The Kroger Co. announced today a commitment to make more local products available to its customers following its proposed merger with Albertsons Companies.
Whole Foods Market announced participants in its newest cohorts today for two tracks of the Local and Emerging Accelerator Program (LEAP): Early Growth and On the Verge.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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, 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.
Items will vary weekly depending on farm harvests and what is in season. Customers can view local produce seasonality in a calendar on GiantFood.com. Over 20 farms are participating.
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.