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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Successful First Focused Trade Mission for Minnesota Company

by Food Export | Jul 11, 2016
In May 2016, Kinesis for Markets Merging in America (KIMMA), located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, participated in the Focused Trade Mission to Brazil for Retail and Food Service Products. In Brazil, they participated in a retail tour of the market, took advantage of the pre-event market research and assistance from Food Export’s In-Market Representative, and one-on-one meetings with buyers to get a better understanding of the market.

As a result of these services, KIMMA reported an astonishing $80,000 in projected sales!  Their success did not stop there however. There were also five new agent relationships made and 25 new foreign contacts.  They were busy making connections!

Cristina Domogma, the CEO and Trade & Development Specialist with KIMMA had this to say about the trade mission, “The Focused Trade Mission to Brazil was a tremendous success! I found the best suitable distributor for Way Better Snacks, and the conversations are moving forward to bring their products to this market. I was blown away by the quality of the services that the In-Market Representative’s office provided for us. That, along with the quality of the meetings arranged, surpassed my expectations for overseas trade offices' performance.”

KIMMA is an export-management company out of Saint Paul, Minnesota.  They are new to the Food Export – Midwest Branded Program and this trade mission to Brazil was their first of many.  As they grow to represent more companies, KIMMA is looking to become a household name in the exports of food and agricultural products out of Minnesota.   

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 May 2016 - Kinesis for Markets Merging in America (KIMMA) is located in the 4th Congressional District in Minnesota

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