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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Illinois Supplier Increase Export Sales

by Food Export | Jul 07, 2016
One of Food Export’s premiere programs is its Food Show PLUS!™ services made available to registered U.S. suppliers traveling overseas to international tradeshows. Food Show PLUS!™ can maximize tradeshow success with: pre-show product research, material translation, in-market briefings, lead generation and more.

E. Formella & Sons Inc. of Countryside, Illinois attended the Canadian Restaurant & Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show in March of 2014 and utilized Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services to maximize their success at the expo.
As a result of utilizing Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services, E. Formella was able to report achieving actual sales of $30,000 and reporting projected sales of $250,000 over the next twelve months. This would also represent a first-time export sale to the Canadian market.

Kathy Formella of E. Formella & Sons Inc. has utilized Food Export services since 2003, taking advantage of the Food Export Helpline™, Food Show PLUS!™ services, Market Builder, Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions, the Online Product Catalog, seminars and webinars. Of the activity in Canada, Kathy has stated, “Food Export’s Canadian In-Market Consultant and team did a wonderful job setting up meetings with great Brokers. She also informed us with positive feedback from the Brokers and provided us with a spreadsheet of companies that could carry our products.”

E. Formella & Sons Inc. is a producer of Giardiniera, Olives, Muffuletta, Peppers for the retail, food service and private label market segments. They were named one of Illinois’s Exporters of the Year in 2014 and take great pride in their family owned organization.

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 - E. Formella & Sons Inc. is located in the 3rd Congressional District in Illinois

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