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Scaling up the growing movement for local foods


MILAN -- Institutional customers in west central Minnesota have a growing appetite for local foods.

Tapping this market could elevate the production of local foods in the region in a big way, and not just because non-retail food sales represent roughly 48 percent of all food sales. Institutional markets can offer a consistent demand that local producers relying on direct to customer sales and seasonal, farmer's markets can never achieve.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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