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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The First Step Towards Exporting

by Food Export | Jul 11, 2016
In September 2015, Morning Song Gardens, from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in the 14th Congressional District, attended the Natural Products East Show where they used Food Export-Midwest’s Branded Program to exhibit. It was their first time participating in a trade show and the Branded Program’s generous cost reimbursement enabled the show to be an affordable option.

This led to making successful buyer connections and brand promotion.  They met two buyers from Japan and Germany, which led to promising inquires for export.

According to Patrick McDaniel, Marketing and Technology Director for Morning Song Gardens, Food Export’s Branded Program proved to be helpful in his efforts thus far. “Attending Expo East was a step beyond our comfort zone. As a small business that carefully monitors its resources, all of our sales and marketing endeavors need to be carefully planned and executed. The Branded Program was the helping hand that bridged the gap not only financially, but also by providing the education and moral support needed to tread the uncharted waters of international trade.” As a result, Morning Song Gardens was able to achieve increased sales, expanding their reach to Illinois and Pennsylvania.  They hope to bring their continued success overseas and enter new markets.

Morning Song Gardens is a producer of Bee Balm Creams, honey and olive oil based soaps, Shower, Shave & Shampoo bars, lip bee balms and more. They are in many health food stores and shops both larger and small.

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 February 2016 - Morning Song Gardens is located in the 14th Congressional District in Ohio

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