Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner


Local Line Inc., Kitchener

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MPP Liz Sandals, Matthew Magdalas and Cole Jones

MPP Liz Sandals, Matthew Magdalas and Cole Jones

Consumers love local food. And now, putting Ontario food on the menu just got easier for restaurants and institutions, thanks to Local Line. Cole Jones developed the online order management platform, which lets chefs buy directly from growers without the hassle of placing dozens of different orders. A flat-rate monthly subscription fee gives them access to a slew of meats, dairy products, grains, fruits and vegetables. Local Line makes inventory management easy and simplifies delivery schedules. Meanwhile, participating farmers pay a percentage of the total order. For that fee, they enjoy the predictability of advance orders, enabling them to harvest and ship exactly what’s needed. Launched in 2014, the site has brought together 230 registered buyers and suppliers in Ontario, Calgary and select U.S. sites.


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