Success Stories

Each year, hundreds of U.S. suppliers participate in Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast’s programs.  As a result, companies are successful at generating new export sales, establishing new distributorships, expanding their production facilities, and hiring additional employees.  Read these success stories to learn more.

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Patience and Diligence Pays Off for Metzger Family Brand

by Food Export | Jul 05, 2016
In September of 2013, Tim Metzger of Metzger Family Brands met a buyer from Vietnam at the Natural Products Expo East Buyers Mission, whom he kept in contact with over an extended period. A year later after communicating, the buyer arranged for samples with an initial pallet. Recently, they secured their first order with the buyer, for one mixed pallet of product with an estimated value of around $5000.00 that was paid up front.

Metzger mentioned that “Food Export did an excellent job in screening the potential exporting candidates for the Buyers Mission, and that we remained focused on the opportunity and recognized we could not move quickly enough than the customer could, and that the order was a genuine need that was recognized and fulfilled.”

Metzger Specialty Brands, Inc. produces pickled vegetables. It offers pickled asparagus, beans, carrots, sweet bells, and snap peas. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in New York, New York. They have participated in numerous program years at Food Export through Buyers Missions, Food Export Helpline and the Branded Program.


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 - Metzger Specialty Brands Inc. is from the 10th Congressional District in New York

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