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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Iowa Company Utilizes Market Access Program to Expand Exports

by Food Export | Aug 15, 2018
Living Water Commodities, a division of Hawkeye Gold of Ankeny, Iowa participated in Food Export – Midwest’s Value-Added Feed Ingredient Buyers Mission at the World Pork Expo in June 2018.

While there, they met with a buyer from South Korea who was interested in Dried Distillers Grains.  In the meeting they initiated sales discussions and continued communication for the next few weeks.  Shortly thereafter they signed a first contract for dried distillers grains shipment to Korea.  After a successful preliminary order, they received a few subsequent orders came in which totaled over $1,000,000 USD.

According to Jerry Wang, General Manger at Living Water Commodities, “The Pork Expo Buyers Mission is well organized and a valuable platform for suppliers.  I’m happy to come to the events organized by Food Export again.”

Hawkeye Gold, established in 2007, has been a major domestic and export trader of distillers grain.  Owned by J.D. Heiskell, a 128 year old company, Hawkeye has an extensive network throughout the supply chain – with emphasis on logistics, finance and risk management.

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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