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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Minnesota Cider Company Uses Food Export - Midwest Branded Funding to Explore New Markets

by Food Export | Sep 10, 2019
In 2019, Sociable Cider Werks, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the 5th Congressional District, participated in Food Export – Midwest’s Branded Program. They are utilizing their Branded Program funds in to help offset the costs of exhibiting at trade shows and other international marketing efforts in the U.S. and Mexico.

According to James Watkins, Managing Director of Sociable Cider Werks, the cost of goods is increasing, specifically paperboard and aluminum packaging materials. Several of their products are also subject to higher import tariffs. The Minnesota Supplier used their allocated funding to help pay for a booth at Americas Food & Beverage Show and BAR19 at the National Restaurant Show. Sociable Cider Werks also used the funding to help explore the Mexican market and attend Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to Mexico for Private Label, Retail, and Food Service Products in July of 2019.

Sociable Cider Werks brews freshly-pressed apples with a variety of fruits, grains, hops, and spices. The Cidery and taproom is located in NE Minneapolis.


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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