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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

CONTACT: G.W. Stanley, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division

Lowes Foods and MDI food distributors looking for local farmers
to supply products; holding meeting March 28 in Winston-Salem

WHO/WHAT: The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting a Grower Information Session for farmers interested in selling commodities to Lowes Foods and MDI. This is the second of three meetings across the state.

BB&T Ballpark – Womble Carlyle Room
951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 28

WHY: Grocery stores, restaurants and food suppliers are trying to meet growing consumer demand for locally sourced foods. This trend provides new market opportunities for farmers and food businesses. The “buy-local” trend continues to gain momentum, with more and more grocery stores and restaurants using farm and farmers names in their in-store promotional materials. NCDA&CS marketing specialists help team up farmers and food businesses in support of the state’s nearly $70 billion agriculture and agribusiness industry.
BACKGROUND INFO: The session will cover the requirements Lowes Foods and MDI have for buying from farmers, including having liability insurance and Good Agricultural Practices certification. Marketing specialists will give a presentation on how to become GAP certified along with other grower information. Any farmer interested in marketing products to Lowes Food or MDI is invited to attend.

Lowes Foods is a Winston-Salem based chain, with 100 grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

MDI, which stands for Merchants Distributors Inc., is a privately owned wholesale grocery distributor serving several states.

EDITORS NOTE: Reporters are welcome to attend the meeting and talk with farmers, NCDA&CS marketing staff or representatives from Lowes Foods and MDI about this business opportunity.


NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3005; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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