May 16, 2018

U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue visits FoodMaven

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue understands the challenges with food waste – $200 billion in wasted food per year while 42 million people are food insecure and 40% of farm production goes uneaten while 68% of farmers are on the verge of bankruptcy. His department is looking for innovative solutions to help deal with these challenges.

Perdue stopped by FoodMaven on Tuesday as part of his “Back to Our Roots” Tour to understand our approach to the food waste challenge.  His visit started with a tour of our new Colorado Springs warehouse where he heard the stories behind many of our products. CEO Patrick Bultema talked about ‘imperfect’ apples, oversupplied chicken breasts and local potatoes without a home in traditional distribution channels.

Secretary Perdue then sat down with the FoodMaven team along with some of our suppliers and customers, including Sangres Best Beef, Strohauer Farms, Bon Appetit (foodservice provider for Colorado College) and Colorado Springs’ 503W, for a roundtable discussion. Perdue was particularly interested in hearing from our customers and suppliers about how FoodMaven helps their businesses while dealing with the food waste challenge.

USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

The visit ended with Secretary Perdue sharing a few thoughts with reporters. “Food Maven is doing an innovative and creative idea on how to reduce food waste,” said Perdue. “I love the entrepreneurial aspect…and I like, frankly, the for-profit model because there’s nothing more incentivizing than economic reality.”

For more in-depth coverage, read the Colorado Springs Gazette story here.

Perdue also took a moment for photos with the team, including being presented with a coveted FoodMaven hat by our CEO.

FoodMaven employees and special guests with Secretary Perdue.

Secretary Perdue receiving a FoodMaven hat.

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