Information on local sourcing for large volume food buyers and Wisconsin producers

For the most up to date information and programs please visit the Dane County UW-Extension Community Food Systems Webpage.

Dane County's Institutional Food Market Coalition provides outreach, education, and technical assistance to buyers, growers, food processors and distributors to increase local food sales. Contact us for assistance!

Exploring New Markets a Success

Ready to Explore New Markets: Working with Distributors and other Food Buyers was held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Farmer, processor, and food entrepreneurs met to hear directly from distributors, retailers, and other food buyers about opportunities and requirements within those markets.  The event provided an opportunty for restaurant, institution, and grocery buyers to meet suppliers of local Wisconsin food.  Buyers and sellers brought along business cards, availablity sheets, pricing, and samples to facilitate connections during the direct networking portion of the meeting. Learn more about the event here.

A big thank you to all of the sponsors and co-hosts that make this business to business meeting a success!


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Local Food News

New Report Released  Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement (2016)

This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a large-scale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for influencing institutional food procurement practices. The report is intended to serve as a resource for those seeking a better understanding of institutional food service procurement policies and provide a rationale for working toward reform.

New! Procurement Policy and Resources Page. Learn more here.

Edible StartUp Summit 2016 – a Bootcamp for Food Entrepreneurs

August 24-26, 2016 at Goodman Community Center

Do you dream about starting a new food business? Are you thinking about new ways to market your product or expand your business? Are you stumped about branding, packaging, or financing? If so, consider attending the Edible Startup Summit for expert advise and networking opportunities.  Click here for more information and to register.

Funds Available! Dane County Revolving Loan Fund
Looking at loan options for farm or food business expansion, or a local food initiative? Check out this information about the Dane County Revolving Loan Fund and the Dane County Commercial Revitalization Loan Fund.

For questions about these loans contact: David B. Phillips, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, at
Phone: (608) 266-4006.