Local Food Trade Show: March 10th

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Local Specialty Crop Trade Show
& Local Food Trade Show
Connecting Wholesale Buyers and Producers of Local Food

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

8:15AM – 1:30PM
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
The SBN Local Food Trade Shows are organized by the SBN of Massachusetts in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown) to connect local specialty crop growers and restaurants. This event will feature open floor trading between wholesale buyers and producers of local food. It will also include a series of morning and afternoon workshops, addressing best practices and innovative ways of local trading between producers and buyers of local food. Topics include case studies, Food Hubs, working with the “middle man,” sales strategies, marketing, and more.
Vendor Spots are Filling Up!
Due to the expansion of our program, we are offering two trade shows this year, taking place the same time in the same location. Each trade show will feature different type of exhibitors. Please register below (note that there are 3 different applications). Click to register!
  Session 1 Workshops (8:15AM – 9:30AM)
Forging Innovative Trade Relationships

This workshop will highlight two stories of trade relationships between producers and buyers of local food that work.

 

A Vision for Local Food in New England – How can we make it happen!

Introduce 50 by 60 New England Food Vision, explore the role of local trade and sourcing in achieving it, and identify leverage points for advancing it.

The ‘Labeling Game’: Why does it matter?

Panel to discuss the various food labels among Organic, GMO, Fair trade, B Corporation Certification and more!

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Session 2 Workshops (11:00AM – 12:15PM)

Food Hubs: Key Players in Growing Our Local Food System

The workshop features 4 food hubs including Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Red’s Best, Western Mass Food Processing Center & FairAcre Traders
  
Getting In and Staying In

Marketing strategies and tools to get your products into food services/stores and sell successfully once they’re in

 

Working with the “Middleman”

Panel to discuss Distribution, Aggregation, Wholesalers, Food processing Centers.

  

Practical Advice for Successful Selling: How to move from point A to point B

This workshop is designed for local farms, producers, distributors, and other local businesses that offer healthy and delicious food choices and want to increase their sales volume.

 

COSTA
A privately owned company, Costa is a produce and specialty foods purveyor serving fine dining establishments throughout New England. Costa offers fresh products and works closely with local farmers and producers to provide a variety of local artisan items. Costa is a sustainable business leader certified by the SBN of MA and is a recipient of the Boston Green Business Award. For more information, visit freshideas.com today!
Boston Organics
Boston Organics delivers certified organic groceries throughout the Boston area. The company provides access to organic produce and supports local farms, businesses, and fair-trade practices. In 2014, Boston Organics paid over $700,000 to Northeast growers, composted 37,000 pounds of produce, and donated over 70,000 pounds of organic produce. Boston Organics is a member of the SBN of MA and a certified B Corporation.
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For more event information, please visit our website, or contact Maddie Phadke at maddie@sbnmass.org or call (617) 395-0250.
If you are interested in volunteering and assisting with our trade shows between 7:00AM-3PM on March 10th, apply today at here.