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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  • Branded Program Helps New Jersey Supplier Increase Exports and Explore New Export Markets

    Feb 06, 2017
    Joe Tea, located in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, in the 11th Congressional District, has participated in Food Export’s Market Access Program funded Branded Program since 2012 and has achieved great results utilizing the 50% reimbursement program. Over the years the New Jersey Supplier has used their approved funding to assist with the expenses of exhibiting at international food tradeshows and to market their products overseas.
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  • Michigan Supplier Gains Exports with Food Show Plus!™ Services

    Feb 03, 2017
    GF Cooperative Inc. dba Graceland Fruit, Inc. located in Frankfort, Michigan, is one of the world’s largest single-providers of infused dried fruits; such as cranberries, cherries and blueberries. Graceland, in business since 1973, has achieved record sales each of the past four years with a focus on diversifying their business internationally. Participation in Food Export’s Branded Program has assisted the Michigan Supplier to exhibit at international tradeshows and in 2016 they also utilized Food Export’s Food Show PLUS!™ services while attending SIAL Paris.
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  • Growing Exports to the United Arab Emirates

    Feb 02, 2017
    Located in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Oskri Inc. is a supplier and manufacturer of natural fruit products that include snack bars, fruit bar, granolas, crunches and dried fruit. It was founded in 1999 and offers vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free options through distribution, wholesale and website channels.
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  • Delaware Company Gains Exposure in Foreign Markets

    Feb 01, 2017
    DrNaturalHealing, Inc. a Delaware operated minority-owned company, was supported by Food Export USA Northeast since August 2016. In September 2016, DrNaturalHealing, Inc. participated in Food Export’s Natural Products Buyers Mission at 2016 Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. Dr. James Liu, Owner of the company, mentions, “The event helped us to build the professional network with seven international buyers. Our export program had a nice foundation. Currently, we are actively communicating with some of them to establish the distribution relationship”.
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  • New York Bagel Supplier Increases Exports to China

    Jan 30, 2017
    Food Export’s Food Service Buyers Mission at the National Restaurant Association Show is an annual event that represents one of their most important foodservice products Buyers Missions in the U.S. This Buyers Mission offers U.S. suppliers the opportunity to meet in a face-to-face setting with pre-screened, pre-qualified international buyers from all over the world.
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  • Pennsylvania Supplier Increases Market Share in Jamaica & Philippines

    Jan 26, 2017
    Herr Foods, a widely known snack brand from Nottingham, Pennsylvania, has been an active participant in many Food Export-Northeast programs over the years. Herr’s has been exporting their products for nearly 30 years but they are always looking to expand distribution in foreign markets, and Food Export’s programs and services have provided them an easy avenue to make credible connections with buyers from many markets around the world.
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  • New Export Market for New Jersey Supplier

    Jan 26, 2017
    Established in 1980, I.A.S. Corp. is a dynamic food export and marketing organization representing a number of major U.S. brands in overseas markets. With a uniquely flexible handling capacity and a product base of over 2,000 products under 50 brands, I.A.S. Corp. caters to the retail, food service and ingredient market segments.
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  • The Esus Group, Inc. Expands Exports to Denmark

    Jan 26, 2017
    The Esus Group, Inc., from West Chester, Pennsylvania attended Food Export’s Northeast Buyers in January of 2016. There they met with buyers from Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama, the Philippines, South Korea, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. During the meetings The Esus Group presented their beverage, snack, condiment, pasta, dressing and spreads that they were representing.
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  • Kansas Supplier Increases Exports Utilizing Food Export's Branded Program Funds

    Jan 25, 2017
    Since 1999, Original Juan Specialty Foods has been using the Branded Program to exhibit at U.S. and International tradeshows as well as participate in Buyer Missions. Their persistence has started to pay off in a big way. As a direct result of Food Export related activities such as the Japan/Korea Trade Mission and participating in the U.S. Pavilion at ANUGA, in 2015 Original Juan was able to add two new international markets, South Korea and Thailand, to their export list.
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  • Iowa Company Utilizes Market Access Program to Expand Exports

    Jan 18, 2017
    Diamond V of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has utilized Food Export’s programs and services for many years to help expand their international business. In particular, they’ve participated in Food Export – Midwest’s Value-Added Feed Ingredient Buyers Mission since 2009 as well as the Branded Program since 1998. Participating in these programs has helped Diamond V achieve strong international business growth.
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  • Illinois Chip Supplier Continues to Expand Export Markets

    Jan 18, 2017
    In July of 2015, NatureStar Foods, Inc. dba Plocky's Fine Snacks, from Hinsdale, Illinois, attended Food Export’s Midwest Buyers Mission where they met with buyers from Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
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  • The First Step Towards Exporting

    Jan 18, 2017
    In March 2015, JonnyPops LLC, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in the 5th Congressional District, attended the Natural Products West Show where they used Food Export-Midwest’s Branded Program to exhibit. It was their first time participating in that trade show and the Branded Program’s generous cost reimbursement enabled the show to be an affordable option. This led to making successful buyer connections and brand promotion. They met two buyers from Taiwan and Australia; which led to promising inquires and projected sales for export.
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  • Cape Cod Provisions

    Jan 18, 2017
    Cape Cod Provisions, a company located on Cape Cod in the town of Pocasset, was able to find success exporting their goods globally through Food Export’s help. By participating in several years of Northeast Buyers Missions hosted by Food Export, they were able to spread the love for Cape Cod into Canada, Peru, Guatemala, and Saudi Arabia through buyer connections. Each market allowed for $5,000 sales. This mission allowed them to export to markets they have entered before as well as new markets.
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  • Branded Program Funding Continues to Help Expand Exports to Mexico

    Jan 18, 2017
    Edlong Dairy Technologies had been working in Mexico since 2000 but in 2013 they began using Branded Program funding primarily for exhibition costs at the Food Technology Summit and Expo. As a result they have seen a 25% increase in revenue since 2012. In addition to securing new business, they have established relationships with the Mexico-based research and development teams of several of the world’s leading brands and are engaged in product development initiatives with these clients. This step is a fundamental driver of Edlong’s business growth.
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  • Branded Program Funding Helps Michigan Supplier Increase Exports to China & Hong Kong

    Jan 18, 2017
    North Bay Produce from Traverse City, Michigan utilized Food Export’s Branded Program funding in 2015 to penetrate East Asia. Knowing their blueberries and apples were a growing demand in the market, the Michigan supplier submitted a marketing plan with their Branded funding request which included plans to attend foreign trade shows and travel to the region.
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  • igourmet Finds Success at the 2016 Korea & Japan Trade Missions

    Jan 18, 2017
    In October 2016, igourmet LLC, located in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, in the 17th Congressional District, participated in the Korea & Japan Trade Missions. Their participation in these trade missions established a new agent relationship in Korea and two new agent relationships in Japan. As a result, igourmet’s Delori Trading division is actively negotiating more than $1,500,000 in new sales contacts with expected sales exceeding $10,000,000 in exports to Korea and Japan.
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  • Ohio Supplier Gains New Export Sales to Colombia

    Jan 18, 2017
    JB’s Sauces is one of two brands owned by Milo’s, founded in 2003 by Jonathan Milo Leal. (The other company is Vino de Milo). Their product offering includes a wide range of salsas and BBQ sauces, all made with Ohio-grown ingredients, and all made from scratch.
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  • Vesta Ingredients Expands Exports to Europe

    Jan 18, 2017
    Founded in 1996 Vesta Ingredients, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana was founded with a single uncompromising focus: to deliver the absolute highest-quality nutritional and nutraceutical ingredients for every customer, and at an unsurpassed value. While Vesta has grown into a premier cGMP and FDA registered full-service provider of nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals, they continue to apply their founding values in every facet of their business.
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  • Michigan Company Combines the Midwest Buyers Mission with the Food Export Helpline™ to Achieve Success

    Jan 18, 2017
    In July 2016, Don Bryant, President of Alden Group, brand owner of LifeOiL Non-GMO Cooking Oils in Farmington Hills, Michigan participated in Food Export’s Midwest Buyers Mission. His one-on-one buyer meetings took place in East Lansing, Michigan. Over the months following the mission, Don followed-up with a number of the international buyers that he met during the meetings. One of these buyers was from a supermarket chain in Cambodia. They were anxious to move forward with purchasing a range of retail packaged, branded non-gmo cooking oils. There were a few challenges to be negotiated and overcome such as pricing and consolidated shipments, but this is where Don utilized Food Export’s Helpline™. By working with Dennis Lynch, he was able to develop a pricing model to ensure that export quotes were profitable for the company. Through Dennis and Helpline™, he was also able to connect with a consolidation service that would help to ensure that his products would reach his customer in Cambodia with the most cost-effective shipping method.
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  • Branded Program Helps New York Supplier Expand Exports

    Jan 18, 2017
    Established in 2009, Fabulous American Beverages focus was to develop and market distilled spirits. Currently producing Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey, a spirit whiskey focused on differentiation from its competitors through an appreciably distinctive and accessible taste profile.
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