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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First Time Export Sale for Vermont Supplier

by Food Export | Jul 26, 2017
SBFK Inc. (Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup) from Londondery, Vermont is a small, “family and friends” maple sugaring operation. With a unique process for their sweet, smoky maple syrup they use a gentle infusing of the richest and darkest pure maple syrup with hardwood smoke.

In October of 2016 the Vermont Supplier traveled to Tokyo, Japan to participate in Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to Japan for Ingredients, Food Service and Retail Products. Mission services available to SBFK were pre-event market research, an in-marketing briefing, a tour of supermarkets and GMS operators, translation of materials for the showcase, interpreters, one-on-one meetings and assistance with lead qualification follow-up.  SBFK

With their great product and in-market assistance it is no surprise that SBFK was able to report this past February actual sales of $500 to Japan marking a first-time sale to the market for them.

“Sugar Bob” Hausslein told us, “We have traction in Japan, and are about to send over our second sample and tester kit, worth about $1500, and are following up with quotes on pallet quantities. Our rep there is also making inroads in Taiwan. Separately, we are shipping to Switzerland, and Food Export’s advice has been helpful. Also, our trip to Vancouver may yield our biggest play yet - stay tuned for some good success stories!” We look forward to hearing all about SBFK’s success, congratulations!

SBFK Inc. has participated in Food Export’s programs since 2016 being part of the Online Product Catalog, attending Buyers Missions and Focused Trade Missions and participating in the Branded Program.

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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