Foodshed.io Helps Schnuck Markets Celebrate Its Biggest Local Produce Season; Mike Tipton, Clare Sullivan, and Mark Schneider Explain
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
ST. LOUIS, MO - With Foodshed.io by its side, Schnuck Markets is aiming to bring the joys of fresh produce throughout its locations—and this trade news writer couldn’t be more excited. For the 2021 season, more than 50 varieties of fresh, local produce are featured in all 111 Schnucks stores, ranging from tomatoes to watermelons to fresh herbs.
“Buying from local farms helps us support our local neighbors while providing a higher quality product for our customers,” said Mike Tipton, Schnucks Vice President of Produce and Floral. “By reducing the time it takes from the farm to our stores, we are able to get the freshest produce—our customers can taste the difference!”
In partnership with Foodshed.io, Schnucks is celebrating its most expansive local produce season since it was founded in 1939. Foodshed.io draws from 15 farms in the four states where Schnucks operates (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), increasing the retailer's ability to bring local to the communities it serves.
“The commitment Schnucks has made to its communities and its farms are second to none,” said Clare Sullivan, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Foodshed.io. “Our technology provides a consistent experience our customers can count on and makes it easy for farmers to do what they do best—grow food for our communities.”
This is the third season Schnucks and Foodshed.io have teamed up. According to the release, Schnucks has expanded its local produce offerings by 173 percent year over year. Additionally, the Foodshed.io platform is responsible for ensuring that the produce is available for customers while giving local farms the stability they need to plan their seasons.
“We are excited to offer our local greenhouse-grown specialty lettuces and salads to Schnucks customers and are excited to grow our farm and business working with Foodshed.io and Schnucks,” said Mark Schneider, Owner of The Farmer & Co in Strawn, Illinois.
Through its work with Foodshed.io, Schnucks is also helping our environment and creating a more resilient local supply chain. All partner farms are encouraged to use regenerative practices that ensure the land is able to feed the generations to come.
“The local produce season is far from over,” said Tipton. “More items can be found at your local Schnucks continuing year-round with a big fall season yet to come!”
Now that’s a partnership worth continuing! Stay up to date with the latest developments here on ANUK.