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HighQuest Subsidiary Trade Show to Foster International Trade With New Partners (3.23.2010)

HighQuest Subsidiary Trade Show to Foster International Trade With New Partners

Midwest Shippers Association Annual Conference to Be Co-Located in Minneapolis

Soyatech LLC -- SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME -- March 23, 2010 -- Soyatech, LLC will hold its fifth annual Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 4-6, 2010, Soyatech CEO Chris Erickson announced today.
In addition, the Midwest Shippers Association will co-locate its seventh annual Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show at the same venue, creating an unparalleled opportunity for U.S. and international agribusiness leaders to explore global industry trends, network and negotiate new trade business at one major industry gathering.

“Co-locating these industry events provides an opportunity to develop an incredible nexus of high level, strategically important content, attendance of our largest ever contingent of commodity buyers from around the world and networking opportunities with potential business partners,” said Chris Erickson, CEO of Soyatech, LLC. “We look forward to joining new and returning agribusiness leaders in Minneapolis during the first week in October!”

“We are excited to be part of bringing a major, high impact international grain and soybean industry event to the Upper Midwest this year,” said Bruce Abbe, executive director of the Midwest Shippers Association. “This event will put a global spotlight on the soybean and grain production capabilities of our region of the U.S. and on the shipping and infrastructure needs and opportunities we have in meeting the world’s demand for high quality food.”

Individually, these conferences will continue to provide unparalleled content focusing on key industry trends, opportunities and challenges, including:

• supply and demand forecasts for major commodities, vegetable oils and protein meals;
• opportunities and challenges for the agribusiness sector in the implementation the new U.S. National Export Initiative;
• strategies for improving trade volume and quality output for importing countries around the world;
• the ability of international regulatory agencies to provide oversight on the safety of the global food and feed value chain;
• priorities in commodity infrastructure and transportation;
• emerging technological innovations for the grain and oilseed handling and processing industries.

Complementary tours to local agribusiness facilities, which have been popular facets of recent Soyatech events, will be arranged in the Minneapolis area.

Early sponsors for Soya & Oilseed Summit/Global Soybean & Grain Transport and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show include: U.S. Soybean Export Council, Agniel Commodities, Agri Logistics, CME Group, The DeLong Company, National Corn Growers’ Association, Novus International, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Port of New Orleans, SGS, Soy Transportation Coalition and SunOpta Grains and Foods Group.

For more information about these conferences, visit
www.soyatechevents.com or call 800-424-SOYA. Combined registration and sponsorship packages are available.

About Soyatech, LLC

Soyatech (
www.soyatech.com) is a global media, marketing, and event company that assists food, oilseed, agri-business, and agri-transportation sector firms to assess and develop market opportunities through its publications, conferences, webinars, and widely-used internet platform. More about Soyatech-produced conferences can be found here: www.soyatechevents.com. Founded in 1985, the company publishes the annual Soya & Oilseed Bluebook, the industry’s leading source of information on oilseed and agribusiness companies and products, an industry-focused email newsletter (in daily and weekly editions), and Soyatech.com, the award-winning business-to-business online resource for the industry. Soyatech’s information services are referred to by tens of thousands of the world’s leading commodity, food and biofuels companies in over 100 countries every week. Soyatech, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of HighQuest Partners.

About Midwest Shippers Association

The Midwest Shippers Association (
www.midwestshippers.com) is a regional trade association cooperative that serves to promote marketing and facilitate shipping and delivery of specialty grains to consumers and the food industry worldwide. The Midwest Shippers Association serves the region of the United States made up of the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. This Upper Midwest region produces some of the highest quality, premium specialty grains available anywhere.

The region also benefits from having an extensive transportation infrastructure, leading educational and research institutions, grain industry suppliers, and grain quality regulatory system which has enabled Midwest Shippers’ members to become reliable suppliers and partners with food industry buyers throughout the world.

About HighQuest Partners LLC
 
HighQuest Partners (www.highquestpartners.com) is a management consulting and strategic advisory firm that helps executive teams around the world to make better informed decisions about their strategies, investments/m&a, and governance. Since 1992, HighQuest and its subsidiary SJH & Company have completed over 500 strategic assignments for strategic players and financial investors & their portfolio companies in the global grain, oilseed, food, agribusiness, biofuels, industrial, & financial services sectors.

For More Information Contact:

Joe Jordan, Soyatech
207.266.6224
joe@soyatech.com

Bruce Abbe, MSA
952.253.6231
bruce@mnshippers.com

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