The ways in which food reaches the consumer can vary; what we have developed here at LoCo Foods is a way to streamline local sourcing by offering retail establishments located within Colorado an easy way to purchase products from over 150 local brands that are grown and/or processed within Colorado in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. By making it easy to have a local program, more businesses are able to maintain and grow the local options they offer to their customers. We develop relationships with both vendors and customers with a long-term orientation and mutual gain. Here at LoCo Food Distribution, we are passionate about a sustainable local food system. It’s why we do what we do!
Local brands are often families or small teams that are handling every aspect of their business including: purchasing, payments, production, sales, warehousing, distribution and marketing, etc. We step in and take the orders and deliveries off of their plate. Which means the brand has more time to focus on manufacturing, and the customer has consistent deliveries and support from our team. More time for them, means more production and more marketing, which is a win-win for them and their customers.
By adding local products to the shelves, a retailer can show their customers they are willing to do their part to invest in the well-being of the communities in which they are doing business. By supporting the local economy and their sustainable food system, it allows them to be a part of the environmental movement, lessen their carbon footprint by decreasing the miles their food travels and offering their customers a healthy alternative to the brands that use environmentally harmful mass food production practices.
In addition to deliveries, we also offer support to our customers by staying up to date on the local market conditions, maintaining professional relationships with our buyers, vetting each brand prior to submission. Once products are approved, we continue our support by providing order forms, in-store visits, and being the direct line of contact for all brands that we represent. This means that a retailer can offer multiple local items and have 1 point of contact for all pricing, promos, changes, recalls etc. Buying from LoCo Foods also allows in-store staff to order and receive all at once; instead of multiple orders and direct deliveries; which frees up time and reduces labor costs.
Our food system is changing – concerns about the health and environmental risks of our current industrial model of manufacturing goods are now in the forefront of people’s minds. Consumers are taking the time to educate themselves about the products they are buying; the ingredients that go in them, as well as the practice or processes that went into making them and where they came from and how they got there. It is important for retailers to stay ahead of the curve and show that they both see and support the value in local food systems and that they support EVERY aspect of it. From the farmers, to the producers, to the distributors, to the customers.