Pet Food Supplier Gains International Sales Thanks to the Food Export Helpline

In 2020, Stella & Chewy’s, headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in the 1st Congressional District, participated in the Food Export – Midwest’s Helpline™ for the second year in a row.

They started the year strong by watching Food Export’s “Top Dog: Pet Food Exports Continue to Grow” webinar in May 2020. After which they had follow up questions about the pet food opportunities in China, so they registered for the Food Export Helpline and were put in touch with Food Export Helpline Counselor Dennis Lynch. Dennis was able to conduct market research about premium wet and dry dog and cat food in China and provide them with a variety of helpful reports and data. A few months later they had similar questions about the pet food opportunities in other major pet food markets, to which Dennis once again provided detailed market research to help them.

As a result of the assistance, they received from the Food Export Helpline™ in 2020 they reported a significant lift in new export sales with double digit year over year growth in total export sales!  

They have re-enrolled in the program for the 2021 Program Year.

Stella & Chewy’s manufactures a variety of premium pet foods that are able to meet the needs of all pet parents while delivering best-in-class nutrition. Named for the dogs that the owner, Marie Moody, adopted from a local shelter back in 1997, the company has grown significantly over the last 18 years. What started in the tiny kitchen of a 600 square foot, one-bedroom apartment, has expanded capacity rapidly and now they operate a 400,000 square foot main facility in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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.  

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