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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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U.S. Montmorency Tart Cherries Expand in South Korea with Participation in Food Export Trade Mission

by Food Export | May 19, 2020
In November 2019, the Cherry Marketing Institute, located in Dewitt, Michigan, in the 4th Congressional District, attended Food Export – Midwest’s 2019 Focused Trade Mission to South Korea for New Lifestyle U.S. Food Products where they had one-on-one meetings with a variety of prospective South Korean buyers and partners.

Through the first four months of 2020, one of the Cherry Marketing Institute’s processors has made sales of tart cherry products worth $2.2 million dollars.

According to Julie Gordon, President of the Cherry Marketing Institute, “This is a huge win for our industry. The importer has already signed multiple purchase orders for future sales.  We are very excited about this lead that we were able to get as a direct result of our participation with this trade mission. Thank you for all of the effort Food Export put into making this program a success.”

The Cherry Marketing Institute is a non-profit tasked with increasing demand for U.S. Montmorency tart cherries, the most common variety of tart cherry grown in the U.S. Montmorency tart cherries are a homegrown superfruit, cultivated on generations-old family orchards, that bring unique taste and nutrition benefits to a range of food and beverage products.

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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