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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Branded Program Pays Off for New York Pet Food Supplier

by Food Export | Jul 29, 2019
Since 2013, New York based, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals has participated in Food Export - Northeast’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program. Grandma Mae’s utilized the program’s 50% reimbursement for international marketing and promotions in several international markets. Grandma Mae’s has seen tremendous growth in export sales due to utilization and assistance of the MAP funded program. From 2016 to 2017 alone, the company was able to double its export sales. This was heavily due to the assistance from the Branded Program for promotions in South Korea.

Most recently in 2018, Grandma Mae’s focused their market strategy on building brand awareness in Hong Kong, Germany, and South Korea. They attended many international tradeshows, completed advertising campaigns, and created promotional items to promote their Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals pet products.

These efforts came with great success as this February they were able to report earning over $750,000 in export sales to Hong Kong, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and Ireland. This comes with also acquiring 400 new foreign buyer contacts and establishing 2 new agent relationships. The company is also projecting over $1M in export sales over the next twelve months.

Grandma Mae's Country Naturals is a producer of cat and dog food in the pet food industry. Established a decade ago by a group of independent pet store owners, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals uses the highest- quality ingredients and processing to ensure no artificial flavors and preservatives as well as the elimination of corn, soy, wheat, gluten, dairy, and antibiotics.

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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