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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"Craft Whiskey of the Year for 2016" Exported from Pennsylvania

by Food Export | Jan 18, 2017
In 2015, Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC, located in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in the 8th Congressional District, utilized Food Export’s Branded Program to expand their sales to new international markets. They made sales of their Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey to France, Germany, and the United Kingdom for initial sales valued at $30,000, $15,000, and $5,000 respectively.

Mountain Laurel Spirits used the Branded Program to help cover the costs of attending international trade shows in all three of the countries to whom they now have continued exporting sales. Herman Mihalich, who attended the international trade shows for Mountain Laurel explained that the Branded Program made exporting overall easier by, “making it easier to afford initially”.

 The company reflects a careful, homemade, and local attitude by making their product form rye grain sources from Bucks county Pennsylvania and barley malt from Wisconsin. Recently, Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC added one person to their production side and expanded their facilities due to an overall increase in demand domestically and internationally.  It was the winner of “Craft Whiskey of the Year for 2016” according to Whisky Advocate, and now, as international sales continue, more of the world can enjoy the award winning whisky from Pennsylvania. 

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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