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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Continued Export Growth to Canada for Illinois Supplier

by Food Export | Jul 23, 2018
In 2014 Olympia Food Industries started using Food Export’s Branded Program to expand their export business. The company developed an export plan to increase sales to Canada and utilized their allocated Branded Program funds tap into potential customers in the market. By increasing their brand awareness and establishing relationships with new distributors and food service contacts they focused on advertising, trade shows, shipping samples and distributing promotional materials to the market.

Last year [2017] the Illinois Supplier used their funds and strong export strategy to continue their export growth to Canada. This March Olympia Food reported a 15% increase in sales to Canada while also gaining 1 new distributorship.

Olympia Foods, based in Chicago, is recognized as a leader among the small group of Gyro giants. This family business was founded in 1972 with family recipes and has developed a line of top quality food options. With perennial favorites like Gyro and others all prepared with the highest of quality standards behind them. For people who follow certain dietary laws or those looking to be more health conscious, Olympia's chicken gyros and all beef Halal gyros are just a few examples of how Olympia responds to customer demand. Whether it's pre-sliced or pre-cooked gyros, cone shaped or loaves, Olympia works with you to develop a product that not only fits your menu and budget, but one that exceeds your expectations.  


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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