We’re excited to announce Ocean Spray has received the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Ocean Spray’s COO, Ken Romanzi, and Manager of Global Trade Strategies, Lisa Hill, with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Wednesday, May 28.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presents Ocean Spray’s COO, Ken Romanzi, and Manager of Global Trade Strategies, Lisa Hill, with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached more than 11 million last year, up 1.6 million since 2009. Launched earlier this month, NEI/Next, a new phase of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, works to boost economic growth and support additional American jobs by assisting more U.S. companies of all sizes in exporting to more markets across the globe.
In recognizing Ocean Spray, Secretary Pritzker said, “Ocean Spray Cranberries has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Ocean Spray Cranberries’ creative multi-tiered marketing programs. The company’s work with non-profit organizations and committees dedicated to expanding agricultural exports was also particularly impressive. Ocean Spray Cranberries achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. The “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. Four years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in making the award.
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Exports through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, which has offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries to help U.S. exporters.
A total of 66 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year. Ocean Spray was honored to be among them.