan back in their trade circle will provide more stability for the Toppenish business.

"It will make us more stable as a business and stability in our community means we continue to be here, we continue to have jobs," said McDowell.