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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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Connecticut Raw Foods Supplier Expands Exports to Hong Kong

by Food Export | Dec 13, 2017
In March of 2014, Raw Food Central, from Berlin, Connecticut, traveled to Anaheim, California to exhibit in their first tradeshow at Natural Products Expo West. While attending the show they utilized Food Export’s Branded Program services. The Branded Program is a 50% cost-share reimbursement program that helps companies make the most of their marketing budget so their promotional efforts can go further.

The utilization of the Market Access Program (MAP) funding helped the Connecticut snack food company report actual export sales over $22,000 to buyers in Hong Kong. Jeff Greenblat, Director of Sales, stated, “Food Export’s assistance and offsetting the costs of tradeshows, have enabled Raw Food Central to meet buyers from foreign markets who have been buying from Raw Food Central for over two years.” By building long-lasting relationships with foreign buyers, Raw Food Central was able to more than double the amount of product they export, from 1 to 2 items per pallet to 4 items per pallet in 2017. Greenblat is hopeful to continue their growth in other foreign markets to increase export sales and spread the word of raw vegan snack foods internationally.

Founded in 2002, Raw Food Central provides healthy snacks foods that are raw, vegan and certified organic. They have a variety of products including kale chips, onion rings, flax crackers, and snack mix.

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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