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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The First Step Towards Exporting

by Food Export | Jan 18, 2017
In March 2015, JonnyPops LLC, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in the 5th Congressional District, attended the Natural Products West Show where they used Food Export-Midwest’s Branded Program to exhibit. It was their first time participating in that trade show and the Branded Program’s generous cost reimbursement enabled the show to be an affordable option. This led to making successful buyer connections and brand promotion. They met two buyers from Taiwan and Australia; which led to promising inquires and projected sales for export.

According to Erik Brust, CFO and CEO, Food Export’s Brand Program proved to be helpful in his efforts thus far. “We wouldn’t have even considered exporting if it weren’t for the Branded Program and Food Export’s support.” As a result, JonnyPops now has an international sales budget and projecting to do upwards of $50,000 for 2017.  They hope to solidify a presence in the Taiwan and Australian markets in the coming months.

JonnyPops is a producer of frozen fruit bars and they pride themselves on making this wholesome treat with only using real fruit, cream, cane sugar and a pinch of salt. They are expanding throughout the Midwest and now moving internationally!

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 members 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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