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Fresh Thyme Market partners on local retail access program

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Fresh Thyme Market, a community-focused grocer, is honored to be the first grocery partner of Naturally Chicago's Locally Made Retail Access Program.

USDA announces $32MM in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems

- General News
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service awarded more than $32 million for 98 grant projects to expand and strengthen local and regional food systems and increase the availability of locally grown agricultural products.

Walmart hires VP for GoLocal division

- Retail
Walmart today announced Rina Hurst as vice president of Walmart GoLocal, Walmart’s delivery service platform. Hurst joins Walmart from Shipt, where she served as chief business officer.

Kroger to increase shelf space for local products

- Retail
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 reveals 2023 local program participants

- Retail
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.

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.