Many food manufacturers gathered for a seminar put on by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture focusing on exports on Tuesday.
The seminar targeted small to medium companies that are looking to export their products in different parts of the world.
According to the business development representative for the Department of Agriculture, part of what we're seeing globally is that the middle class is rising.
Particularly in Asia, the middle class is growing -- and that means more disposable income. Their eating patterns are changing so they're eating more animal protein making this the perfect time for food manufacturers to capitalize on this upward trend.
Orion Food Systems out of Sioux Falls has been exporting for the past 20 years. That has helped them grow their brand globally.
"The ability for them to grow internationally -- increase the amount of manufacturing that we have in Sioux Falls which obviously benefits the company as a whole," said Kim York, Orion Food Systems.
"Many countries and consumers in other countries really see value in U.S. products. They want U.S. products and they have a lot of confidence in the products so that bodes well for our companies," said Alison Kiesz, Business Development Representative of the Department of Agriculture.
Kiesz said exporting is great way for small businesses to diversify their portfolios all while growing their business.
Those at the Department of Agriculture said deciding your business is going to export is not something that happens overnight. There's a lot of education and paperwork that goes along with it.