We are honored that DePaul Packaging was recognized for its international trade leadership with the New Exporter award, presented by the Oregon Consular Corps and others at the Celebrate Trade Gala in Portland May 18.
According to the Oregon Consular Corps:
The New Exporter award recognizes a Portland metropolitan area company that has been trading internationally for two years or less on May 1, 2015. Judges considered entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition, and drive to build a successful international enterprise. The successful nominee has been chosen for being able to find and develop new growth opportunities abroad that have resulted in increased sales, profit, market share, head count or geographical expansion.
By the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2015), we expect DePaul Packaging’s nut and dried fruit exports to reach $3 million in revenue. Our owned brands, Lost Coast Snacks and Juniper Naturals, are gaining traction in China, and we are working to expand our product line to include infant formula and begin exporting to other countries. All of these export activities directly support our mission by providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The annual gala, part of World Trade Week, recognized the significant contribution Oregon’s private sector companies and nonprofits make to the region’s economic vitality and quality of life. The evening included keynote speeches by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. It also raised funds for the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to students at Oregon universities for study abroad.
Hosts of the evening included Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Gala, held at the Portland Art Museum, featured videos of each award winner. You can watch the DePaul Packaging video, featuring DePaul Industries President & CEO Travis Pearson and footage from our Hayden Island packaging facility, below.