PORTLAND, Maine, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forager, whose digital procurement web and payments application connects local farmers with independent and chain grocers to bring consumers locally grown food, announces the addition of Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert and retail strategist Neil Stern to its Advisory Board.

The mission of Forager is to accelerate the growth of the local food economy and make locally sourced food more widely available to all. The company’s online and mobile platform digitizes and streamlines the procurement-to-payment process, saving time and costs for grocers, co-ops, farmers, producers, CPG businesses and other buyers and sellers of local food. For more information about Forager, please see goforager.com. (PRNewsfoto/Forager)

The Forager platform fundamentally changes the methods of sourcing, digitizing the supply chain in order to save money, reduce errors, and plan much more effectively – and by so doing, making it possible for grocers to tap into the already significant and still-growing demand for local, fresh food. Grocers cannot afford to miss this opportunity: the market for local food has grown 4 times faster than industrial agriculture in the past decade and is expected to reach $20BN by 2019. Forager’s innovative digital procurement platform is the largest of its kind in New England, with 12,000 unique local products in its online digital catalogue.

Recently, Forager announced its latest entry in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) market as well, with the introduction of the first line of organic vegetable powders made from locally sourced produce, from Dr. Cowan’s Garden. Forager’s work in CPG also includes health supplements and hyper-local, perishable packaged goods.

Phil Lempert and Neil Stern each bring extraordinary depth of expertise regarding the grocery landscape to their roles in advising Forager in how to further our mission of making local, fresh food more widely available,” said David Stone, founder and CEO, Forager. “In the wake of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, both conventional and independent grocers are working hard to improve their local sourcing, as offering a variety of local produces year-round is a key differentiator that drives business. This is where Forager comes in, connecting farms with grocers – and Lempert and Stern are helping us to best reach the grocery sector with our message.”

Phil Lempert is an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape. He has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, empowering them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.

Neil Stern is a Senior Partner at McMillanDoolittle, where he specializes in strategic planning and the development of new retail concepts, developing strategies and concepts for a diverse variety of clients across the retail industry. Key clients include both large and small retailers in all channels of retailing with a focus on food. He is editor of McMillanDoolittle’s retail blog, and has co-authored two books, Winning at Retail and Greentailing and Other Revolutions in Retail.

Media interested in connecting with David Stone, and with Lempert and Stern to discuss Forager, should contact Ariane Wolff of Warner Communications at (978) 729-3542 or ariane@warnerpr.com.

About Forager™ (Forager1, LLC)
The mission of Forager is to accelerate the growth of the local food economy and make locally sourced food more widely available to all. The company’s online and mobile platform digitizes and streamlines the procurement-to-payment process, saving time and costs for grocers, co-ops, farmers, producers, and other buyers and sellers of local food. For more information about Forager, please see goforager.com.

Media Contact
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Warner Communications
(978) 729-3542
ariane@warnerpr.com

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