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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Market Access Program Funding Helps Secure a First-Time Market Sale

by Food Export | Jun 18, 2020
Utilizing Food Export – Midwest’s Branded Program has helped Great Lakes Bio Systems, Inc., from Sturtevant, Wisconsin, gain footing in new markets. Most recently in 2019 the Market Access Program (MAP) funded program has helped them increase exports to countries in Southeast Asia.

Using their allocated funding to attend international tradeshow VIV Asia helped the supplier increase brand awareness while also deferring costs associated with exhibiting at a major tradeshow.

Last March, Great Lakes Bio Systems was able to report $36,000 in export sales to Thailand, which represented a first-time export sale in this market. These sales along with projected sales of $150,000 and 1 new distributor relationship has helped the Wisconsin Supplier gain strong exposure for their aquaculture products in an important market. According to International Sales Manager Tom Repp, the company “rarely if ever sells product at a new trade show…so over all we’re very encouraged by the results”.

Great Lakes Bio Systems, Inc. is a global supplier of probiotic and amino acid feed additives, including brand names Iron Clad Complete and Respond. The Wisconsin Company has participated in Food Export programs since 2016 utilizing the Branded Program, participating in the Food Export Helpline™, the Online Product Catalog, Focused Trade Missions, and Buyers Missions to grow their exports to Southeast Asia.

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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