Iron Fist Brewing Company
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Iron Fist Brewing, based in Vista, California, had never considered exporting until they met Carrie Brooks of the San Diego U.S. Export Assistance Center at a San Diego Brewers Guild meeting in 2013.
At that meeting, Carrie made a presentation on the relative ease of exporting, and the support provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist U.S. companies to do just that. After the meeting, Iron Fist began working with Carrie who introduced them to several international beer importers. As a direct result of these introductions, Iron Fist made several export sales -- including sending a full container of beer to Sweden. By June 2014, the company had also shipped to Australia, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Norway!
Exporting has allowed Iron Fist not only to maintain existing American jobs at their brewery but also attributes the increased revenues brought in through export sales with helping them to hire two new U.S. employees.
The company credits the U.S. Commercial Service not only with introducing them to new buyers but for also taking the fear out of the exporting process.
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