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N.H. farm-based exports eligible for grants

New Hampshire companies that produce agricultural-based products – from beer to lotions – are eligible to receive a grant that could help them enter or expand their export market.

The State Export Initiative grant program is providing up to $500 per company to encourage them to increase their export promotions.

The products do not have to be consumable food. Adrienne Messe of Food Export USA-Northeast, said beauty products like lotions can qualify because their ingredients are agricultural-based.

One business, HomeFree of Windham, which makes allergy-friendly snacks, used the grant to take part in a trade show. It would have been too expensive to attend without the grant.

“This reimbursement allows the money we had allocated for the trade show to be invested in additional exporting activities we wouldn’t have otherwise engaged in,” said Jill Robbins, HomeFree president.

Dave Jermain, sales manager for Heron Point Seafood in Newmarket, said the grant helped fund the business’s participation in a major food show in China last fall. Jermain said the opportunity allowed the business to meet about 40 new potential customers at the show, some of whom they made sales to.

“The reimbursement also helped support a sales trip to Japan this summer to help us strengthen our relationships with existing customers and meet with new potential customers, as well as translation of our product brochure,” he said.

Applications are available through the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center.

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