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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New Jersey Supplier Increases Exports to UAE

by Food Export | Sep 10, 2018
Kontos Foods, Inc. from Paterson, New Jersey is a U.S. based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods. Founded in 1987, Kontos works with food service and retail market segments, domestically and internationally. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched Flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita® (producing over 60 varieties of multi-ethnic Pita and Flatbreads), Fillo Dough, Fillo Pastries, and other high-quality Mediterranean foods. Kontos Foods, which has over 275 employees, was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos and his son Steve, who together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry.

In 2013 Kontos started working with Food Export utilizing the Branded Program to help subsidize the costs of domestic and international trade show exhibition. Last year, the New Jersey Supplier utilized their allocated Branded Program funding and expanded their exports in the United Arab Emirates. Planning to attend Gulfood and meet distributors for their products was a priority. And as reported in January of 2018, they had great success with their plan. Kontos was able to report new sales and project continued growth over the next year while also gaining new foreign contacts and agent relationships.

Kontos has also attended Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions and utilized Food Show PLUS!™ services at trade shows.

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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