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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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Focused Trade Mission Builds Export Sales for Chicago Supplier

by Food Export | Jul 12, 2016
This past April, Scott Weiss of City Foods, Inc. / Bea’s Best from the 3rd Congressional District of Chicago, Illinois participated in Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to Panama for Retail and Food Service Products. This was the second Food Export Focused Trade Mission for the Chicago based meat producer.

At the mission Weiss was able to meet with seven buyers and made one new agent relationship. The meetings also resulted in actual sales for City Foods in the amount of $85,000 as of June and project to sell $300,000 more over the next twelve months.

City Foods Inc.
, of Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1939; this family-owned company has been in business for over 75 years. The company produces about 400,000 to 500,000 lbs. of beef products per week and can be found in food service and retail outlets in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Central and South America and the Mideast. Their portfolio of meats includes Corned Beef, Pastrami, Roast Beef, Salted Meats in Pails, Breakfast Beef and Beef Bacon for Retail, Food Service and Private Label Customers.


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 June 2016 - City Foods, Inc/Bea's Best is located in the 3rd Congressional District in Illinois 

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