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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New Jersey Supplier Utilizes the Branded Program to Expand Exports

by Food Export | Feb 17, 2017
Kontos Foods, Inc. from Paterson, New Jersey is a U.S. based manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods. Founded in 1987, Kontos works with retail and food service market segments domestically and internationally. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched Flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as over 50 varieties of multi-ethnic Flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry.

Kontos In 2013 Kontos started working with Food Export utilizing the Branded Program to help defer the costs of domestic and international trade show exhibition. Last year, the New Jersey Supplier utilized their allocated Branded Program funding to expand their exports in the United Arab Emirates. Planning to attend Gulfood and meet distributors for their products was a priority. And as reported in January of 2017, they had great success with their plan. Kontos was able to report substantial new sales to UAE and they project to increase their sales to the country by 33% over the next twelve months.

Kontos also participates in Food Export’s Online Product Catalog and has attended Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions and utilized Food Show PLUS!™ services at trade shows.

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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