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INTRODUCING FORAGER

We are simplifying the local food sourcing process so we can all benefit from local food. Consumers are increasingly demanding fresh, local food. Yet grocers, distributors, and institutions find it challenging to source locally. Forager is seeking to change all of this so we can make local food more widely available for everyone.

 


Local food is changing our lives

 

EXPONENTIALLY GOOD

Local food benefits our environment, economy, health, and community. It reduces our carbon footprint, creates local jobs, makes us healthier, and brings people together.

EXPLOSIVELY GROWING

The market for local food has grown 4 times faster than industrial agriculture in the past decade, reaching 14 billion dollars in 2016. It's projected to double again in the next 5 years.

 


Still, locally sourced food is only
3% of all the food we consume

INEFFICIENT PROCESSES

Local sourcing is expensive, time-consuming, and error-prone—taking up to 80 hours a week and preventing retailers from offering more local foods.

COMPLICATED NETWORK

Discovering, establishing, and maintaining a reliable network of local producers is difficult and limits how much stores can source locally.

SLOW PAYMENTS

Most payments are made by check — slow in processing and a real pain for both the producer and the buyer.

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We are streamlining the entire sourcing process
So producers and buyers can do what they love most:
Growing and sharing local food

 
 


LOCAL SOURCING, SIMPLIFIED

Forager is the digital procurement-to-payment platform designed to make local sourcing a no-brainer. Our groundbreaking solution reduces the costs and complexity of the sourcing process for grocers, distributors and institutions so they can purchase and offer more local food.

 

QUICK ORDERING

See what your suppliers have and send purchase orders in a few clicks. So much quicker, we save you up to 60 hours every week.

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EASY COMMUNICATION

Communicate with your suppliers and update orders, all in one place. Everything will be clearer and more efficient.

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ACCURATE RECEIVING

Check in products electronically and adjust orders instantly. Reduce error rates by 1-2% and enable easy import to your POS system.

SIMPLE PAYMENTS & E-INVOICING

Approve invoices electronically and schedule payments online. No more checks— saving you $4-20 on every check.

BETTER INSIGHTS

Digital records mean better data. Know the who, what, and how of your local sourcing. Improve product offerings and enhance your margins.

 
 
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who's on board?

100 passionate local producers offering the freshest produce, dairy, meat, and speciality items. And several dedicated grocers and distributors who want to provide their customers what they really want — the highest quality local food.

 
 

 
Forager has made a big difference to our commitment to sourcing locally. Our buyers are finding themselves with more time to work with both our farmers and customers. We estimate we save 6-8% in labor costs.”
— John, General Manager of Portland Food Co-op
I’m sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds and sipping my coffee, while placing an order on Forager. This is really a drastic improvement over the old way. Thank you.”
— John Schreiber, Head Purchaser at Rosemont Market & Bakery
“Buyers love the clean availability list and the fact that they can access it easily from their phones and computers”
— Kelsey, Co-owner of Two Farmers Farm
After using Forager for a few weeks I’ve seen increased sales with my buyers now that they can see all of my products in one place.”
— Sean, Owner at Left Field Farm
 


BECAUSE MAINE IS LEADING
THE LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT

So there is no better place on earth to build and expand our platform. Maine was known as New England's breadbasket until industrial farming took the jobs westward. Today, Maine's food industry is making a comeback.

TOP LOCAVORE
Maine's local food economy ranks #2 in the nation, with 6% of the food sourced locally — double the national average.

GROWING FARMERS
Bucking the national trend, Maine has seen 1,000+ new farms start since 2008. The majority of them are by farmers younger than 35 and 35% were started by women.

FARM-TO-TABLE CULTURE
With a growing supply of local food, Maine is becoming renowned for its craft food and grocers that are dedicated to the local food economy. Maine students are eating healthier, too: Maine boasts 80% farm-to-school participation today.

 

About Our Founder

David D. Stone is a serial technology entrepreneur whose passion is to create and build innovative companies that take advantage of emerging market shifts. As the co-founder of CashStar, one of the most successful startups in New England which issued $2 billion in digital value in 2016, he catalyzed the movement from plastic to digital gift cards.

Today, David is determined to change the way we source our food and make local food more widely available to all. He wishes to give back through Forager, which he hopes will improve the health of many, many lives–and contribute to the success of the “Good Food Movement".

 
 

Forager began because we love our local food, farmers, and community. And our mission is to make it much easier to source from local farms, so everyone can benefit from all local food has to offer. Whether you're a buyer hoping to source more locally, a farmer trying to expand your operation, an investor supporting our mission, or just interested in learning more— we want to hear from you.

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