Learning More About Exporting

Karviva, certified women and minority-owned small business, is an innovative and award-winning natural food and beverage company based in Saint Louis, Missouri. They have found Food Export's educational programs to be pivotal in their export journey.

Inspired by the virtues of Buddhism, Karviva’s philosophy for compassion not only cares deeply for the world within us — our bodies and our minds — but also for the world around us. They believe that creating delicious products from wholesome ingredients also means shouldering the environmental and social responsibilities. Their product creation is deeply rooted in their belief in the ancient wisdom “Food Is Better Medicine” combined with modern nutrition and medical research and each Karviva product is designed to serve a purpose that consumers have demanded.

In 2019 Fulfill Food & Beverages, LLC, or better known as Karviva, from St. Louis, Missouri, began participating in Food Export programs and events. The beverage supplier began with educational programs to gain knowledge of the requirements to export and the variants of each export market’s prerequisites.

In February 2021, Fulfill Food & Beverages participated in Food Export’s Virtual Trade Mission to Costa Rica. This Virtual Trade Mission connected U.S. supplier participants with qualified buyers in Costa Rica.  All the meetings took place over video conference, not requiring the participants to travel to the market as travel restrictions were still a factor in traveling to the market at the time.  As a result of these meetings, Fulfill Food & Beverages reported 18 new foreign buyer introductions and they project to complete $6,000 in export sales over the next twelve months.

“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. She went on to express that the guidance, help, and market research from Food Export-Midwest has been wonderful. Catherine Bohnert, Fulfill Food & Beverages’ Marketing Specialist, also expressed how helpful the Food Export Export Essential Modules have been in helping them prepare for the Trade Mission.


The Missouri Supplier has participated in Food Export’s Virtual Trade Mission to Costa Rica and Panama, the Natural, Healthy, and Organic Virtual Buyers Mission, and the Japan Specialty and Gourmet Virtual Showcase. They also participate in the Branded Program, Export Essentials, webinars, and the Online Product Catalog.

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.


Trade Lead Follow-Up Success

Food Export Education Success

Focused Trade Mission Success

Focused Trade Mission Success


Market Access Program (MAP) Funding

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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!

If your company has a success to share, email us at info@foodexport.org.


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