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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Branded Program Success for Illinois Supplier

by Food Export | Jul 02, 2018
In 2017, EquiTrade Group located in Chicago, Illinois, in the 7th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program that helped them gain $300,000 in new export sales to Mexico. This past February, the supplier was able to report these new sales and also projected to complete $400,000 in sales over the next twelve months. They also made four new foreign contacts and gained 1 new agent relationship while utilizing their allocated Market Access Program (MAP) funds.

The Illinois Supplier has been making use of the MAP funded Branded Program since 2000. EquiTrade has also participated in various Food Export Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions, the Online Product Catalog, and the Food Export Helpline™.

The EquiTrade Group is an exclusive Export management company trade representative for a number of manufacturers in market segments such as Ready Meals/ Prepared Meals, Dairy, Bakery Products, and more. Behind these products stands an input chain consisting of a wide range of American business that contribute to the successful sale of these branded products abroad, from the agricultural growers, the plants which process, prepare and package the foods, the industrial designers who create the packages and labels, advertisers who devise the promotional campaigns, and the freight shippers and truckers who are responsible for delivering the products to their destination.

Food Export uses funding from the Market Access Program (MAP) to help America’s small businesses increase their exports of food and agricultural products. As these exports increase, these small businesses are creating jobs and improving the strength and stability of our agricultural economy. Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast are non-profit organizations that work in collaboration with their member state departments of agriculture and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. They offer a wide range of programs and services that help boost America’s agricultural exports.  

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