local food economy

New England Cable News Network: App Expansion Provides New Opportunities for Vt. Farmers

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Here's more about how Forager can help ease the challenges of sourcing local food. Check out this necn article to learn more about how Forager is already being used to buy and sell local food.

"An app that's expanding throughout New England is providing new opportunities for Vermont farmers to sell their products to grocery stores and other customers.

'It makes the communication faster' farmer Aly Martelle said of the Forager platform.

Forager aims to reduce headaches for farmers and their customers when it comes to the business side of agriculture, in areas like marketing and inventory management, by simplifying the way grocery stores, distributors, restaurants and institutions source locally-grown food direct from producers..."

AgFunder: Grocers Are Failing to Meet $20bn Consumer Demand for Local Food

Our founder and CEO, David Stone, discussed the results of our survey of grocery shoppers with AgFunder. Consumers are visiting grocery stores to buy local produce but grocery stores are unable to meet their demand. 

"87% of survey respondents reported going to their local grocery store for local food purchases. While 81% of grocers believe they are delivering on the promise of fresh, 67% of consumers are completely dissatisfied with local fresh produce in their grocery store. 

So, what’s stopping grocers from delivering on this desire for local. With such a high and demonstrated demand for local food, shouldn’t grocers and other wholesalers be capitalizing on this trend?" 

David suggests grocers join the local food movement, "For conventional grocers, this is an opportunity that they cannot afford to miss. On average, consumers shop at six different grocery stores, and if these stores want to stay in business, they must be able to offer the fresh, local food that their customers are looking for."

New England Cable News Network: Maine Farmers Experience High Demand for Fresh Turkeys

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Here's some great coverage from necn on the demand for local food. Surveys conducted by Forager and the Maine Department of Agriculture show increasing demand from consumers in the local food economy.

"...According to a survey by Forager, a farm-to-table purchasing platform, 83 percent of Maine consumers surveyed planned to source food locally this Thanksgiving

 The Maine Department of Agriculture reports a 30 percent in live turkey poults brought into the state this year, signaling a strong turkey farming industry.

"The increase in local, organic pasturing is on the rise, so it's made things like this a lot easier to sell," said Gregg Stiner, pointing to his flock of organic turkeys at Grace Pond Farm in Monmouth.

When he started his business with his partner Rhiannon Hampson three years ago, they raised 220 turkeys. This year, they raised 350..."

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..."