Increased Exports to Canada for Illinois Supplier

In 2017, Wood Dale, Illinois based Rush Direct, Inc. utilized Food Export - Midwest’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program to increase their market share and brand identity. Utilizing the 50% cost reimbursement Branded Program helped Rush Direct defer costs from attending multiple Canadian trade shows.

Attending these shows helped Rush Direct gain 2 new foreign contacts that helped them earn $200,000 in new export sales to Canada while also projecting to complete $280,000 more in sales over the next twelve months.

Started in 2003, Rush Direct, Inc. from Wood Dale, Illinois, is a Certified Woman-Owned Business and supplier of dog and cat treats.

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.  


New Foreign Buyer Contacts
Branded Program Success
Branded Program Utilization Success
Market Access Program (MAP) Fund Utilization

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