Food Industry Executive: Meet the New B2B Sourcing Platform Bringing Fresh, Local Food to More People’s Plates

Food Industry Executive sheds light on national food trends affecting local economies. Read on to learn more about Forager's role in the locavore movement.

"...According to the results of just about every consumer preference survey done in the past few years, consumers want fresh, local foods. Market research publisher predicts that local food and beverage sales will hit $20 billion in 2019, noting that the products are “stepping out of the shadow of their once ‘quirky niche’ designation to claim a much more prominent—and permanent—place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.”

This is great news for local producers, including farmers and small specialty food manufacturers, who are seeing their numbers and their market share grow.

But it also poses challenges. Specifically, the nation’s food supply chain infrastructure was built decades ago, and it was designed to support large companies that rely on centralized distribution and long-distance transport. Retailers and foodservice establishments that want to offer their customers local products don’t have an efficient, cost-effective way to source those products..."

Digital Commerce 360: A new agricultural portal brings local food to Maine grocers

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Portland Food Coop (PFC) and Forager have partnered to make local food more widely available to everyone! Digital Commerce 360 explains how Forager's platform has helped bring more local food to this great co-op in Portland, Maine.

"When PFC was approached more than a year ago by an entrepreneur planning to launch Forager, a wholesale marketplace for farm produce, Crane was intrigued, he says. “We are located in their area and do a lot of business with local farmers,” he says. “About 40% of our business is done with about 280 Maine-based food producers. Forager wanted to know our needs and frustrations, and if there was an online platform available, what it would look like.”

The entrepreneur, David Stone, incorporated suggestions from Crane and other buyers into an online portal design that, among other things, shows buyers records on what they’ve ordered from which farms. Stone launched a pilot program last summer. PFC participated in a beta test that started last July, in the heart of the Maine growing season..."

Portland Press Herald: Portland tech startup Forager receives $70K of funding from CEI

Thanks to Portland Press Herald for covering our progress! Click the link below to read more about how Forager has been working to power the local food economy.

"David Stone, who previously co-founded digital gift-card provider CashStar Inc. in Portland, launched a new company in March called Forager1 LLC to develop a digital procurement platform for local food producers and the retailers who sell their products. The company’s goal is to accelerate the growth of the local food economy and make locally sourced food more widely available..."