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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service led roughly 100 U.S. companies and organizations to Latin America for a trade mission, and Ripley’s Appalachian Distillery was among them.

“We feel good about the meetings we had and the upcoming prospects,” said Appalachian Distillery President Dwayne Freeman. “We’ve already received requests for samples, and we are working with the U.S. Embassy in Panama to explore supplying products for an upcoming festival.

“We made great contacts on the mission, and it will mean a lot for my company if we can close on some of these deals.”

Freeman joined the trade mission with support from a West Virginia Development Office grant and support from the Appalachian Regional Commission. 

Freeman took part in the West Virginia District Export Council’s Export Management Course, which helped him create a business plan that included international sales.

“I run a small business, and I wasn’t looking at markets outside the United States until this program showed me the level of interest in products like mine,” Freeman said. “It became pretty clear that this was a great chance to find some new customers. It turned out to be a chance of a lifetime.”

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