We were recognized for our efforts to provide Gluten Free products by Columbia University’s Celiac Disease Center, one of the leading research centers in the field. In addition, we were also honored with the first ever North Carolina Exporter of the Year award and named one of the Top 20 Small and Mid-sized Market Players by the Consumer Products Guide.
We are grateful for the success and accolades that our products have received. But we also realize we have a responsibility to become advocates for businesses like ours, working to protect the ability of those like us to continue to be successful in the United States and abroad.
In 2008, we became charter members of an export advisory council for a division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In addition, we testified in front of the United States Congress on behalf of the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development Program, programs designed to assist U.S. producers, exporters, and trade organizations in developing, maintaining, and expanding export activities in global markets.
Ford’s Gourmet Foods is a fourth generation, Raleigh, North Carolina-based family business with an outstanding team dedicated to making and distributing only the best.
Ford’s Produce and Ford’s Gourmet Foods are Members of the Following Organizations:
Southern United States Trade Association, Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association, Goodness Grows in North Carolina, National Association of Specialty Food Trade. Ford's also works with Foreign Agricultural Services at the US Embassies, the American Peanut Council, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, International Celiac Symposium and Japan External Trade Organization.
Ford's Produce Co. and Ford’s Gourmet Foods have received numerous international and domestic awards for their products and business including:
• Exporter of the Year Award for North Carolina • Commissioner of Agriculture Award • 3 Fine Food Guild Great Taste Awards (Europe) • Honored by Columbia University’s Celiac Disease Center for Gluten Free Products and the helping build awareness for Celiac Disease • Best Snack Nuts- Panel in NY • Fiery Food Challenge Winner on Food Network • Battle of the Sauces • Best Snack Item • Great American Barbecue Contest • Best of North Carolina Display • Best in Business Award • National Salsa Shoot-Out