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July 2, 2018
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United States Secretary of Agriculture Visits Colorado Springs Food Start-Up

RELEASE DATE: May 15th, 2018                                            

Contact: Megan Cornish, FoodMaven

Phone: 719-660-9892

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United States Secretary of Agriculture Visits Colorado Springs Food Start-Up

 

Colorado Springs, CO, May 15th, 2018- The United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, was in Colorado Springs today for a tour of FoodMaven, an innovative Colorado Springs based food distribution company. Secretary Perdue took a walking tour of the company’s new 22,000 square foot food warehouse in Colorado Springs and visited with company executives Tuesday morning.

USDA leadership developed an interest in FoodMaven following a presentation by CEO Patrick Bultema at this year’s USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum in Washington, D.C. FoodMaven’s innovative business model, which involves rescuing potentially wasted food for sale to commercial kitchens, aligns with the values of USDA under Secretary Perdue, who has given the organization the motto of “Do Right and Feed Everyone”.

FoodMaven diverted over 1,443,800 pounds of food from Colorado landfills and donated over 482,600 meals to hunger relief through Q1 of 2018. They expect these numbers to quickly grow as they expand nationally in the coming years.

FoodMaven CEO Patrick Bultema said, “Obviously, we are incredibly honored to have the Secretary here. We are grateful to share FoodMaven’s model of being better stewards of the food American farmers produce. Having Secretary Perdue take the time to see what we do is a great way to raise the visibility of how food gets lost in the system.”

FoodMaven has been generating revenue for suppliers and saving money for buyers while sourcing more local products for Colorado businesses. FoodMaven has been selling to Bon Appétit Management Company at Colorado College over the past year. Randy Kruse, General Manager for food service at Colorado College, spoke with Secretary Perdue at FoodMaven on Tuesday. “FoodMaven’s mission aligns with Bon Appétit’s own commitments to fighting food waste and supporting local food. We’re thrilled they’ve been able to connect us with Colorado produce and other products that might have otherwise gone to waste,” said Kruse. “They’ve been a flexible and responsive partner since the beginning.”

FoodMaven supports the Colorado community by working with various restaurants, institutions, farmers, ranchers and hunger relief organizations throughout the Front Range, such as Denver’s Crafty Fox, Colorado Spring’s 503W, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Sangres Best Grass-Fed Beef, organic Maverick Potato, Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.

About FoodMaven

FoodMaven is an innovative online marketplace and rapid logistics company bringing agility and flexibility to the U.S. food system. The company’s goal is to capture and reclaim revenues from lost food, estimated at $200 billion per year. FoodMaven sells high-quality local and oversupplied food from distributors, manufacturers and producers to restaurants and institutional buyers at about half price. With an efficient Internet marketplace, big data optimization technology, and agile logistics model, FoodMaven is good for profits, good for people and good for the planet. For more information, please visit foodmaven.com.

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