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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Pennsylvania Company Realizes Export Potential As A Result of Food Export Programs & Services

by Food Export | Nov 02, 2016
Unique Pretzel Bakery is fairly new to the exporting business. After attending the Northeast Buyers Mission in January 2015 and the Sweets and Snacks Buyers Mission at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in May 2015 they were able to realize the potential for exporting their products.

After having such a positive experience at the Buyers Missions, they were immediately interested in becoming more involved with Food Export-Northeast’s programs and services.

After attending Food Export programs and services in 2015, Unique Pretzel Bakery made sales to the Israel market worth about $13,000. In March 2016, Unique Pretzel Bakery attended the Natural Products Expo West Buyers Mission and realized the interest for their product in other markets such as Mexico, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

According to Rob Rhoads, Brand Sales Manager, “The Food Export programs and services have been a major hub for educating us on the export process and have helped us get started with making connections in international markets.” Rob also stated that from the programs and services he has been able to compile a list of countries where there is export potential when they are ready to emerge fully into the export business. Unique Pretzel Bakery looks forward to continuing their work with Food Export and utilizing the programs and services in order to find success in exporting.

Unique Pretzel Bakery, located in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a producer of the original split-open pretzel. They are a sixth generation family owned company with about 45 employees. In order to keep up with the production demands of their many products consisting of 15 different kinds of pretzels, the company expanded their plant two years ago.

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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