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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Cooperative Increases Exports With Food Export Branded Program

by Food Export | Oct 25, 2019
Organic Valley Family of Farms, a Cooperative owned by over 2,000 Farmers around the U.S., has participated Food Export – Midwest’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program since 2000.

The program gives the Caston, Wisconsin based Supplier the opportunity to explore new export markets while obtaining reimbursement of costs associated with international marketing.

The company utilized their allocated funds to attend international tradeshows, complete in-store sampling events, and produce promotional literature for their full line of organic dairy, meat, and cheese products.

These marketing tactics paid off for Organic Valley as this past February they were able to report gaining $60,000 in export sales to the Caribbean, $30,000 to Taiwan, $30,000 to Hong Kong, and $60,000 to South Korea while also opening up more in the Middle East next month [November 2019]. These sales combined with gaining 10 new foreign buyer contacts, creating 3 new agent relationships and projecting over $600,000 of sales over the next twelve months to the above listed markets was proof of utilizing their allocated MAP funding to the fullest.

Organic Valley offers 300+ dairy and meat sku’s. All products are organic with many of the goods certified halal and kosher. They mostly sell into the retail channel for goods promoted through food export.


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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