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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Big Shucking Success for Maine Lobster Supplier

by Food Export | Mar 20, 2018
Shucks Maine Lobster started as a small, 20 seat, family owned Maine Lobster and Oyster bar in Kennebunkport, Maine. Johnny Hathaway, a Maine native, and his five young children, ages eight to eighteen at the time, opened the popular summer seafood attraction simply as a way for the five children to all work together during their summer vacation.

Today, Shucks Maine Lobster has grown to become Maine’s most innovative producer of value added “MSC Certified Sustainable” Maine Lobster products. The Company is known internationally for its exceptional quality, dedicated staff, and passion for the Maine Lobster industry. It all began because of one lesson learned while serving Maine Lobster at the restaurant: “Yes, people love Maine Lobster...but, they love it more when you shuck it for them.”

In 2017 Shucks exhibited at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium and utilized Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ show services. Utilizing these services to have prearranged meetings with qualified buyers helped the Maine Lobster Supplier gain 3 new agent relationships and report new export sales.

Participating in Food Export programs since 2011 has helped Shucks gain new foreign buyer contacts and gain exposure for their full line of Maine Lobster Tail products.

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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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