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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Cherry Exports to Germany in 2017

by Food Export | May 16, 2018
Participating in Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program since 2010 has helped Michigan based Cherry Central Cooperative Inc. grow their export sales and brand awareness. Utilizing their allocated funds to exhibit at ANUGA in Germany during 2017 was a key in attaining their goal to increase sales with current customers and gain relationships with new customers in Germany.

This past February Cherry Central was able to report great success from their show attendance and utilization of their Branded Program funds as they noted actual sales over $2,000,000 to Germany along with gaining 16 new foreign buyer contacts and projected to secure $3,000,000 in sales over the next twelve months.

“Rooted in the fruit-growing traditions of Traverse City, Michigan, the celebrated Cherry Capital of the World” Cherry Central was founded in 1973. An industry leader in red tart cherries, apples and blueberries, Cherry Central works closely with their member cooperatives to present and deliver an array of superior products for the retail trade as well as for wholesale markets, including ingredients, food service, private label and co-pack opportunities.


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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