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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Belle Cove Success In Three International Markets

by Food Export | Sep 19, 2018
In 2017, Belle Cove, located in South Portland, Maine, in the 1st Congressional District, utilized Food Export’s Branded Program funds to contribute to marketing efforts in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand. Food Export’s Branded Program offers 50% cost reimbursement for approved international marketing activities. On a mission to provide value-added and high quality seafood from the United States to tables around the world, the U.S Supplier utilized their allocated funding to attend foreign trade shows, conduct in-store demonstration in key retail channels, and develop a multi-language website.

Belle Cove, with the help of the funding from Food Export’s Branded Program was able not only to expand in three different international markets but also to create market sales in Singapore and Thailand for the first time ever. The Market Access Program (MAP) funding helped Belle Cove to increase their actual export sales by $900,000 and project an additional $1,100,000 in future sales. Their efforts also earned them over 30 new buyer contacts and created 8 new agent relationships.

Belle Cove is strategically located in Maine, USA, where the clean, cold ocean water and rocky coastline produce some the highest quality seafood in North America.


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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