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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Ohio Pet Food Company Utilizes Food Export - Midwest's Branded Program to Grow Exports

by Food Export | Oct 02, 2019
In 2018, Blackwood Pet Food, LLC located in Lisbon, Ohio, in the 6th Congressional District, participated in Food Export - Midwest’s Branded Program where they utilized $130,000 of the Market Access Program funding to help them create export sales over $1M in Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

The Ohio Supplier utilized their allocated funds to defer the expenses of attending international trade shows, completing in-market advertising programs, and creating promotional materials. The fund utilization helped gain brand awareness for their dog and cat food products while also helping them gain new foreign buyer contacts.

Blackwood Pet Food, LLC is family-operated pet food producer where they believe healthy, happy pets make families happy. Every one of their bags tells their story. Each batch of pet food is made with care and quality. The heart of Blackwood’s success is due to their commitment of slow cooking. They’ve perfected this technique over the past twenty years and have found that slow cooked foods can increase pet nutrient uptake, creating premium pet food.  


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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