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 Helps Chicago Supplier Gain Exports

by Food Export | Jul 20, 2018
Utilizing the Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program through Food Export since 2009 has helped City Foods, Inc. dba Bea’s Best expand their exports to Bermuda, Panama, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Trinidad & Tobago. Using their allocated funding to defer costs of attending international trade shows, ship samples and make label/packaging modifications has been key to helping this Chicago based supplier gain brand recognition and sales abroad.

Most recently in 2017 City Foods used their MAP funds to focus expanding the sale of their meat products to Bermuda, Panama and the United Arab Emirates. The company utilized 100% of their allocated to funds and were able to report this January new export sales of over $140,000 to the three markets and project over $340,000 in sales over the next twelve months. City Foods also gained 13 new foreign buyer contacts and established 3 new distributors.

City Foods Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1939; this family-owned company has been in business for over 75 years. The company produces about 400,000 to 500,000 lbs. of beef products per week and can be found in food service and retail outlets in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Central and South America and the Mideast. Their portfolio of meats includes Corned Beef, Pastrami, Roast Beef, Salted Meats in Pails, Breakfast Beef and Beef Bacon for Retail, Food Service and Private Label Customers.

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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