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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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  • Export Success to Barbados

    Jul 13, 2018
    In January, Herbal Mist Beverages, located in Vineland, New Jersey in the 2nd Congressional District, attended Food Export’s Northeast Buyers Mission in Philadelphia with interest in increasing their exports to markets in the Caribbean.
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  • New Jersey Exporter Increases Sales

    Jul 09, 2018
    Based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, LD Distribution Services LLC is a global company that focuses on the distribution of a wide range of food, beverages and candy products to clients around the world. In 2016 LD Distribution began working with Food Export to expand and enhance their export markets.
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  • Branded Program Assists Export Growth of Chicago Supplier

    Jul 09, 2018
    In 2017, The Edlong Corporation, located in Chicago, Illinois, in the 8th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program that helped them gain over $2,400,000 in new export sales to Canada, Australia, and Germany.
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  • Illinois Supplier Increases Exports with Branded Program

    Jul 09, 2018
    In 2017, Chicago American Sweets & Snacks Inc. (formerly Brandventure Group), located in Chicago, Illinois, in the 5th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program. The Market Access Program (MAP) funded program helped them make 9 new foreign contacts and gain one new agent relationship in Sweden. In February, the supplier was able to report projected sales of $30,000 anticipated over the next twelve months.
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  • Gluten Free Baking Company Connects With Canada Through Focused Trade Mission

    Jul 09, 2018
    In 2017 Ethel’s Baking Company, located in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, of the 10th Congressional District, participated in Food Export Association of the Midwest’s Focused Trade Mission to Toronto for Specialty and Natural Products. The trade mission helped the business connect with Canadian buyers and stores in addition to Food Export staff. As a result, Ethel’s made their first ever export sale to the Canadian market of $20,000 and made a new connection with a broker.
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  • First-Time Export Sale to Germany for Illinois Supplier

    Jul 09, 2018
    Lillie’s Q started in Chicago in 2010 after Chef Charlie McKenna honed his skills in top restaurants. Named for his Grandmother Lillie, who taught him the art of southern cooking back home in Greenville, South Carolina, Lillie’s Q produces and distributes award-winning barbeque sauces and snack chips.
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  • Export Success to Canada for Massachusetts Supplier

    Jul 09, 2018
    Started in 2012, Biena LLC from Boston, Massachusetts developed a unique way to roast chickpeas, making light and crispy while still being healthy and flavorful. Quickly becoming one of the “most award winning healthy snacks on the market”, woman-owned Biena snacks grew their domestic presence to over 15,000 retail locations.
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  • Branded Program Success for Illinois Supplier

    Jul 02, 2018
    In 2017, EquiTrade Group located in Chicago, Illinois, in the 7th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program that helped them gain $300,000 in new export sales to Mexico. This past February, the supplier was able to report these new sales and also projected to complete $400,000 in sales over the next twelve months. They also made four new foreign contacts and gained 1 new agent relationship while utilizing their allocated Market Access Program (MAP) funds.
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  • Michigan Distillery Seeks Exporting Opportunities in Canada and Scandinavia

    Jun 25, 2018
    Long Road Distillers, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the 3rd Congressional District, has had great market success with the help of Food Export Association of the Midwest and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s International Marketing Program.
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  • Ohio Pet Food Company Grows Export Sales

    Jun 25, 2018
    In 2017, Blackwood Pet Food, LLC located in Lisbon, Ohio, in the 6th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program where they utilized $150,000 of the Market Access Program funding to help them create export sales over $3,450,000 in Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Israel and Canada.
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  • Illinois Supplier Increases Exports with Branded Program

    Jun 21, 2018
    In 2017, American Pharmaceutical Innovations Company (AmPharma), located in Downers Grove, Illinois, in the 6th Congressional District, participated in Food Export’s Branded Program that helped them gain $2,750,000 in new export sales to Thailand and Egypt. In February, the supplier was able to report these new sales and also projected to complete $150,000 in sales over the next twelve months while also making 102 new contacts and gaining 2 new agent relationships. This was AmPharma’s first time exporting to Thailand.
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  • Kansas Based Supplier Maintains Growth With Branded Program

    Jun 21, 2018
    In 2017, DEW - Drink Eat Well, LLC dba Hilary's Eat Well, located in Lawrence, Kansas in the 2nd Congressional District, continued to show tremendous export sales. This can be accredited to Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program.
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  • Seafood Industry Innovator Makes Splash in Thailand

    Jun 19, 2018
    In September 2017, Cozy Harbor Seafood, located in Portland, Maine, in the 1st Congressional District, attended the USA Seafood Trade Mission to Southeast Asia where they participated in seafood market tours and met with buyers from Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. As a result of their meetings, a buyer from Thailand has placed a first-time order of nearly 8,800 pounds (4,000 kgs) of various frozen lobster products. Not only was this a new buyer for Cozy Harbor, but a first time sale to the Thailand market.
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  • Export Growth to Costa Rica for New York Candy Supplier

    Jun 12, 2018
    Exhibiting at the 2016 Summer Fancy Foods Show with assistance from Food Export’s Branded Program funding, Cracked Candy LLC, a Brooklyn, New York Supplier, began contact with a buyer from Costa Rica. Interested in the unique, natural, sugar-free candy, the buyer and Flora Pringle, Founder of Cracked Candy, began interacting with the hope of exporting the candy to Costa Rica.
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  • Missouri Supplier Expands Exports to Mexico After Successful Trade Mission

    Jun 12, 2018
    In September of 2017, Osage Food Products, located in Washington, Missouri, in the 3rd Congressional District, attended Food Export’s Focused Trade Mission to Mexico for Food Ingredients. While there, they interacted with multiple Mexican Buyers during prearranged meetings and had the opportunity to tour a production facility. In February 2018, just a few months later, they reported two new agent relationships and a successful sale of dairy ingredient products worth $200,000 as a result of the Trade Mission.
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  • "Making the World Feel Better One Cookie at a Time"

    Jun 06, 2018
    A six year participant of Food Export’s Market Access Program (MAP) funded Branded Program has helped Midland Park, New Jersey’s The Fatboy Cookie Company Inc. expand their cookie sales to many international markets. The 50% cost reimbursement Branded Program has helped alleviate some of the costs associated with product label changes/modifications when entering international markets for this gourmet cookie supplier.
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  • Buyer Mission Success for Pennsylvania Supplier

    Jun 01, 2018
    In September of 2017, Unique Pretzel Bakery Inc. from Reading, Pennsylvania, attended Food Export’s Natural Products Expo East Buyers Mission where they met with buyers from Canada, Guatemala, Lithuania, Mexico, Qatar and South Korea. The introduction of their “Splits” pretzels was well received by the Buyers and conversations about the products being worked into the international markets continued post mission.
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  • Vermont Company Soars at SIAL Canada

    May 23, 2018
    The Vermont Tortilla Company is a company on a definite mission to make unique and artisanal stone ground corn tortillas that are produced with 100% certified organic non-GMO corn that is sourced locally. In May of 2018, the company exhibited for the first time at the SIAL Canada trade show in Montreal hoping to gain presence in the Canadian marketplace.
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  • Brooklyn Supplier Gains Export Sales to Canada

    May 17, 2018
    An idea in 2009 helped create Brooklyn, New York based ProFormance Foods, Inc. Protes Protein Chips. This revolution protein-based chip is the product of two college friends who realized a need for protein based snacks that were different from the over-saturated market of protein bars and shakes.
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  • Minnesota Supplier Grows Exports

    May 17, 2018
    Midwest Ag Enterprises, from Marshall, Minnesota has utilized Food Export’s Branded Program for seven years to expand and grow their export sales. Using the 50% cost reimbursement Market Access Program (MAP) funded program helps defer costs associated with exporting. Utilizing their allocated funds to attend VIV Asia Show helped the company promote their Nutrivance, SDP80, Anion Booster and Peptone 50 Animal Feed products.
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