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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Illinois Supplier Increases Exports With Branded Program

by Food Export | Jun 20, 2019
In 2018, Agave Loco, LLC, located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, in the 10th Congressional District, participated in Food Export - Midwest’s Branded Program that helped them to reach nearly $5 million in new annual export sales to Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

In February, this branded consumer goods manufacturer was able to report these new sales and also projected to complete a growth in export sales of nearly 20% sales over the next twelve months while also making over 500 new channel and consumer contacts and gaining 14 new agent relationships.

The Illinois Manufacturer has utilized the Market Access Program funded Branded Program since 2014. Agave Loco, LLC has also received access to and/or participated in Food Export Webinars, Helpline, Market Builder, and the Online Product Catalog.

Agave Loco, LLC is the producer of RumChata, the perfect blend of rum, cream, cinnamon, and vanilla. RumChata is now sold in a combined 27 countries, territories and business segments. These include commercial, military and duty free channels.


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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