ATLANTA, March 2 – Gov. Nathan Deal recognized Crider Foods with a GLOBE Award for entering one or more new international markets in 2014.
“International trade is a vital component of economic development for small businesses in Georgia,” said Gov. Deal. “In fact in the last year, 88 percent of companies that utilized Georgia’s international trade services had fewer than 100 employees. The GLOBE Awards give us an opportunity to recognize our state’s small businesses that have entered into a new market in the past year. This year’s award winners represent the high-caliber, highly competitive companies that operate in Georgia, and I congratulate each of them on receiving this great honor.”
GLOBE Award recipients were recognized at the second annual Go Global reception on March 2, 2015 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, an annual networking event for the state’s international representatives. The state has international representation in 11 strategic markets, including Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom and Ireland.
This year’s 44 GLOBE Award winners represented 17 Georgia counties and collectively expanded into 104 different countries and territories. Approximately 90 percent of this year’s winners have 100 or less employees, while 73 percent have 50 or less employees. Among the winners, the most popular new markets were the United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Colombia. These companies entered an average number of more than six new markets in 2014. The company with the largest number of new markets expanded into 37 countries and territories last year.
“These awards highlight the importance of exporting for small and medium sized companies across our state. Last year, 88% of companies that utilized Georgia’s International Trade services to grow sales in international markets had fewer than 100 employees. Trade remains an important component of economic development in Georgia,” said Mary Waters, GDEcD Deputy Commissioner of International Trade.
Recently released trade statistics for 2014 showed Georgia celebrated a 5th consecutive year of export growth, with a record $39.4 billion in exports.
Crider Foods is a Marketer and Processor of shelf stable and fully cooked products for customers around the globe. We are the market leader in canned chicken as well as a major producer of canned turkey, ham, pork, and beef. Crider diligently expands to meet the needs of its customers. We have invested in a state-of-the-art plant for frozen-fully cooked products as well as expanded our canning operation and warehousing to keep ahead of our growth. We have a new Innovation Center and a test plant to better keep our customers as industry leaders.
As a food supplier to the world, we have a commitment to provide the industry's highest level of quality, service, and corporate integrity for our retail, foodservice, school, and institutional customers. Crider is very proud of our SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 3 status. Being SQF certified for three consecutive years is a testament to our commitment to our customers.