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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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Ohio Supplier Expands Exports to Japan

by Food Export | Jul 08, 2016
East-West International Group, Inc. is no stranger to exporting. With more than 20 years of experience, President Jiunn-Der Wu, who goes by JD, knows how to connect buyers and sellers from around the world, and has done so again in the Japanese market.

In July, 2014 East-West International Group, Inc., an Asian-American owned business located in Moreland Hills, Ohio, succeeded in establishing Aranda’s tortilla chips in the Japanese market for the first time with a sale valuing approximately $60,000.00. The Aranda Tortilla Company is a small tortilla manufacturer, has continued to receive orders from Japan. Aranda has experience working within the Asian market, specifically Korea and China, and the sales within Japan have even contributed to the hiring of two full-time employees.

By utilizing Food Export's Branded Program and participating in the Trade Mission offered by the Food Export Association of the Midwest in October, East-West was able to travel to Japan in order to strengthen existing relationships and foster new ones. According to JD Wu, one new contact gained during the Food Export-led Trade Mission to Japan may result in a contract ranging from $50,000 -$100,000 in sales for NaturAlmond, a brand of all-natural almond butter manufactured by the family-owned Georgia Grinders company. This would become the first international sale recorded for the NaturAlmond brand. Jaime Foster, co-owner of Georgia Grinders, believes the opportunity could result in substantial growth for the business, as this would be the largest purchase order to date, and would require four additional part-time workers to complete. “If this sale results in an ongoing relationship, there would definitely be a need to hire additional full-time contract workers,” Jaime says.  

East-West International’s participation in the Branded Program allowed nearly $20,000 in marketing expenses to be reimbursed while attending  . “I really enjoy working with all of the staff and appreciate all of the assistance and funds to help develop a more international market,” JD Wu said of his participation with Food Export.

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 November 2015 - East-West International Group, Inc. is located in the 14th Congressional District in Ohio

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