Global Textile Executives Tour U.S. Cotton Belt
Textile executives from 17 countries saw how U.S. cotton is produced, processed and marketed while visiting the U.S. Cotton Belt this week as part of the 39th COTTON USA Orientation Tour. The Tour aims to drive additional U.S. cotton into the marketing chain by expanding the flow of information about U.S. cotton and cotton products, and building business relationships between U.S. exporters and global textile executives.
Executives from 27 companies from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam joined the Tour. These companies are expected to consume about 3.1 million bales in 2015, while U.S. cotton exports to those companies are estimated at about 1 million bales.
The Tour participants visited a cotton farm and gin in the Mississippi Delta, observed cotton research in Mississippi and North Carolina, and saw the USDA cotton classing office in Bartlett, Tennessee. They also met with exporters and U.S. cotton industry organizations in the four major Cotton Belt regions.
Since its inception in 1968, these Tours have targeted hundreds of up-and-coming textile executives from more than 60 countries, familiarizing them with the U.S. cotton industry.