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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First-Time Market Sale for Brooklyn Hot Honey

by Food Export | Jul 09, 2019
Utilizing Food Export – Northeast’s Market Access Program funded Branded Program has assisted Brooklyn, New York based Mike’s Hot Honey gain a first-time market export sale to Canada. In 2018, the supplier used the program to increase their market share in Canada by conducting in-store sampling events and shipping samples to distributors and prospects.

This past January Mike’s Hot Honey President, Michael Kurtz was able to report that the company gained 5 new foreign contacts, established 1 new agent relationship and completed sales of $17,000 as a first-time market sale with help from their Branded Program funding.

Established in Brooklyn, New York in 2010, Mike’s Hot Honey is a chili pepper-infused honey and, quite possibly, the world’s most versatile condiment. Their sweet and spicy Hot Honey is a delicious pairing with a wide variety of foods including pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads, fruits, cheeses and even ice cream. Mike’s Hot Honey is a dynamic condiment made with the heat-lover in mind. Mike’s Hot Honey is made with wildflower honey harvested from New York apiaries. They are proud to support local beekeepers and their hives.

A Branded Program participant since 2015, Mike’s Hot Honey also participates in the Online Product Catalog, the Food Export Helpline, and has attended the Specialty Foods Buyers Mission at the Summer Fancy Food Show for three years.


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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