MAP Funding introduces Native American Food Products to the World; May 2010

Nathan Notah, Program Director for the “American Indian Foods” program reports that over the past 12 years, the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), with the help of MAP, has assisted over 30 U.S. Tribal food companies find a market for their products. These companies have successfully introduced numerous Native American food products like the following to the international export market:

  • Native Wild Rice
  • Sea Foods
  • Various Row Crops
  • Produce
  • Bison Jerky
  • Chocolates
  • Native Teas
  • Dried Foods
  • Organic Foods
  • Bread Mixes
  • Assorted Jams and Jellies

MAP funds are used to primarily participate in trade shows in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East. Some companies in the IAC program have sales totaling well over 2 million dollars per year in export sales. “American Indian Foods are on menus and store shelves in all parts of the world”, Says Notah. “Foods that have been grown by Native Americans for centuries”. Tribal businesses continue to stress high quality, natural production, food-safety standards, diversity and consistency to be self sustaining in today’s world food market.

Native Natural Southwest Native Foods; March  2010

Native Natural Southwest Foods with the help of IAC’s “American Indian Foods” Program the Expo West Food Show held in March 2010 in Anaheim, California proved to be a huge success! They were able to establish three large accounts as a result of the show.

  • New Life Health Centers of Tucson, Arizona
  • Essene Market & Café of Philadelphia, PA
  • American Wildfoods of Lake Forrest, IL

Annual sales from these newly established accounts can exceed $10,000.00 per year. Thank you “American Indian Foods” Program!

Native American Natural Foods (Tanka Bar); April 2010

Native American Natural Foods has been involved with the “American Indian Food” (AIF) Program since February 2008. At that time, the company had launched its first product, the Tanka Bar buffalo and cranberry snack, only four months earlier. We had no national or international distributors. Here’s is what happened with AIF’s assistance:

  • National and international food shows
  • Brand-building opportunities
  • Export training support
  • Secured national distribution
  • 3,000 retail locations
  • Sales in excess of $200,000

The support we have received from the Indian Agricultural Council’s “American Indian Foods” program has been tremendous and has given us access to markets and training that would have been beyond our reach without the program’s support and the support of the USDA.

Red Lake Band of Chippewa; November  2009

The AIF program has allowed my Tribal nation, Red Lake Band of Chippewa, the opportunity to share our native foods with the World’s diverse population. To tell the stories of what our native foods mean to us and develop business relations throughout the world. Here are the great opportunities that working with AIF has brought:

  • Participating in the food shows in London and Paris
  • International Brand Recognition
  • Sales to a chain store in Europe with about 200 locations
  • Sales overseas estimated at $750,000

It is a pleasure to talk with the buyers from the different countries, making friends and doing business where I would never think possible. I will continue to work with the “American Indian Foods” Program because they provide the help we need to get out in the world and succeed.

Lummi Nation launched into the Major Leagues of Specialty Item Food Sales; May 2010

Michael Shellenberger, of the Lummi tribe in Bellingham, Washington used MAP funds through the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) to represent Raven Seafood at the 2010 Foodex trade show in Japan, and Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California. Here is their success story using AIF:

  • Marketed their new product, Wild Alaskan Salmon Jerky
  • Negotiating sales to Japan and Singapore
  • Quarterly sales from $25,000-$100,00

Shellenberger says “We have the IAC’s “American Indian Foods” program to thank for much of our current success. The food shows have literally launched us into the major leagues of specialty item food sales.”

Coquille Cranberries Develops Export Sales for their Products; May 2010

Using MAP funds, Coquille Cranberries, located in Northbend, Oregon, working through the Intertribal Agricultural Council (IAC), is developing a growing export market for their cranberries around the world. These are their successes with AIF:

  • Participated in trade missions
  • Attended trade shows that cater to international buyers
  • Sales to Israel valued at $200,000
  • Additional sales to Japan, valued $50,000

Thanks to MAP and American Indian Foods, their participation at trade shows has grabbed the attention of international buyers, and confirms their product quality and pricing, which is creating additional interest in their products from show visitors from Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore.