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 Program Generates Multiple Market Export Sales

by Food Export | Jan 18, 2017
Since 2000, Equitrade Group has been using the Branded Program to exhibit at U.S. and International tradeshows. Their persistence has helped them increase export sales by $2M in the last three years.. As a direct result of Food Export Branded Program, Equitrade was able to significantly increase exports to Colombia and Chile in 2015. The company was able to report $100,000 in actual sales to Colombia, $60,000 in sales to Chile and also a noteworthy $120,000 to Nicaragua last year.

The success made a positive impact locally as well, as the Chicago based company has had to increase their office staff to alleviate the influx of work. The continued growth in the international markets has played a role to continue to create more jobs.

Equitrade Group, located in Chicago, Illinois, is an export management company that sells a variety of products for the retail and specialty food market segments including sauces, dairy products, bakery and cereal products, snacks, syrups, frozen waffles, and processed meats.

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 export increases, 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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