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Food Export Helpline™ Supports The Gluten Free Bar's Strategy for Exports

by Food Export | Jul 05, 2016
The growing trend of gluten-free products has expanded worldwide with top markets in North America, Europe and Australia, according to Euromonitor International. To begin exporting to these markets, The Gluten Free Bar is building a valuable knowledge base with Food Export resources such as the Food Export Helpline™.

The Food Export Helpline™ counselor supported The Gluten Free Bar with general export requirements, declarations specific to Australia and a template of the proper forms and information required for future export sales. The Food Export Helpline™ is a complimentary service that provides customized counseling to both new and experienced export companies.

“Food Export-Midwest has been very helpful to start building a base of knowledge for export to several regions,” said Co-Founder of The Gluten Free Bar, Marshall Rader. “We are in the process of organizing our international sales strategy and Food Export’s Branded Program, Helpline™ and webinars have been very helpful to begin the process and make sure we are properly prepared for export sales.“

After proper preparation and the knowledge gained from Food Export programs, The Gluten Free Bar is beginning to take larger steps to begin exporting by participating in the Midwest Buyers Mission in July 2014 and the Focused Trade Mission to Canada for Natural and Specialty Products in September 2014. The Midwest Buyers Mission offered The Gluten Free Bar meetings with 10 international buyers including buyers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada and South Korea.

The Gluten Free Bar calls Grand Rapids, Michigan home. Founded in 2010 by two brothers, The Gluten Free Bar is a fast growing company that sells gluten-free protein snacks for retail, food service and private label channels. International Marketing Manager Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

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.

Story written July 2015 - The Gluten Free Bar is from the 3rd Congressional District in Michigan

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