Maine Grocers Association & Maine Food Producers Alliance
Vote to Consolidate
The Maine Grocers Association & Maine Food Producers Alliance memberships vote to form a consolidated organization: the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association.
On October 29, 2013 the respective memberships voted to form a consolidated single organization whose mission is to build a community dedicated to the prosperity of Maine’s grocery and food producer industry. “We think it’s a perfect match. As a food producer and a retailer I appreciate just how important it is for Maine businesses to work together. By joining forces we’re furthering those opportunities. We’re also aligned in our message to the consumer to do their shopping right here at home,” said Cathe Morrill, State of Maine Cheese Company and Rockport Marketplace who was named President of the consolidated organization.
“There is no doubt that the partnership between the Maine Grocers Association and Maine Food Producers Alliance has yielded positive business opportunities and enhanced our standing at the State House,” said Jim Lesser, Oakhurst Dairy and Board member.
The association has a core membership composed of independent grocers, supermarkets, wholesalers and distributors, food and beverage processors and service provider companies and provides government relations and communications and one-of-a-kind educational and training events.
“Increasing awareness and interest in local foods combined with growing competition and new demands from discerning buyers makes it more important than ever for a single organization to speak out about Maine’s outstanding food industry,” said Kim Brackett, Brackett’s Market and Immediate Past President of the Maine Grocers Association.