Trade trend: More Maine food on world’s plates

State exports double in six years, led by sales of potatoes, berries and seafood, especially to Asia.

Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp and Ripe Mango Sorbetto have been longstanding favorites at the Gelato Fiasco store in Brunswick, where the gelato maker has been serving its frozen treats for seven years. But in 2014, the business took on an international flavor.

Josh Davis, co-founder and CEO of Gelato Fiasco, traveled in June to the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Ningbo to meet with companies eager to buy his product, made with milk from Maine dairy farms. Now he’s filing the paperwork to export his gelato to Hong Kong, mainland China and South Korea.

“Even people not familiar with every detail of Maine get a good feeling about food products that come from Maine,” he said.

That observation is apparently widespread as seafood and agricultural commodities are driving much of the growth of Maine’s exports. International sales of Maine food products more than doubled between 2007 and 2013, according to federal trade data.

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