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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Wisconsin Supplier Expands Exports to New Market

by Food Export | Dec 14, 2017
In October 2016, Wheaton Grain Incorporated from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin attended Food Export’s Value-Added Feed Ingredients Buyers Mission at the 2016 World Dairy Expo. There they met with buyers from China, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates and introduced them to their animal feed and food ingredients.

Gaining strong interest from the Thailand buyer helped the company complete a sale for $400,000 as reported this past February. This sale represents a first-time sale to the market for the Wisconsin supplier.

Wheaton Grain is a family run business that was established in 1990 by Ken Custer and his two sons, Doug and Darryl. The company has utilized Food Export services since 2015 taking part in the Online Product Catalog, attending Buyers Missions and utilizing Food Show PLUS!™ show services while overseas.

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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