Fords Gourmet Foods
Fords Gourmet Foods Announces
First North Carolina Exporter of the Year Award to be given to Ford's Gourmet Foods

Ford's Gourmet Foods Product Line
RALEIGH, NC USA August 22, 2008

Ford's Gourmet Foods, distributors of Bone Suckin' Sauces, Wine Nuts, and Fire Dancer Jalapeņo Nuts, will be receiving the first North Carolina Exporter of the Year Award.  The award will be presented by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  The Exporter of the Year Award will be presented at the NC Specialty Foods Association annual banquet in Greensboro Saturday, August 23rd.  The department created the award to honor agriculture businesses that successfully export North Carolina food products around the world. 

 "I am impressed with Ford's Gourmet Foods' innovative global marketing strategies," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "Our state's agriculture and agribusiness industries are being represented well beyond our borders, and that's very important in today's changing marketplace."
Started exporting in 1994 - Now Exporting to over 30 CountriesBone Suckin' Sauce

Ford's has been exporting since 1994 and has a strong commitment to producing Made in America, all-natural foods for healthy living.  Today, Ford's Gourmet Foods exports to 40 countries. Ford' Gourmet Foods was also rated "The Best" in the Restaurant Magazine UK.

Since rejoining the family business in 1997, Patrick Ford expanded its international presence by exhibiting at 36 international trade shows in seven countries and has spoken at the World Trade Center in North Carolina, Wake Technical College Business and Industry Center, and for the N.C. Community College System.

Recognitions for Ford's Gourmet Foods this year: 1 of 2 North Carolina companies invited to The White House to hear President Bush's remarks during World Trade Week May 2008 for exporting US products.  Fords nominated for the North Carolina Small Business of the Year award.  Columbia Medical University Celiac Disease Center is honoring Ford's October 2008 at a reception and banquet dinner.
About Fords Gourmet Foods

Ford's Gourmet Foods, a division of Ford's Produce Co., is a fourth-generation Raleigh family business. It is run by Sandi Ford and Patrick Ford with a staff of ten at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh North Carolina.  They are known for some of the world's best tasting all-natural, gluten free foods. No preservatives or MSG in the internationally acclaimed Bone Suckin' Sauces, Wine Nuts, Fire Dancer Jalapeno Peanuts and Earth Family Organics.  Some of their national & international customers include; Whole Foods, Harvey Nichols UK, Lakeland Limited, Bos Foods, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Adfong, Tesco Europe and Walt Disney World.
North Carolina Ranks Ninth in the USA
North Carolina ranks ninth in the country in terms of agricultural export value, according to a 2007 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with more than $2 billion each year in exports.
Fords Gourmet Foods
Patrick Ford
International Marketing Director
1109 Agriculture Street
Raleigh, NC 27603   USA
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Peter Thorton, Assistant Director for International Trade
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(919) 733-7912, ext. 248, or