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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 Helps Increase Exports for Connecticut Supplier

by Food Export | Oct 11, 2016
The Bites Company participated in Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to Toronto Ontario, Canada on September 6th-8th of 2016. During the Mission Food Export’s In-Market Representative took participants on a tour of local retail stores in the Toronto area and arranged one on one business meetings with potential buyers, distributors and brokers.

During the retail tour, additional meetings were arranged with a store owner who expressed interest in meeting with some of the companies that were participating.  The Bites Company was one of those chosen to meet with the owner of the store.  Dina Upton, Owner of The Bites Company said, “We went in to the meeting arranging our product and telling our story, when the owner opened a bag of our delicious bites he stopped my presentation dead.  He said the bites reminded him of a cookie his mother use to make for him.  He called his wife down to the meeting and asked her to write up a pallet order.  It was so exciting!” The Connecticut Supplier returned home and began baking right away.  The shipment was picked up September 19th.  This was their first shipment to Toronto and yielded a 100% increase in sales for The Bites Company exports.

The experience gave The Bites Company a presence in Toronto, Canada.  They look forward to continuing to work with the store owner and hopefully expTheBitesCompanyanding with other relationships created while attending the Focused Trade Mission

The Bites Company, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, established in 2011, produces all-natural, bite-sized biscotti in three flavors: almond, lemon, cocoa and gluten-free varieties are also available. All biscotti are made from scratch and can be found in specialty food stores across the Northeast and Illinois.

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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