NCDA&CS to Host Farmer Meetings With Harris Teeter Feb. 12

— Written By Janet Mabry

Article provided by: NCDA&CS Marketing Division

RALEIGH – The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a farmers meeting for NC growers interested in selling fresh produce and grocery items to Harris Teeter. The meeting will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Cabarrus County Center in Concord on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The department is committed to helping farmers find new markets for their products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These farmers meetings offer local growers a chance to meet with major retailers, one-on-one, in a way that they not otherwise get.”

Mark Hilton, the vice president of produce and floral for Harris Teeter, will give an overview of Harris Teeter’s guidelines for selling to its stores. In addition, category specialists can answer farmers’ specific questions about purchasing requirements. Lunch will be provided.

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration is due before February 2. To register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.

The Marketing Division of the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works with farmers and food businesses to expand domestic and international markets for local agricultural products. In addition, the division helps consumers identify NC Agricultural products wherever they shop or eat through it’s Got to Be NC marketing program. More information about the program, including online directories to find NC products, is available at www.gottobenc.com.

News Release provided by: Tony Haywood, retail marketing specialist, NCDA&CS Marketing Division, 919-707-3140; tony.haywood@ncagr.gov