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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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Wisconsin Supplier Expands Export Markets

by Food Export | Jul 07, 2016
In July of 2014, The Stone Group from Green Bay, Wisconsin, in the 8th Congressional District, attended the Midwest Buyers Mission where they met with buyers from Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Brazil, Philippines, India and Guatemala.

The following September they made a fruit sale of $56,000 to Colombia. Soon after followed sales of $50,000 to Lithuania, $20,000 to Malaysia, $100,000 to South Korea and $100,000 to Costa Rica. The sales to Guatemala and Costa Rica represent first-time export sales to the market. This Buyers Mission also enabled The Stone Group to make over ten new buyer contacts and increase export sales over 20% to six different markets.

Post event Mike Stone, CEO of The Stone Group, stated of the mission, “Fabulously done! Well organized, excellent buyers. Good communication. Was happy to see the In-Market Representatives at the Mission.”

The Stone Group specializes in marketing and sales of food and agricultural products along with export sales and strategy. During the Midwest Buyers Mission, Stone was representing the Wisconsin Cranberry Cooperative for the retail and food service market segments. The Stone Group has participated in Food Export activities since 2008 utilizing the Helpline™, Food Show PLUS!™ services, Focused Trade Missions, Buyers Missions, webinars, Market Builder and the Online Product Catalog.

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 Stone Group is located in the 8th Congressional District in Wisconsin

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