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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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Export Future Looks Promising for Grandma Mae's Country Naturals

by Food Export | Jul 14, 2017
In 2017, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals, located in several different sectors of New York including Congressional Districts 12 and 22, attended Interzoo, a worldwide trade show in Germany where they developed relationships with Hong Kong as well as an affiliation with another important overseas market which is projected to procure $500,000 in revenues starting in 2018. In addition, between the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, their export business has tripled due to the extensive use of MAP between Hong Kong and South Korean distributors.

A relationship that has been developing over the last two Global Pet Expos has also landed Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals to sign with a new distributor in Ireland--their largest pet supply retail chain. With this new contract, an opening order of almost $100,000 will be processed within the next few months and is expected to grow annually. Grandma Mae's

According to Barry Berman, President, “The extra work required for the export increases already experienced meant the addition of new positions.” As a result, this has caused the sales office in New York City to hire a new employee who spends her time working on EU compliances and other Ireland requirements to support the Ireland project as well as the addition of 1.5 employees in the plant at Sherburne, NY and warehouse in Norwich, NY.

Grandma Mae's Country Naturals is a producer of cat and dog food in the pet food industry. Established a decade ago by a group of independent pet store owners, Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals uses the highest- quality ingredients and processing to ensure no artificial flavors and preservatives as well as the elimination of corn, soy, wheat, gluten, dairy, and antibiotics.

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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