Success Stories

Each year, hundreds of U.S. suppliers participate in Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast’s programs.  As a result, companies are successful at generating new export sales, establishing new distributorships, expanding their production facilities, and hiring additional employees.  Read these success stories to learn more.

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  • Michigan Company Exports to Canada

    Aug 04, 2017
    In February of 2017, Safie Specialty Foods Company, located in Chesterfield, Michigan in the 10th Congressional District, attended the Focused Trade Mission to Vancouver for Specialty, Natural, and Private Label Products where they had one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers from the Canadian Market. During the event, they made a sale of their pickled products worth $25,000.
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  • Branded Program Helps Spice Things Up with Sweet Export Sales for Midwestern Company

    Aug 04, 2017
    Acme Organics LLC is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 5th Congressional District; and is a manufacturer/processor of Triple Crown Organic BBQ sauces in the sauces and purees market segment. During 2016, Acme Organics utilized funds from the Branded Program that they used to market their products in Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, and France. During 2015 they reported having no export sales, but in 2016 they reported their export sales having jumped to $45,000 while utilizing Branded Funds. In 2017 they expanded from four markets to seven, adding Sweden, Japan, Norway, Taiwan and South Korea and continuing in Denmark and United Arab Emirates. They have projected sales of at least $10,000 in six different countries with one of those countries reaching $85,000 in projected sales; making for a grand total of $145,000 in projected sales due to 2016 Branded efforts. Two of those six countries represented the company’s first time sale to market and three of the sales represented a 20% increase in sales for the company. During 2016 Acme Organics also created a dozen new foreign contacts.
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  • Life Plus Style Gourmet Finds Success at Northeast Buyer's Mission

    Aug 02, 2017
    Life Plus Style Gourmet, LLC is a small grocery wholesaler from Valley Stream, New York that was formed in 2013.The company manufacturers, designs, and packages gourmet food products including coffee, gourmet syrups, cocktail mixers, Himalayan salt, assorted spices and sugars, and recently launched Coney Island Popcorn. Life Plus Style Gourmet LLC has participated in Food Export’s Branded Program, Food Export Helpline™, Webinars, numerous Buyers Missions and Focused Trade Missions, and is increasing participation greatly in 2015.
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  • BobbySue's Nuts are Gracious for the Continued Support of Food Export

    Jul 31, 2017
    Within the past few years, BobbySue’s Nuts, located in Chappaqua, NY (the 17th Congressional District), has participated in Food Export’s Branded Program where they gained knowledge to help understand and prepare for exporting. Through the Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program, they have developed relationships with two distributors in Canada which they send product to regularly as well as an affiliation with a large purchaser in Asia. In 2016, they had a 400% increase in sales outside of the U.S. and hope to at least double that number again by the end of 2017.
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  • Dakota Specialty Enterprises Engages in New Export Opportunities in South Korea

    Jul 27, 2017
    In July 2017, Roman Meal Company, one of the four Dakota Specialty Enterprises, Inc. companies, located in Fargo, North Dakota, met with potential buyers in South Korea through the Food Export Association Rep Finder service. The Rep Finder service facilitates direct meetings between companies and a select group of targeted importers. Dakota Specialty Enterprises, Inc. is already engaging in further business discussions with the potential South Korean buyers.
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  • Cricket Powder Food Bar Supplier Grows Exports with Help of Branded Program

    Jul 26, 2017
    In 2013 Brown University students Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz ordered 2,000 live crickets to their campus apartment in the quest to create a healthy, delicious, and socially-responsible protein bar. They quickly discovered a recipe for a protein bar made with cricket flour that packed a lot of protein into few calories and Exo, Inc. was born.
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  • First Time Export Sale for Vermont Supplier

    Jul 26, 2017
    SBFK Inc. (Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup) from Londondery, Vermont is a small, “family and friends” maple sugaring operation. With a unique process for their sweet, smoky maple syrup they use a gentle infusing of the richest and darkest pure maple syrup with hardwood smoke.
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  • Missouri Supplier Gains Exports Through Focused Trade Mission

    Jul 20, 2017
    In May of 2017, several US Companies participated in a Focused Trade Mission to Taiwan for Retail and Food Service Products. The two-day mission exposed the companies to pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with qualified Taiwanese Buyers, a market briefing and a tour of Taiwan’s major retail stores.
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  • Branded Program Continues to Help Increase Exports from New York Supplier to Canada

    Jul 19, 2017
    Hauppauge, New York-based business Clever Cookie utilizes Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program to help expand their export sales. In 2016, the company focused their export efforts on Canada because they saw trends there were mirroring those happening in the United States and both countries had similar needs. Clever Cookie was able to report sales of $816,000 last year due to contacts made at trade shows and funding and support received through Food Export.
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  • Export Future Looks Promising for Grandma Mae's Country Naturals

    Jul 14, 2017
    In 2017, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals, located in several different sectors of New York including Congressional Districts 12 and 22, attended Interzoo, a worldwide trade show in Germany where they developed relationships with Hong Kong as well as an affiliation with another important overseas market which is projected to procure $500,000 in revenues starting in 2018. In addition, between the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, their export business has tripled due to the extensive use of MAP between Hong Kong and South Korean distributors.
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  • Premium Pet Products Travel to the Netherlands

    Jul 11, 2017
    On March 21, 2017, Scout & Zoe’s Premium Pet Products, located in Anderson, Indiana in the 5th Congressional District, attended Food Export’s Pet Food Buyers Mission at the 2017 Global Pet Expo where pre-qualified, international buyers meet with Food Export affiliated companies to develop strong relationships and make on-site sales. At this Buyer’s Mission, Scout & Zoe’s had a first time market sale with a buyer from the Netherlands called Champion Petfoods Benelux, selling bakery/biscuit treats, carrot dog treats, and sweet potatoes treats.
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  • Gaining Export Sales with the Market Access Program

    Jul 06, 2017
    Shinestone Trade LLC, from Okemos, Michigan traveled to Shanghai, China in November of last year to exhibit at the Food & Hotel China Show. The Michigan Supplier also chose to utilize Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services available at the show. The Food Show PLUS!™ services included introductions to qualified buyers, a market briefing by the local USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service, a local retail tour, and on-site assistance while at the show.
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  • Export Market for Michigan Supplier

    Jul 05, 2017
    North Bay Produce from Traverse City, Michigan utilized Food Export’s Branded Program funding in 2016 to introduce their blueberries and apples to Japan. Taking advantage of the 50% reimbursement through the Market Access Program funded Branded Program helped North Bay make over 77 new contacts in Japan and form 10 new agent relationships.
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  • Focused Trade Mission Builds Export Sales for New Jersey Supplier

    Jul 03, 2017
    In January of 2017 Phillipsburg, New Jersey based LD Distribution Services LLC attended Food Export’s Northeast Buyers Mission in New York, New York. At the mission they met with seventeen different international buyers interested in learning more about the company’s products including their condiments, confections, and baby food products.
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  • Brooklyn, New York Supplier Gains Export Sales to Canada

    Jul 03, 2017
    Damascus Bakery is a family bakery located in in the heart of a Middle Eastern community in downtown Brooklyn that opened in 1930 by a passionate grandfather with strong dreams to put Damascus flat breads on every dinner table.
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  • Indiana Company Breaks Into More Export Sales

    Jun 30, 2017
    In June 2016, Clabber Girl Corporation, from Terre Haute, Indiana, attended Food Export’s 2016 Caribbean & Central America Buyers Mission for Retail & Food Service Products where they were introduced to qualified buyers from many international markets. During their meetings, they were able to secure $15,500 in actual sales and are projecting to sell another $90,000 over the next twelve months. One of the sales was their first-time export sale to the market, and they reported that their total sales resulting from this activity increase their sales by 20%. They also gained four new foreign agent relationships by participating in the Buyers Mission
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  • International Success for Ingredients Company from Kansas

    Jun 30, 2017
    In October 2016, Cereal Ingredients, located in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the 2nd Congressional District, attended Food Export’s Bakery Ingredients Buyers Missions at the 2016 International Baking Industry Exposition, where they met with pre-qualified international buyers from several different markets, including Brazil, Taiwan, India, China, Vietnam, and South Korea. During their time at the Buyers Mission they reported $150,000 in actual sales. As a result of making 15 new foreign contacts, they are projecting to have an additional $250,000 in sales
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  • Linking New York to China Via Exports

    Jun 29, 2017
    In 2016, Golden Link Inc., a Washingtonville, New York based company, continue to grow and succeed in China as a result of the Market Access Program funded Branded Program. The Branded Program provided funding that allowed Golden Link to concentrate on their exporting plan to China.
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  • Lafeber Spreads its Wings with Branded Program

    Jun 29, 2017
    In 2016, Lafeber located in Cornell, Illinois in the 16th Congressional District, utilized Food Export’s Branded Program to exhibit at several major veterinary shows in Europe. As a result of exhibiting at these shows, they met over 272 foreign buyers; achieved actual sales of over $200,000 within 6 months of the shows; and made first-time export sales to Ireland, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, and Latvia. Lafeber saw over a 20% increase in their export sales due to these marketing efforts.
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  • Maine Lobster Company Looks to Expand its Wholesale and Restaurant Division into the Hong Kong Market

    Jun 27, 2017
    Cape Seafood, LLC, based in Saco, Maine, is a seafood processing company specializing in Maine lobsters and Jonah crab. It was founded in 2012 by two brothers, Luke and Bryan Holden, in order to supply seafood to their rapidly growing restaurant group called Luke’s Lobster. Luke’s Lobster and Cape Seafood are vertically integrated to the docks allowing for complete transparency to their customers at their 26 shacks domestically and 6 abroad in Japan. Cape Seafood creates the highest quality value-added, ready to eat products from lobster and crab that they sell both retail and wholesale. Cape Seafood processes 5 million pounds of lobsters and 1 million pounds of crabs annually.
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