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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King Orchards Begins Export Journey

by Food Export | Aug 31, 2018
King Orchards, Inc., located in Central Lake, Michigan, of the 2nd Congressional District made a new export sale and contact with distributors in South Korea and China as a result of their participation in the 2017 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Trade Mission to China and the 2017 Food Export Focused Trade Mission to South Korea. According to Juliette King, Project Manager for King Orchards, “We were able to make a first ever export sale valued at $1,300 as a direct result from our participation in Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to South Korea. We also have a pending export sales order valued at $31,000.”

In addition, while attending the 2017 MDARD Trade Mission to China and the 2017 Food Export Focused Trade Mission to South Korea, the company was able to form new relationships with distributors and importers. “We still have communication with distributor and importer contacts in China and South Korea,” King explained. “The trade missions were a great learning experience. Not only did we meet buyers representing a wide range of the food industry, but we got to learn about the shopping and eating habits of the local culture.”

King Orchards Inc. has been growing fruit in Michigan since 1980. Although they specialize in growing over 140 acres of Montmorency tart cherries, they also produce Balaton cherries, black sweet cherries, apples, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, and nectarines. As growers, King Orchards is committed and working hard to grow quality fruit for consumers across the globe.

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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