The Midwest is hitting peak produce season, and St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets has partnered with Foodshed.io, a logistics and marketing platform, to purchase $5 million this year in produce from farmers and suppliers located near its 112 stores.
The retailer is using Foodshed.io to build its existing relationships with local producers, some of which have been operating for 100 years. The platform allows Schnucks to ensure the products purchased meet its strict quality standards, and the products will be sourced no more than five hours away from a Schnucks store for the freshest produce possible.
“Like Schnucks, these local farms have been feeding families and nourishing communities for many generations,” said Schnucks VP 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.”
First established in New York, Foodshed.io worked with St. Louis-based Yield Lab Incubator to establish its Midwest network of farmers. “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. “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.”