Love & Quiches of Freeport wins national exporting award

Susan Axelrod, founder of Love ... Quiches Gourmet Susan Axelrod, founder of Love ... Quiches Gourmet in Freeport, offers tips on going global during a seminar at Hofstra University on April 1, 2014. A trade show encounter eventually led her to selling in the Middle East, Asia, Russia and Mexico. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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A dessert and quiche company based in Freeport has won a national award for exporting.

Love & Quiches Gourmet has been named small-business exporter of the year by the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which provides export credit insurance and other financing to U.S. companies seeking to sell products and services in foreign countries.

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Love & Quiches began exporting in the early 1990s, sending frozen cheesecakes and chocolate cakes to the Middle East. Exports now account for more than 20 percent of the company's sales of $7.2 million last year.

Love & Quiches founder Susan Axelrod Thursday credited Ex-Im Bank assistance with helping the company to grow. It hopes to increase its export sales by 10 percent this year, she said.

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