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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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Grandma Maud's Inc. Makes First Ever Export Sale to Australia

by Food Export | Jul 11, 2016
Grandma Maud’s Inc., based in Chicago, Illinois, is a well-established producer of pre-packaged Southern meals and seasonings. Though knowledgeable of the U.S. domestic market, they needed guidance in expanding to international markets.

The company signed up for their first Food Export activity in 2014, and met an interested buyer from Australia at the 2015 Midwest Buyers Mission in Chicago. In September of the same year, Grandma Maud’s successfully completed their first ever export sale, totaling $1,400. The Australian company has since expressed interest in ordering a second shipment valued at approximately $5,000. Anticipating future international sales, Grandma Maud’s has hired a broker as well as paid interns to aid with their growing export business.

Grandma Maud’s has also participated in Food Export educational programs such as the Food Export Helpline™ and several webinars in order to get their export business off the ground. Tracy Morgan, Executive Assistant to Grandma Maud’s President, commented that they had “needed a total walk-through – this was our first export sale ever and [Food Export] really led us through it step by step”. Almost immediately after the sale, Grandma Maud’s received positive feedback from consumers in Australia, who were happy to see the company’s products for sale in the country. Ms. Morgan stated that they plan to continue exporting to Australia, as well as participating in Food Export activities.   

Paul  D. Fregia (free-JAY), Grandma Maud’s Founder and President, grew up in the South, where he learned to appreciate the wonderful food his maternal grandmother Maud simmered, stirred and served from her kitchen. He began Grandma Maud’s, Inc. as a tribute to her memory. Paul’s fondness for southern-style comfort food has helped drive the authentic flavors and convenient preparation Grandma Maud’s is famous for. Grandma Maud’s is a producer of muffins, “wellness cookies”, pie mix, seasonings, sauce, and bean meals for the retail and food service market segments. GrandmaMauds3

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 - Grandma Maud's, Inc. is located in the 1st Congressional District in Illinois

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