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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Meeting Growing Pet Food Demand in Mexico

by Food Export | Jul 06, 2016
Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company has been around for 80 years and participating with Food Export’s Branded Program since 2003. In 2008 while exhibiting at a U.S. tradeshow they made contact with a representative of Sanocan S.A. de C.V. of Mexico.

Since then they have been slowly building interest and sales in that country.  Sanocan has been helping Evanger's take advantage of the Branded Program by promoting their brand through magazine advertisements in magazines, creating PR material and brochures, banners, giveaways, exhibiting at shows, and store shelf displays.  Year to date they have made $150,000 in sales, double of what they sold for all of 2014.  More orders are coming and they have almost reached their production capacity.  Fortunately they are moving to a new facility which should help accommodate the demand.

President Holly Sher says, “If it weren’t for the Food Export program, I wouldn’t even export.  The program motivated me to try exporting, and is one organization that actually supports smaller businesses in the USA.”

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., located in Wheeling, Illinois, has been around since 1935.  They remain a family owned and operated company that produces additive and preservative free dog and cat food.  They were the first to create a pet food that was hand packed and contained whole pieces of meat and vegetables; they also produce a Kosher line, living up to their slogan of producing “People food for pets”.

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 - Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company is located in the 10th Congressional District in Illinois

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