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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Premium Sauces and Spices Reach Canada

by Food Export | Mar 20, 2019
In September 2018, minority-owned Pyramid Foods LLC, located in Shawnee, Kansas, in the 3rd Congressional District, attended Food Export – Midwest’s Focused Trade Mission to Toronto for Specialty and Natural Products where they met a buyer from Canada. In September, they made a first-time market sale of $5,400 and project export sales of $25,000 over the next twelve months.

According to Luther Tooks, C.E.O of Pyramid Foods, LLC, “This Focused Trade Mission was the most productive of any Trade Mission I attended in 2018. I think it should be the model for all Trade Missions. This one had fewer Retail/Wholesale Buyers but more Distributors and Brokers. That is what enabled us to begin exporting products to Canada quicker.” Additionally, Luther also said “[It] was productive. In fact, we just received an order from a new Distributor who I met with when I was there last year! We have established exporting business partnerships with two Canadian Distributors to date. We have also established a business partnership with one established Canadian Broker. All three of these business partnerships are a direct result of my participation in last years’ Toronto Focused Trade Mission. In addition, we are continuing to communicate with exporting prospects that I met when I attended both the Specialty Buyers Food Mission in New York City and the Midwest Buyers Mission in Kansas City, Missouri last year. There are promising opportunities to export our products to the U.A.E, Mexico, Belgium and France during 2019. We accept the reality that it will take longer to build business partnerships with these prospects and that it will require a lot more follow up communications and patience. But we are confident that we will succeed in exporting products to each of these countries in 2019.”      

As a result, Pyramid Foods LLC continues to grow and create new connections in markets across the globe. Pyramid Foods LLC is a producer of premium quality sauces & seasonings.
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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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