Davis biotech firm Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. on Tuesday said it signed an agreement to market and distribute two of its bioinsecticides in Mexico, a key market for agricultural products consumed by Americans.
The agreement was signed with Agri Star, a company of Iowa-based Albaugh LLC, which bills itself as the largest U.S.-based manufacturer and formulator of off patent agricultural crop-protection products.
Agri Star, headquartered in Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco, is Albaugh’s primary distributor in Mexico.
The agreement calls for the distribution and marketing of Marrone-branded bioinsecticides Grandevo and Venerate, which protect against chewing and sucking insects and mites, plus various soil-inhabiting pests. The pests can disrupt growth of a wide range of major crops, including fruits, vegetables and nuts.
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Mexico is a major producer and exporter of fruits and vegetables, with exports to the United States alone totaling $19.3 billion from 2013 to 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
Marrone touts the environmentally friendly nature of its pest-control products.