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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Branded Program Continues to Boost Exports to Mexico for Michigan Supplier

by Food Export | May 14, 2018
Cooperative Elevator Co., based in Pigeon, Michigan has been using Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program since 2007 to increase their international market share. Most recently the company has utilized their allocated funds to grow their export business to Mexico.

The MAP funding has helped them to modify their packaging for the Mexican market. Each year, the packaging must be modified to prevent others from copying the packaging and producing counterfeits and the Branded Program funds are a great help in deferring the annual expense.

As a result of their efforts and funding, Cooperative Elevator was able to increase their black bean exports to Mexico in 2017 to over $18,000,000.

Cooperative Elevator Co. is a cooperatively owned marketer and processor of Black Beans based in Pigeon, Michigan.

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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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