The fourth in a 4-part series where we explore the types of documentation needed to approve reimbursement claims for the Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast Branded Program.
by Mike Hamrock, International Marketing & Branded Program Associate, Food Export – Midwest
This is the fourth blog in a 4-part series where we will explore the types of documentation needed to approve reimbursement claims for the Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast Branded Program. You’ll find information on our requirements, tips, common mistakes and resolutions, and more. Other topics in this series will include: Proof of Payment, Invoices, and Proof of Activity.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Branded Program reimbursement process is the U.S. Origin Statement.
All international activities and materials (including product labels, promotional materials, advertising, booth signage, etc.) must identify the origin of the agricultural commodity as being of U.S. origin. This critical documentation piece not only shows that your products are 50% (by weight) made up of American ingredients, but it also helps to actively promote United States agriculture, food, and beverages abroad.
Some common and eligible examples of U.S. Origin Statements include:
*Full name of a U.S. state, no abbreviations, can substitute for “U.S.,” “USA,” or “America” in the above statement.
If you are interested in using an alternative option that aligns more with your products and marketing scheme, please get in touch with Branded Program staff to ensure your origin statement is approved.
The U.S. Origin Statement for advertisement expenses submitted under the program vary from expense to expense. Here are a few types and the specific U.S. Origin Statements we have accepted:
Printed Promotional Materials/Advertisements
*Product of the USA visible in the bottom right corner
Social Media/Online Advertisements
Give Away Items
*Hecho en E.U.A visible on label
In-Store Promotion Materials
*Made in USA visible on cardboard promo item
As always, if you have any questions on your reimbursement claim documentation, you can contact your Branded team, we’re here to help!
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