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 Snack Manufacturer Completes First Export Sale

by Food Export | Dec 14, 2017
In June 2017, Cheesewich, located in Lyons, Illinois in the 3rd Congressional District, completed their first export sale to Canada worth $50,000. Throughout the process, Cheesewich participated in Food Export programs and services to help complete the sale.

In 2016, Cheesewich utilized Food Export’s Branded Program to redesign their packaging and labels to be compliant with Canadian labeling regulations. The Branded Program reimbursed Cheesewich 50% of the modification expenses to ease the financial burden of entering a new market.

With support from Food Export’s Helpline™ service, Cheesewich successfully delivered their first export sale. The free Food Export Helpline™ service was able to provide Cheesewich guidance on their Harmonized System code, shipment documentation, and manufacturing approval contacts to needed to complete the sale.

According to Anthony S. Migacz, President, “The first order is important but the second order is the one that really counts! Food Export has been helpful in growing our sales not only in Canada but also opened us up to other countries around the world!  It’s been a pleasure to work with the staff at Food Export.”  

Cheesewich is a producer of gluten-free grab-n-go salami and cheese snacks in the convenience store category. Their newest concept Bacon & Eggs has taken off like hot-pancakes! 

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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