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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Illinois Chip Supplier Gains Exports with Helpline™ Assistance

by Food Export | Dec 13, 2017
NatureStar Foods, Inc. dba Plocky's Fine Snacks, from Hinsdale, Illinois, has utilized Food Export programs and services for almost ten years. Plocky’s Fine Snacks are veterans when it comes to exporting their products. Over the past five years, Plocky’s has exported to Canada, China, Dubai, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Caribbean Islands - expanding their international sales and experience. Since 2010, Plocky’s has participated in Food Export Buyers Missions, Webinars, the Food Export Helpline™, Online Product Catalog, Food Show PLUS!™, and the Branded Program.

While utilizing many Food Export services, it is still the Food Export Helpline™ that the Illinois Supplier continually relies on for export assistance. In 2016, using the Helpline™ helped Plocky’s realize approximately $181,348.00 in new export sales. The largest customer being in China with sales of over $80,000.00. Assisting the company with documentation questions and freight forwarding issues, the Food Export Helpline™ was a valuable aid to get these new shipments overseas.

Plocky’s was established in 1988 and incorporated under the name NatureStar Foods, Inc. Over the years, they have developed a portfolio of on-trend products, including an extensive line of specialty tortilla chips and hummus chips made from real hummus. Their new product,  PrOTATO CRISPS,  was introduced at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, January 2017.  It was recognized as one of the top 10 new innovative products at the Show – selected from over 80,000 products.


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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