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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Expanding Export Sales for Chicago Supplier

by Food Export | Aug 09, 2016
In July 2014, Mr. James Hurley, President of La Preferida, Inc., from the 3rd Congressional District of Chicago, Illinois attended the SIAL Canada show and utilized Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services.

The Food Show PLUS!™ services, pre-show product research, invitations to targeted international buyers, material translation and on-site show assistance from Food Export’s In-Market Representative, helped the Illinois Supplier achieve actual sales of $10,000. And after the post show sale they were also able to report projected sales of $50,000 more over the next twelve months. This sale represents a 20% increase in sales to the market for La Preferida.

La Preferida has used Food Export services for over fifteen years. Taking part in the Branded Program, the Online Product Catalog, using Food Show PLUS!™ services, attending Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions and webinars.

Since 1898 the La Preferida family has been involved in the food business. Over one hundred and fifteen years and four generations of family, La Preferida continues to be supported by strong customer loyalty in several of America’s major markets.

La Preferida offers a full line of more than 200 authentic Mexican food items, including frijoles, salsas and jalapeños in the retail and food service market segments. For more information about this company and their products visit their website at:

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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.


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