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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Export Connections are Established at Focused Trade Mission

by Food Export | Jan 10, 2019
In April of 2018, Bella Lucia Inc., located in Altoona, Pennsylvania attended Food Export – Northeast’s Focused Trade Mission in Toronto for Specialty and Natural Products. During the mission they had the opportunity to make close connections with buyers from Canada. They are actively communicating with a buyer seeking to expand exports to this market in 2019.

Currently, they are in the process of figuring out pricing and translating labels.  

According to Maryann Cook, President of Bella Lucia, “Participating in the Food Export Trade Mission was very successful due to all the connections, including distributors, brokers, and store owners.” She received great feedback from being able participate in the onsight visits to meet store owners because it gave her a real picture of the market. Also, she received valuable information regarding protocol and regulation from Evan Mangino, Agricultural Attache for USDA FAS Canada.

Bella Lucia, founded in 2009, offers a wide variety of gluten free items. Their remarkable products are handmade, non-gmo, and all-natural gluten free pizzelle cooking. Bella Lucia was founded with the belief that there is a better way to eat gluten free without giving up flavor and taste. They strive to offer the best tasting gluten free product to clients at affordable prices. Many of their customers state, “you will never know they are gluten free”.

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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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