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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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Branded Program Funding Helps Increase Exports for New Jersey Supplier

by Food Export | Nov 09, 2016
Epicore Networks, a New Jersey based supplier of aquaculture feed, engaged with Food Export USA Northeast in 2012 as they were seeking opportunities to enhance their relationships with new partners in Ecuador and other Latin American markets.

Fernando Garcia Abad, Aquaculture Business Development Director, knew the company stood to benefit from the cost-sharing Branded Program.  Since first working with the Food Export – Northeast Branded Program the company has successfully been reimbursed for nearly $150,000 in international marketing expenses while increasing Latin American sales from $3.5 Million to $6.6 Million in annual sales.

“The Branded Program has allowed us to enhance our existing international relationships.  Offering our foreign partners a strong level of marketing support has been a key to growing those relationships and building our brand recognition within the industry.” Said Mr. Garcia Abad, “Using these funds to enhance our professional image over the past four years has solidified Epicore’s market presence and allowed us to expand beyond Ecuador, to Brazil and Honduras, with other markets looking to come online in the near future.”  He added, “Having this cost-share program available from the start allowed us to double our budget for international promotions which in-turn is allowing us to strategically grow our business in other parts of the world.”  In fact in Q2 of 2016, Epicore hired a new team member dedicated to developing their emerging business in Asian countries.

Epicore Networks is a major manufacturer and supplier of biotechnology and nutritional products around the world for diversified industries. Their head office and production facilities are located in Eastampton, New Jersey where they design, develop and manufacture innovative and environmentally responsible biotechnology products and specialty animal feeds. Epicore is a major manufacturer and supplier of biotechnology and nutritional products around the world for diversified industries.

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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