Ready to Explore New Markets
Fifth Annual IFM Networking Meeting

Thanks for a great Meeting!

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. 

Back for a fifth year, this business to business meeting was hosted by the Institutional Food Market Coalition, a program of Dane County UW-Extension.




12:30 - Registration!

1:00 - Welcome and Food Buyer Panel

Produce Distributor: Larry Alsum, Alsum Produce

Specialty Foods Distributor: Mike Olson, Elegant Foods

Retailer: Megan Minnick, Willy Street Co-op

Online Retailer: Madhavi Krishnan, Square Harvest

Restaurant:  Joey Connaughty, Food Fight Restaurant Group

Food Safety Specialist: Kelly Maynard, CIAS & WI Food Hub

2:30 - Break

2:45 - Networking (facilitated discussion to connect buyers and sellers)

3:45 - Close

Meeting highlights:

  • Lean about opportunities and requirements for working with large buyers
  • Introduce yourself and your business to all attendees 
  • Discuss your business with buyers and suppliers dedicated to local food

A big thank you to our Co-Hosts!



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