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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Illinois Fishery Exports to Sweden

by Food Export | Jan 18, 2017
Schafer Fisheries, Inc., located in North Western Illinois, is the Midwest’s largest processor and wholesale/retail distributor of fresh fish and frozen seafood. This family owned business, established in 1954, purchases and processes fresh fish caught by over 100 commercial fishermen within a 1,000 mile radius. Their distribution reaches from California to Maine and all points in between, as well as internationally, thanks to their flash freeze process.

Schafer Fisheries, Inc. listed their products in Food Export’s Online Product Catalog and the exposure led the Illinois Fishery to an export sale to Sweden. As a result, in 2010 they landed a new export sale for their herring and white fish roe totaling $120,000.

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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