Reno, Nevada — On Monday, May 16th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Kimmie Candy with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Kimmie Candy Company has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Kimmie Candy’s growth in employment related to export sales. The company’s modification of products for foreign markets was also particularly notable. Kimmie Candy’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

Kimmie Candy specializes in producing an outstanding line of chocolate confections, including Sunbursts®, and their prestigious, “Product of the Year” award-winning ChocoRocks®.  And, most recently, with innovation and a sensitivity to consumer’s needs in mind, the company has branched out into all natural, certified organic, and nutritional chocolate products.  All of Kimmie’s products are gluten-free, peanut-free, kosher, and are 100% Made in the U.S.A.


“As a relatively small company in the often overlooked agricultural/food market segment, we are both thrilled and honored to receive the President’s “E” Award; and doubly excited that we are one of only nine companies in Nevada to win this prestigious award since its inception!  I have spent a lot of my career in overseas markets.  Because of this, I understand the importance of exporting, and the significant contribution overseas markets can have on a company’s bottom line.  I believe that as the world continues to “shrink”, and trade barriers crumble, U.S. exports will flourish as more and more companies wake up to the fact that 96% of their prospective, new customers are located outside the U.S.” said Joseph Dutra, Kimmie Candy’s President and CEO.


In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. On Monday, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.


In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.


U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries.  Record 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 selecting the winners.


For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

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