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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Branded Program Helps First-Time Sale to the Middle East for Michigan Company

by Food Export | Jul 11, 2016
GF Cooperative Inc. dba Graceland Fruit, Inc. located in Frankfort, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest single-providers of infused dried fruits; such as cranberries, cherries and blueberries. Graceland, in business since 1973, has achieved records sales each of the past three years with a focus on diversifying their business internationally.

Participation in the Branded Program has been invaluable in growth markets such as China and South Korea, but it has also allowed Graceland to focus on new and emerging markets. In May of 2015, they used fifty-percent reimbursement support provided by the Branded Program to exhibit for the first time at the INC in Antalya (the INC World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress is a nut and dried fruit industry event held annually in different locations throughout the world). It was there they obtained their first sales to customers in Jordan and Argentina for nearly $100,000, with both customers having long-term growth opportunities.   Graceland2016

Customer Sales & Service Manager, Kelly Moore said, "Participating in Food Export-Midwest’s Branded Program has made it affordable to participate in the tradeshows and buyers missions that have assisted in growing our international markets to over 50 countries, representing 40% of our business. Food Export-Midwest has been a valuable tool for our success in the international market.”

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 April 2016 - G F Cooperative Inc. dba Graceland Fruit, Inc. is located in the 1st Congressional District in Michigan

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