ST. LOUIS — As the local produce season peaks, Schnucks Markets, Inc. announced a plan to buy more than $5 million of local produce and local goods in 2020 from farmers who live and work within the communities served by the Midwest grocer.
Schnucks has created a partnership with the innovative logistics and marketing platform Foodshed.io to build on existing relationships with farmers while also establishing new ones – some of which have been operating for more than 100 years. The partnership will also help make sure products from these farms meet the strict quality standards of Schnucks and its customers.
“Like Schnucks, these local farms have been feeding families and nourishing communities for many generations,” said Schnucks Vice President of Produce Mike Tipton. “Our continued support of local farms allows us to also provide the best quality and freshest produce to our customers who have supported us for more than 80 years.”
Foodshed.io participated in the St. Louis-based Yield Lab Incubator, as part of the burgeoning Ag Tech Innovation community. After starting in New York City, the supportive nature of the local community brought them to the St. Louis area.
“We are proud to be working with a family-owned and operated company like Schnucks to bring one of the most innovative platforms for local sourcing to the five states they serve,” said Dan Beckmann, CEO of Foodshed.io. “Being afforded the opportunity to establish a clean, safe, reliable, fresh and local supply chain with these amazing family farms is an honor and a privilege.”
Beckmann added that, with the advent of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to support the local supply chain and local farms during these uncertain times. Schnucks and Foodshed.io are committed to bringing the freshest seasonal produce from farms located no further than a five-hour drive from any one Schnucks store ensuring customers are receiving the freshest local product possible.
About SchnucksFounded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. Schnucks operates 112 stores, serving customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa, and employs more than 14,000 teammates. According to Forbes’ 2019 rankings, Schnucks is the 155th largest privately-owned company in the United States and the 16th largest privately-owned grocer. Schnucks is committed to helping communities thrive and as a champion for reducing hunger, the company annually donates more than $16 million in food to pantries that help those in need.
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About Foodshed.io 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 of our country to bring the best and freshest produce to market from local farms. Started in New York, N.Y., based in St Louis, Mo., Foodshed.io is majority female owned & operated.