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5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW

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Growers will have the chance to meet with category buyers representing three major companies in quick one-on-one sessions.

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The Grower/Buyer Exchange will feature category buyers from Food Lion, The Fresh Market and Jennette Brothers Foodservice Distributors. Buyers are interested in the following categories ONLY:

  • Fresh Produce
  • Packaged Nuts
  • Fluid Dairy Products
  • Eggs
  • Locally Roasted Coffee

Growers will have the chance to meet with buyers, share their story and provide more information about their offerings. Each session lasts 15 minutes. Growers are limited to one session for each of the three companies.

To participate in the Grower/Buyer Exchange, you must meet the following: Your product must be within the categories of interest. These exchanges are designed for the operations of N.C. agriculture farms and packing and processing operations producing a market-ready food product. Businesses with ownership, leases or contractual obligations for fields, growing operations, processing/packaging facilities in the state of North Carolina that produce a market-ready food product are eligible. Businesses who serve solely as a representative or broker of a food product are not eligible.

Please see below for more information on specific categories of interest and types of suppliers wanted for each company.

Food Lion

Categories Wanted: Fresh Produce and Packaged Nuts

Suppliers Wanted: Current and New Suppliers

The Fresh Market

Categories Wanted: Fresh Produce, Packaged Nuts, Fluid Dairy Products, Eggs and Locally Roasted Coffees

Suppliers Wanted: New Suppliers Only

The Fresh Market Perspective: Proximity to store locations will be considered as each store can be unique in what works best for their individual locations. The Fresh Market (TFM) has 150+ locations across the Eastern half of the United States with 21 of those being spread across the state of North Carolina. TFM Local Program is unique from other major grocery chains in that they source hyper-locally – some items may be in all N.C. stores, or they may only be stocked in one store. The Fresh Market merchandising team strives to understand product dynamics and distribution capabilities to help grow especially smaller, unique brands, as well as promoting specific taste preferences of a specific region.

Jennette Brothers Foodservice Distributors

Categories Wanted: Fresh Produce

Suppliers Wanted: New Suppliers Only

When registering, you can select a time to meet with each of the three companies. Please select only one time slot for each of the three companies.

Registration deadline is January 10, 2020. If you have questions about the event or registration process, please email GrowerBuyerExchange@ncagr.gov.

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