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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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Market Access Program Funds Help Ohio Supplier Increase Exports

by Food Export | May 10, 2017
1-2-3 Gluten Free started using Food Export programs and services in 2004 and is now exporting to six countries. The company’s newest export endeavor stemmed from its participation in the Branded Program for an internationally attended trade show. Founder, Kim Ullner, got her products in front of several international buyers including one from Australia. “The buyer from Australia has committed to purchasing three containers of our baking mixes, which represents well over $93,000 in sales.”

“We have participated in many Food Export programs, including the Branded Program, Food Show PLUS!TM, Buyers Missions, Market Builder and Focused Trade Missions. All of these programs have been beneficial in helping us learn what we need to do to meet customer needs within markets; introducing us to qualified buyers; helping us print market-specific packaging and ensuring that we can grow our international sales to meet our target goals. We continue to receive offers to move our manufacturing to other countries but we are committed to producing top-quality products in the United States – utilizing U.S. ingredients and labor. The funding we receive from the Market Access Program helps us keep our manufacturing here while exporting our finished goods to other areas around the globe,” Ullner explained.

1-2-3 Gluten Free of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, offers retail and food service sizes of baking mixes. Some of the mixes are fortified, some are sugar-free and they have a complete line including cookie, brownie, pancakes, cake mixes, flour, etc.  All of 1-2-3 Gluten Free's products are GMO-free.

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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