A sole-owner limited liability corporation based in Dulac, Louisiana, whose founder, Lance Nacio, has developed methods for freezing shrimp onboard his ship and markets his shrimp directly to retailers across the country.
A for-profit corporation in Davenport, California, with a fully unionized workforce that has demonstrated how to grow organic strawberries, manufacture value added jams and pies, and sell them directly to the public.
Better known as Organic Valley and Organic Prairie, CROPP has become one of the largest and most influential producer cooperatives for marketing organics in North America, representing 1,300 farmers who are involved primarily in dairy but also in eggs, soy products, orange juice, fruits, vegetables, and meat.
A multi-species meat processing plant that has demonstrated the viability of a “mid scale” company in linking small meat producers with larger markets. It also processes meats for larger companies including CROPP.
An entrepreneurial nonprofit program based in Abingdon, Virginia, has helped nearly 70 former tobacco farmers transition to growing organic fruits and vegetables. It provides them with the capacity to sell to regional supermarkets and other buyers.
A producer cooperative that enables three dozen primarily African American farmers from rural Mississippi to wash, aggregate, and package fresh fruits and vegetables, and then truck them to markets across the United States.
An Internet based producer and consumer cooperative in the state of Oklahoma, run by a small part time staff and an army of volunteers. It links buyers and producers throughout the state and mobilizes delivery of thousands of products to 38 sites one day each month.
An entrepreneurial nonprofit program in New York City, and the largest farmers market system in North America. It runs 49 market locations, many year round, and caters to low income residents using the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program).
A 12,000 member worker and consumer cooperative near Research Triangle, North Carolina, which runs not only three grocery stores but also a commissary, bakery, and restaurant.
A network of for profits based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which includes a delicatessen, bakery, creamery, catering and events business, a mail order company, a coffee roastery, a restaurant, and a consulting business.
A restaurant featuring local and organic fare at moderate prices and has become ground zero for local food system development and buy-local movements across the United States.
A nonprofit that has transformed an abandoned parcel of land into successful organic farms, value-added food businesses, local-food education programs, and a county-wide composting program.
A retailer best known as a chain of 138 supermarkets in Sri Lanka (though it also includes processing facilities and restaurants) that buys raw foodstuffs from 10,000 smallholder farmers at fair trade prices.
A limited liability company in Malawi, formed through a public-private partnership and owned by a smallholder farmers’ trust, which helps 280 farmers grow and sell sugarcane at fair trade prices.
Ghana’s largest producer cooperative, which represents 45,000 cocoa farmers and helps them produce and sell raw cocoa. The farmers also co-own the Divine Chocolate Company, which markets products that incorporate Kuapa Kokoo’s cocoa.
A women-run cooperative that enables three dozen women farmers in Nepal to profitably sell organic fruits and vegetables for markets in Kathmandu.
A cooperative that helps 60 women in Morocco extract oil from native argan trees, and then sell oil based food and cosmetic products to buyers worldwide at fair trade prices.
A Native American, family run business in Cape Croker, Canada, that catches, smokes, and sells directly high quality fish to farmers markets in Toronto.
A cluster of four independent but coordinated enterprises that have popularized local organic bread and meats in Croatia: organic farms, a bakery, a marketing apparatus, and a research center.
A limited liability corporation that has developed certified rice products, including conventional and organic basmati, and has partnered with thousands of small scale farmers in northern India in fair trade agreements.
A cooperative that helps its 200 members market their onions domestically, and imports and sells onions from neighboring countries to provide added income to members.
A chain of twelve for-profit restaurants and resorts in Thailand, all specializing in local cuisine and local food production, which are designed to finance the public health and environmental programs of the country’s oldest NGO.
A woman-owned enterprise that has spread appreciation of local food throughout Zambia and internationally through its catering services, a restaurant, and training programs.
A for-profit enterprise under nonprofit ownership that teaches CFE entrepreneurship to low-income high school students through local enterprises that defray the costs of running the school.