Russians will be soon tucking into their first Staffordshire jams and cakes after a speciality food manufacturer won its first contract to supply its products to a shop near the Kremlin.
Cottage Delight, based in Leek, also makes chutneys, dips, curry pastes, mustards, dressings, and sauces for delicatessens, garden centres, farm shops and traditional butchers and grocers across the UK.
In a deal valued at about 60,000 euros (£40,000) per year, the company is supplying its products to Globus Gourmet, a new chain of Russian gourmet shops which has just opened its first branch in a shopping centre in Moscow, next door to the Kremlin.
The shop and restaurant sells delicatessen products from all over the world and is aimed at young professionals with Western shopping values.
Cottage Delight won the contract with the help of UK Trade & Investment, the Government's lead organisation for supporting British companies in overseas business.
Export assistant Isabelle Ducos said: "We made our first contact with the client when we were showcasing our products at the international food exhibition Sial in Paris last October, with financial support from UK Trade & Investment.
"Globus is buying the full range of all our products. They saw some different people at the show, but they liked us and our foods the most. Everyone also says our packaging really makes a big difference; it is traditional looking which overseas markets tend to like."
Ms Ducos said the firm was benefiting from the current vogue in Russia for overseas food.
She added: "It is a status symbol if you are seen to have food from other countries, and this is growing in popularity.
"The deal we have got is for one year, but as long as we do a good job we hope to carry on with the arrangement.
"We are delighted with the help we have received from UK Trade & Investment's international trade team at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, particularly their advice on new and appropriate markets for our products, and on religious and cultural sensitivities in different countries, especially the Middle East.
"As a result, this year we have also exported for the first time to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bermuda."
Cottage Delight is already exporting to the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and throughout Europe.
The company, which employs 180 people, joined UK Trade & Investment's Passport initiative, a scheme that gives new exporters the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas about two years ago.
As a result, the company has benefited from a package of support, including a free business health check; attending an export workshop; assistance in drawing up an international strategy and matched funding of up to £3,000 to help implement this strategy; quality training and mentoring advice; access to the full range of UK Trade & Investment services and government funding; and membership of Midlands World Trade Forum, the regional export club.
About ten per cent of Cottage Delight's annual turnover of approximately £10 million is export business, a figure it is hoping to increase in the next year.
International trade adviser Maggie Neale, based at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: "Cottage Delight has an excellent quality product range and a focused export team which has worked very hard to achieve success.
" Cottage Delight has always been proactive in seeking advice, when needed, from UK Trade & Investment and the international trade team, and has taken advantage of the support available from the Passport programme.
"I am delighted that this support has contributed to the company achieving its export goals."