ST. LOUIS, MO October 30, 2023 — Foodshed.io, a cutting-edge mobile marketing app and logistics platform connecting small and medium-sized local producers with chefs, supermarkets, and institutional buyers, is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Schnucks Markets, Inc., BB #:105541 a family-owned retailer serving the Midwest.
Together, they are set to redefine the concept of “local” through the innovative pilot program, “Fresh Produce Now.” Select Schnucks stores in the St. Louis metropolitan area will leverage Foodshed.io to provide customers with real-time updates on the arrival of fresh, seasonal local produce at the peak of flavor and freshness.
As part of the pilot program, customers can expect timely alerts through the Schnucks Rewards app when a fresh, locally grown produce item arrives at their selected “home” Schnucks or Eatwell Market store, provided push notifications are enabled.
These notifications will also include details about the source of the harvest and, whenever possible, its harvest time. This not only emphasizes the availability of fresh, local produce for Schnucks customers but also encourages engagement with the Schnucks Rewards app among users with active push notifications.
Rachel Wilson, Director of Farms at Foodshed.io, highlighted the program’s innovation, stating, “We are refining the answer to the question of ‘What is local?’—shifting from how many miles away to how many hours ago something was picked. Utilizing our technology in tandem with Schnucks, we are poised to set a fresh standard and cut down on food waste.”
Mike Tipton, Schnucks Vice President of Produce and Floral, expressed excitement for the partnership, stating, “Schnucks takes great pride in supporting our local farmers and communities. Our collaboration with FoodShed.io enhances our commitment to delivering the freshest produce to our valued customers. The new feature in our Schnucks Rewards mobile app reinforces our ‘Fresh Produce Now’ initiative.”
Beyond the positive impact on local farmers, locally sourced produce guarantees unmatched flavor and freshness, all while reducing transportation distances in the supply chain. Foodshed.io’s initiatives have strengthened local supply chains, providing greater opportunities for valued partners such as Schnucks.
Schnucks is the ideal partner for FoodShed.io, with a dedication to its customers that is unmatched. “We’ve been working hand in hand with Schnucks for five years, and we deeply appreciate their commitment to their community,” Dan Beckmann, CEO of Foodshed.io, expressed. “Schnucks has consistently offered the freshest produce, and our technology empowers their mobile app customers to experience it firsthand.”
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Foodshed is a logistics and marketing platform that helps major retailers source produce from local, independent farms in a way that protects quality and safety for consumers. Their innovative app works in partnership with some of the best retailers and institutions in our country to bring the best and freshest produce to market from local farms. Based in Livingston, Mont. with significant operations in St. Louis, Mo., Foodshed.io is majority female-owned &
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third and fourth generation, family-owned grocery retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. Schnucks operates 115 stores, serving customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and employs 12,000 teammates. According to Forbes’ 2022 rankings, Schnucks is the 178th largest privately-owned company in the United States and the 14th largest privately-owned grocer. Schnucks is committed to helping communities thrive, and as a champion for reducing hunger, the company annually donates more than $14 million in food to pantries that help those in need.
Rachel Wilson, Director of Farms