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 Company Increases Exports to Canada

by Food Export | May 16, 2018
Hometown Bagel Inc. is the family owned business of Mike and Dawn Lally based in Alsip, Illinois. Since 1995, they have been selling quality bagels and bagel chips in the greater Chicago area. Today, their bagels and bagel chips can be found all over the world. By participating in Food Export programs and services since 2013, Hometown Bagel Inc. has been able to expand their export of bagel chips.

In 2017, Hometown Bagel Inc. utilized Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program to expand their exports to France and Germany. Utilizing their allocated funds to attend trade shows, establish a distributorship and modify their product labels helped the Illinois Supplier gain over $165,000 in new export sales for their bagels and wheat crisps.

Hometown Bagel has been participating in Food Export programs since 2013 utilizing the Branded Program, the Online Product Catalog, the Food Export Helpline™, Food Show PLUS!™ services and they have attended five Buyers Missions. The Illinois based supplier currently exports to Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines working with the retail, specialty/gourmet, warehouse, convenience, and restaurant/foodservice distribution channels. For more information about their products, visit their website at: 


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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