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 Supplier Utilizes Food Show PLUS!™ Services to Grown Exports

by Food Export | Apr 16, 2018
In May of 2017 while exhibiting at the SIAL Canada Show, La Preferida utilized Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services to enhance their trade show experience. Taking part of pre-show education with the retail tour and market briefing helped the Chicago Supplier learn more about the market while experiencing it firsthand.

At the show they had the ability to take advantage of the onsite assistance from Food Export’s In-Market Representative, have pre-arranged one-on-one buyer meetings and post-show lead analysis. These services helped La Preferida report new export sales this February along with gaining 6 new agent relationships.

Even as an advanced exporter, La Preferida stills sees the advantages of utilizing Food Export’s programs and services. Participating in programs and services since 1999 the company has been a seven year participant of the Branded Program, has attended numerous Buyers Missions, Focused Trade Missions, used Food Show PLUS!™ services and the Online Product Catalog. 

La Preferida, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business supplying authentic Mexican products since 1949. Their diverse line of over 200 unique items includes: beans/peas, rice, peppers, salsas, marinades/seasonings, dried goods, prepared foods, and food service products. A long-standing commitment to providing high quality ingredients and listening to consumers’ changing interests has allowed La Preferida, Inc. to evolve into a national presence. Expanding their line to include organic, low sodium, gluten free, and kosher items has kept them competitive in the marketplace – with plans to implement e-commerce sales in 2018.

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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