Expanding Horizons: Black Swan Inc. Gains New Export Market

Uncover the story of Black Swan Inc. and how this BBQ Sauce supplier gained a new export market at a Midwest Buyers Mission.

In July 2022, Black Swan Inc., located in Illinois, attended Food Export-Midwest’s 2022 Midwest Buyers Mission. This mission attendance was the tenth time the BBQ Sauce supplier attended Food Export’s annual Buyers Mission in Chicago.   

During the event, Black Swan met with buyers from Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, and Canada. The meetings allowed the Dundee, Illinois-based supplier the opportunity to present their award-winning barbeque sauces to buyers. In December, Black Swan reported that after the mission, they continued conversations with the buyer from Spain and completed a sale worth $10,000. This sale to Spain is the first-time sale for Black Swan to the market.   

As a result, Black Swan Inc. gained a new export market, increased brand awareness, and built relationships with multiple international buyers.  

Black Swan Inc. produces Premium, Prestige, All-Natural BBQ Sauces. Black Swan products are the highest quality available. Their label art is superb and very attractive. They offer their export clients flexibility and attention to detail for their unique markets.    

Black Swan Inc. has participated in Food Export programs since 2007, participating in the Food Export Helpline, the Online Product Catalog, and has attended multiple Buyers Missions.   

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.

Food Export Buyers Mission Success

Food Export Buyers Mission Success


First-Time Export
Sale to a New Market


A company headquartered in the U.S.
Midwest region

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