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 Snack Company Finds Success In Canada & Mexico

by Food Export | Feb 26, 2020
In 2019 Belmont Foods dba Hello Delicious located in Northbrook, Illinois, in the 10th Congressional District, participated in a variety of Food Export-Midwest events and activities including the Online Product Catalog, Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions, and the Branded Program.

At the Natural Products Buyers Mission at Expo West Belmont Foods met with 10 international buyers from a variety of markets and reported first time export sales to Brazil and Japan with $15,000 in initial sales and $325,000 in projected export sales as a result of the activity.

They also participated in the 2019 Focused Trade Mission to Mexico for Private Label, Food Service, and Retail Products and the USDA Trade Mission to Canada to continue to develop their brand in the Mexican and Canadian markets.  Initial results show $250,000 in projected export sales to Mexico and $500,000 in projected export sales to Canada as a result of attending the missions.

In addition to participating in several of our Market Entry activities they also once again participated in the Food Export-Midwest Branded Program and used their allocated funds to help offset the costs of tradeshows and events in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Belmont Foods has been utilizing the Branded Program to increase their international marketing efforts since 2014.

Belmont Foods is a producer of sweet and savory snack foods and dried fruit snack products for the retail sector.


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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