FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012
Peter Thornton, assistant director for international marketing
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
NCDA&CS presents Exporter of the Year award to TW Garner Food Co.
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has named TW Garner Food Co. of Winston-Salem as the 2012 N.C. Exporter of the Year.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler presented the award to Steve DeCorte, general manager of sales, during the Ag Development Forum Feb. 2 at the State Fairgrounds. The department created the award to honor agriculture businesses that successfully export N.C. agricultural products around the world.
Five years ago, TW Garner exported the first pallet of its Texas Pete hot sauce to Finland. Now, the company ships a 40-foot container to Finland each month and exports to nearly 20 countries. DeCorte oversaw the company’s entry into 13 new international markets last year, including China, Costa Rica, Dubai, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
“TW Garner is a perfect example of a company that continues to manufacture its products locally and still flourishes on the global stage,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “In addition, TW Garner has shared its experience with other North Carolina companies and formed partnerships to help those businesses expand internationally.”
TW Garner Food Company is an 80-year-old business in its fifth generation of family ownership. The company sells a full line of hot sauces, wing sauces, seafood sauces, salsas and tortilla chips.