Maine’s vibrant food, beverage, and seafood industry is evolving and thriving.
Maine has a robust tradition of growing, harvesting, fishing, and manufacturing superior food, beverages, and seafood. Clean air and water, commitment to freshness and superior quality, and sustainable fisheries combine to create a unique brand that resonates with consumers around the world. While Maine is well known for potatoes, wild blueberries, and iconic Maine lobster, the state has a growing specialty food and beverage sector, producing award-winning craft beers, chocolates, salsas, jams, sauces, and more. Maine is fast becoming a top destination for foodies and craft beer lovers from around the globe.
Financial Assitance for Exporters
STEP Financial Assistance Award
Up to $20,000 per year for eligible Maine companies to support fees for legal/marketing/tax consultants, trade show participation, e-commerce and digital marketing, and other activities for overseas market entry or expansion
Market Access Program
Provides cost-share assistance to Maine’s food, agricultural, seafood, and beverage companies connect with global buyers to expand and develop their international markets
Supports US seafood, food, and agricultural companies entering international markets through export education, global connections, export strategies, and marketing financial assistance
For established food, beverage, or seafood companies looking to scale-up or more mature food, beverage, or seafood companies looking to expand markets regionally and/or nationally
The Division of Agricultural Resource Development programs including Real Maine focus on business development, market promotion, education, and regulation to assure that agricultural practices are economically and environmentally sound
To help established food and beverage companies expand and improve production capacity, create jobs, and meet targeted growth goals by offering funding for tailored consulting and access to financial resources and investor networking opportunities.
We’d love to hear from you to discuss your interest in this sector and Maine’s advantages.