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MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010

CONTACT:

Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs

(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

Commissioner Troxler, Sen. Burr to honor
Raleigh food business Monday afternoon

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and Sen. Richard Burr will honor Ford’s Gourmet Foods for achievement in international exports. Burr will present company officials with an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
WHEN: Monday, Aug. 23, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Martin Building (inside Gate 9), State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
WHY: Ford’s Gourmet Foods grew out of a family business that has operated in Raleigh since 1946. In 1992, Ford’s began marketing Bone Suckin’ Sauce, a barbecue sauce based on the family recipe. The company made its first international sale in 1994. Today, the company exports its products to more than 50 countries. Since 2003, Ford’s exports have increased by 400 percent, and exports now account for about 30 percent of total revenue.
OTHER INFO: The presentation will be made at the conclusion of the N.C. Specialty Foods Association’s fall conference.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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