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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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Gelato Fiasco Continues to See Value in Food Export Activities

by Food Export | Jul 07, 2016
Founded in 2007, the Gelato Fiasco produces specialty gelato and sorbetto using only milk from Maine and other local ingredients. The company now produces their product at three facilities, has over twenty-five employees, and their pints are available at more than 500 grocery and specialty stores in the country.

In 2012 Joshua Davis, Managing Owner of The Gelato Fiasco, attend the Maine Food Means Business Summit and met with a Food Export staff member. The next spring they attend Food Export’s Caribbean and Central American Buyers Mission. At that mission they achieved $60,000 in export sales. After success there they went on to attend the Natural Products East Buyers Mission and then attend Food Export’s Northeast Buyers Mission in 2014. With help from the Food Export Helpline™ and the Food Export Advisor Program, through Food Export’s Online Product Catalog trade leads as well as sales to buyers from the 2013 Caribbean & Central American Buyers Mission and the 2014 Northeast Buyers Mission, Gelato Fiasco has made export sales worth $370,000.

Food Export’s Branded Program has allowed them to exhibit at tradeshows whereas the company would not have been able to afford to do so without the program assistance. Gelato Fiasco has noted that they very grateful for all the help they have received through Food Export’s Helpline™ and the Branded Program. Per Joshua Davis, Managing Owner, “It’s exciting for a small, young company like ours to be able to grow our business by matching up with companies looking to import new, high quality products from Maine. Our participation in the programs offered by Food Export-USA is the only way for this to be feasible.”

Gelato Fiasco has used Food Export activities to substantially grow their export business. The company would not have been able to exhibit at multiple high-profile domestic shows without Food Export’s assistance. Gelato Fiasco’s commitment to supporting Maine agriculture means that as they expand, Maine dairy farmers and wild blueberry harvesters will prosper as well.

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 August 2015 - The Gelato Fiasco is located in the 1st Congressional District of Maine

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