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 Supplier Successfully Utilizes Food Export Branded Program to Sell to Italy & Colombia

by Food Export | Mar 30, 2020
In 2019, Omega Sea LLC, a pet food company located in the 14th Congressional District in Ohio, applied and was approved for Branded Program funds through Food Export – Midwest’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded program.

Omega Sea LLC is a manufacturer of premium fish foods for home and commercial aquariums as well as other small animals. Using Branded Program funds, Omega Sea was able to achieve $25,000 in sales of fish food to customers in Italy and $150,000 in sales to a customer in Colombia. In addition, the company established one new foreign contact in Colombia and two in Italy.

According to James Randall of Omega Sea, “The Food Export Branded Program has transformed our international marketing capabilities, making our brand more attractive to foreign markets. As a result, we have hired four new employees to support the increased manufacturing and service needs of these markets.”

Omega Sea was founded in 1998 in Sitka, Alaska by two brothers who invented and patented the process of making fish foods directly from whole, fresh Alaskan seafood purchased direct from sustainable Alaskan fisheries. This revolutionary concept broke the mold in the industry, providing unsurpassed quality and nutrition. Today, Omega Sea’s American-made fish foods are sold in 25 countries and are widely considered by many to be the best fish food in the world. The company is committed to developing innovative aquatic products into the future.

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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