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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  • Missouri Supplier Gains Export Success on Focused Trade Mission

    Jun 12, 2017
    US International Foods, based in Saint Louis, Missouri, specializes in exporting high quality food and grocery products from the United States to growing markets around the world. Knowing the demand for US food products is rising internationally, they specialize in the distribution of American-made food products around the world.
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  • Belmont Foods Gains Exports to Japan

    Jun 12, 2017
    Utilizing the Market Access Program funded Food Export Branded Program for three years has helped Illinois based Belmont Foods significantly expand their export sales to the Asian rim. Their strong marketing plan demonstrates their focus on the region with trade show plans and a strategy to build company and product recognition with sample and demo product promotions.
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  • Michigan Supplier Increaes Exports to Cananda

    Jun 12, 2017
    In May of 2016, LorAnn Oils, from Lansing, Michigan, attended and exhibited at the Bakery Showcase in Toronto, Canada where they connected with multiple interested buyers from the country. Gaining 15 new foreign contacts and gaining exposure for their baking and flavoring emulsions and concentrated baking flavorings was a key achievement for the supplier.
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  • North Dakota Company Grows Export Sales

    Jun 08, 2017
    In 2016, JM Grain Inc. located in Garrison, North Dakota, participated in Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ at SIAL Paris. There with the help of their Market Access Program (MAP) funded Food Show PLUS!™ services they made over 100 foreign contacts and reported actual sales of $2,386,000 and are projected to have total export sales of $5,000,000.
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  • Live Lobster Wholesaler, Maine Coast, Expands Global Operations With Help of Continuous Participation in Food Export Programs

    Jun 07, 2017
    Established in 2011 and headquartered in York, Maine, Maine Coast is a live lobster wholesaler which has successfully tapped into growing demand of live lobster on a global stage. The company has a holding capacity for 180,000 pounds of live lobster between its facilities in York and Boston, Massachusetts, and employs 50 people year-round company-wide. In 2015 the company was also a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Exporter of the Year for Maine.
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  • US Greens Grows Success

    May 31, 2017
    In 2016, US Greens, LLC, located in Larned, Kansas, in the 1st Congressional District, saw great success due to MAP (Market Access Program) funding. They attended trade shows and developed 10 new international customers with help from Food Export’s Branded Program funding. The export buyers they met with were from 9 different countries. They have received orders from five--Belgium, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and Hong Kong. Overall to date, due to MAP, they have sold approximately $211,000 internationally. What success!
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  • Wisconsin Craft Brewer Makes Sale to Taiwan

    May 19, 2017
    Minhas Craft Brewery of Monroe, Wisconsin participated in Food Export’s Midwest Buyers Mission in Madison, Wisconsin in August of 2016. While there, they connected with a Taiwanese buyer and made their first export sale to the buyer with additional assistance through the Food Export Helpline™.
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  • Branded Program Continues to Help Increase Exports to Mexico for Michigan Cooperative

    May 18, 2017
    Cooperative Elevator Co. is an agricultural cooperative situated in Michigan's "thumb" - a rich agricultural region offering fertile soils, tiled fields, adequate rainfall, and temperatures moderated by Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. Since 2005, Cooperative Elevator Co. has been using Food Export’s Branded Program to modify their packaging for the Mexico market. Each year, the packaging must be modified to prevent others from copying the packaging and producing counterfeits
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  • New Export Market for Experienced North Dakota Exporter

    May 10, 2017
    In June 2015, Premium Gold Flax Products, Inc., from Denhoff, North Dakota participated in Food Export’s Specialty Foods Buyers Mission at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show. At the Mission they chose to meet with International Buyers from Antigua, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and Israel.
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  • Market Access Program Funds Help Ohio Supplier Increase Exports

    May 10, 2017
    1-2-3 Gluten Free started using Food Export programs and services in 2004 and is now exporting to six countries. The company’s newest export endeavor stemmed from its participation in the Branded Program for an internationally attended trade show. Founder, Kim Ullner, got her products in front of several international buyers including one from Australia. “The buyer from Australia has committed to purchasing three containers of our baking mixes, which represents well over $93,000 in sales.”
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  • Brooklyn Supplier Utilizes Branded Funds to Expand Exports

    May 10, 2017
    An idea in 2013 helped create Brooklyn, New York-based ProFormance Foods, Inc.’s latest Protes Protein Chips. This revolutionary protein-based chip is the product of two college friends who realized a need for protein-dense snacks that were different from the oversaturated market of protein bars and shakes.
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  • Illinois Fishery Increases Exports to China

    May 10, 2017
    In May of 2016 Schafer Fisheries participated in Food Export’s Food Service Buyers Mission at the National Restaurant Association Show where they met with eight international buyers. The buyers reviewed the Sun Perch, Catfish, Bullhead, Carp, Gar, Bass, Crappie, Troup and Paddlefish products offered by the Illinois Supplier.
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  • Original Gourmet Food Company Continues to Find Export Success at Food Export Buyers Missions

    May 04, 2017
    In June of 2016, Original Gourmet Food Company, from Salem, New Hampshire, attended Food Export’s Specialty Food Buyers Mission at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show where they acquired export sales of $40,000. These sales helped the New Hampshire supplier increase export sales over 20% in two different international markets, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The supplier also projects another $80,000 in sales over the next twelve months due to the six new buyer contacts they acquired at the mission.
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  • New Export Markets for Pennsylvania Supplier

    May 04, 2017
    Pennsylvania Company Grovara, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania achieved huge sales after meeting international buyers at Food Export Natural Products Buyers Mission at the 2016 Natural Products Expo East Show. The mission introduced the Supplier to qualified buyers from Brazil, Canada, Cayman, Hong Kong, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. After the mission, Grovara was able to report new export sales to Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates for $95,000 and projected another $150,000 in sales over the next twelve months.
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  • Branded Program Helps Maine Lobster Company Develop New Exciting and Sustainable Relationship

    Apr 19, 2017
    Calendar Islands Maine Lobster LLC, located in Portland, Maine, started out in 2009 when Calendar Islands lobstermen decided to join their multigenerational knowledge of Maine lobstering and their love for local lobster recipes into an innovative business venture. Less than a decade later, Calendar Islands Maine Lobster serves as no less than a complete supply chain partnership between lobstering families, talented chefs and dockside lobster processing operations, managing the greatest Maine natural resource from catch to table. Since 2009 Calendar Islands has been marketing a line of value-added lobster products along with conventional whole lobster as well as tails and meat in both retail and foodservice.
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  • Maine Lobster Company Increases Exports Through Participation in Food Exports Programs

    Apr 18, 2017
    Ready Seafood, located in Portland, Maine, was founded by two brothers John and Brendan Ready in 2004. It all started with the brothers deciding to join efforts in leasing a small warehouse space on Portland’s commercial waterfront, versus paying rent for an apartment. They choose to live and work at the warehouse, while growing their business of buying and selling fresh and frozen Maine Lobster.
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  • Michigan Company Takes Its First Steps to Exporting

    Apr 17, 2017
    In August of 2016, Herkner Farms, located in Traverse City, Michigan, in the 1st Congressional District, attended Food Export’s 2016 Midwest Buyers Mission in Lansing, Michigan. They spoke with several buyers from Asian and Central American markets during the one-on-one meetings. Since then, the company has had contact with many potential buyers and is excited for future trade shows and finding more export opportunities.
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  • Buyers Mission Connects Bucks County, PA with Central America

    Apr 12, 2017
    Agostino Foods, located in Bristol, PA, in the 8th Congressional District, first attended the 2015 Caribbean & Central American Buyers Mission for Retail & Food Service Products, also attended again in 2016. They made connections with buyers from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. As a result, Agostino Foods’ first year export sales were projected at $350,000 through these connections. In 2017, they are projected to do $1,000,000.00 in export sales.
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  • Branded Program Brings Veggie Fries to Cananda and Mexico

    Apr 03, 2017
    Farmwise LLC dba Healthy Life Brands is a family-owned business located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in the 4th Congressional District. On a mission to get families to eat more veggies, Farmwise’s innovative Veggies Fries® and Veggie Tots™ offer healthier alternatives to traditional frozen French fries and tots. These revolutionary products are made from a blend of farm-grown vegetables, legumes, and potatoes and provide two vegetable servings in every ten fries and twelve tots.
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  • Buyers Mission Supplier Earns First time Sale to UAE

    Mar 31, 2017
    In August of 2016, City Foods, Inc./ Bea's Best, located in Chicago, Illinois in the 3rd Congressional District, attended Food Export’s Midwest Buyers Mission where they had the opportunity to meet food service buyers from around the world in a one on one setting. On site they made a sale of over $20,000 and they have projected $100,000 more in sales over the next twelve months.
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