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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Branded Funding Helps Klara's Gourmet Cookies Enter Canadian Market

by Food Export | Sep 29, 2016
In June, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies exhibited at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show with the help of Food Export’s Branded funds. They successfully gained three new foreign buyer contracts and made a sale of their gourmet macaroons and shortbreads, worth over $2,000, to Canada that following August. These sales mark the Massachusetts Supplier’s first entrance into the international market.

Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, LLC, located in Lee, Massachusetts, in the 1st Congressional District is known for their home-baked, traditional Eastern European sweets. Klara’s is a small business, owned and operated by Klara Sonotova and her husband, Jefferson Diller. She immigrated to the United States from a small village in the Czech Republic at the age of 19 with the dream of continuing her family’s long tradition of baking sweets and in 2009, she fulfilled her dream.

According to Owner and Baker, Jefferson Diller, “Overall, Food Export has helped us tremendously with their economic support. Being a part of Food Export and their Branded Program has allowed exposure to markets we may not otherwise have an opportunity to enter.” As a result, they were able to increase sales, increase purchase of bulk goods, and hire a new full-time employee.

To bring out the pure, authentic flavors of her family heirloom of sweets, Klara’s Gourmet Cookies uses organic, non-GMO ingredients whenever possible.

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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