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   Federal Funds and Services Available to Help Seafood Firms Develop Foreign Markets
by Food Export-Northeast
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 11:33AM EST

Food Export-Northeast announced the availability of 2010 cost-share assistance funding, through its "Branded Program," for seafood firms to promote their products to foreign markets.

Food Export-Northeast - a nonprofit organization composed of 10 Northeastern state agricultural promotion agencies that use federal, state and industry resources to help companies increase product sales overseas - manages USDA Market Access Program (MAP) funds for the region's seafood industry. It is encouraging seafood firms currently utilizing the Branded Program to submit their 2010 marketing plans now.

It is also encouraging seafood and aquaculture firms that are considering export development to become aware of the range of foreign market development opportunities and assistance programs that are available to support their efforts.

Through its Branded Program, Food Export-Northeast offers reimbursement for eligible costs associated with a company's efforts to promote their own fish and shellfish products in foreign markets. Examples of eligible expenses are trade show expenses (including travel), advertising, product demonstrations, the shipping of samples and the costs necessary to change product labels or packaging.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: The Free Press

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