Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2017 Regional Award Winner

 

FreshSpoke, Barrie

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Marcia Woods, MPP Ann Hoggarth and Henry Quach

Marcia Woods, MPP Ann Hoggarth and Henry Quach

Released in September 2016, the FreshSpoke app connects buyers and sellers with a simple "click-pick-deliver" system, making it easier for wholesale buyers to get food directly from local producers and processors. It's an eBay-meets-Uber approach applied to local food. Buyers use the online platform to select the food they want to purchase while local growers pick or prepare the product, ensuring it's as fresh as possible. Producers then have the opportunity to team up for the deliveries by collecting products en route that are headed for the same destination, resulting in reduced traffic and delivery costs. Currently, FreshSpoke boasts 160 registered sellers, 230 registered buyers and products ranging from Swiss chard and Italian sausage to gourmet granola.


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