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USDA awards more than $70MM in grants for local, Farm to School programs

- General News
Farm to School increases the amount of locally produced foods served through child nutrition programs, while also educating children about how their foods are harvested and made. Various child nutrition operators can participate in farm to school, from states and tribal nations to schools and community organizations.

Kroger renews local supplier accelerator program

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"Last year, the Go Fresh and Local cohort brought fresh ideas and innovative new products to the table that blew our judges away," said Dan De La Rosa, Kroger's group vice president of fresh merchandising.

Meijer to hold local supplier event virtually

- Retail
Meijer announced today the return of its Lift Local Supplier Event, giving local businesses across the retailer's six-state footprint the opportunity to virtually showcase their offerings to Meijer buyers and procurement teams.

SpartanNash expands specialty, local offerings through partnership

- Retail
Food solutions company SpartanNash has expanded its specialty and local food selection for independent grocers and customers across the U.S. through a strategic partnership with Specialty Food Partners (SFP) and a new online platform called SpartanNash SpecialtyDirect.

USDA, Colorado sign first cooperative agreement for the local procurement of food

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced that it has signed its first cooperative agreement under the new Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) with the Colorado Department of Human Services. Colorado is the first state to enter into a cooperative agreement under the program.

Natural Grocers brings hyperlocal with hydroponic GardenBox program

- Retail
Natural Grocers, America's Organic Headquarters, is bringing local hydroponic, organic produce grown just steps away from its customers with the launch of its new hydroponic GardenBox.

Giant Food launches local produce box

- Retail
Items will vary weekly depending on farm harvests and what is in season. Customers can view local produce seasonality in a calendar on Over 20 farms are participating.

Kroger starts program to encourage more local grower suppliers

- Retail
The Kroger Co. today announced the Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, a new partnership program inviting American growers and producers to apply for the opportunity to work with the retailer.

Meijer to host Localization Summit for local products

- Retail
Meijer announced today that it will host its first virtual Localization Summit, giving local businesses across the retailer's six-state footprint the opportunity to showcase their offerings to Meijer merchants.

On the Road: The Fresh Market, Tampa, FL

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If The Fresh Market wants to win more customers, people have to feel like it's a unique experience with carefully curated flavors.