Learning More About Exporting

In 2019 Fulfill Food & Beverages, LLC, or better known as Karuna, located in St. Louis, Missouri, began utilizing and attending Food Export - Midwest’s activities.

The company has attended Virtual Buyers Missions, educational webinars, utilized Food Show PLUS!™ services, and found great help using the Food Export Helpline™ and Export Essentials Modules.

Karuna is a certified women and minority owned small business by Angela Zeng. Karuna drinks are well known across 16 different states for their fresh, clean ingredients and for being naturally low in sugar. Zeng shared that some of her short term goals include exporting the beverages and incorporating Karuna drinks into airport venues and grocery stores on the East Coast. She is currently looking into exporting to Canada and Hong Kong.

Catherine Bohnert, Fulfill Food & Beverages’ Marketing Specialist, expressed how helpful the Export Essential Modules and Dennis Lynch, Counselor of the Food Export Helpline™ have been. “Dennis Lynch provides timely responses that are tailored to our business with a high level of detail,” said Bohnert. The Missouri Supplier has participated in Food Export’s Virtual Trade Mission to Costa Rica & Panama, the Japan Specialty & Gourmet Virtual Showcase, and the Natural, Healthy, & Organic Virtual Buyers Mission.

“They [Food Export] have done a great job matching the right supplier with the right buyer…I am very impressed by that,” said Zeng, speaking from personal experience after attending several events herself. She went on to express that the guidance, help, and market research from Food Export-Midwest has been wonderful.

Food Export uses funding from the Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) Program and 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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Each year, hundreds of U.S. suppliers participate in the Food Export–Midwest and Food Export–Northeast's programs. As a result, companies are successful at generating new export sales, establishing new distributorship, expanding their production facilities, and hiring additional employees. Read the Success Stories to learn more!

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