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FINE's Toolkit for Institutional Purchasers Original post: Mon 11/11/2013 at 1:44 PM
This is the message from FINE that went out with the toolkit. The .pdf file is too big to attach here, so follow the link in the message: 

Announcing the release of our


We are excited to announce the release of our new Toolkit for Institutional Purchasers Seeking Local Produce through a Distributor! As institutions in New England work to achieve sustainability goals and meet customer demand, dining services managers are tasked with sourcing local, regional and sustainably produced foods. Meanwhile, tracking these purchases is integral to documenting success of sustainability initiatives, however, many institutional purchasers find that data difficult to obtain. 
This resource is designed to assist institutional purchasers in communicating with a current or potential distributor about meeting the institution’s need for both product and tracking reports that document local and sustainable purchases. To that purpose, the toolkit includes:
  • Contract negotiation tips specific to local food procurement
  • Points to keep in mind when considering what you want from a local food distributor
  • A guide to conversations with a distributor including sample questions
  • A sample letter requesting locally grown foods from a distributor
  • A directory of New England produce vendors known to source local and regionally grown foods 
We are grateful to Kimberly Clark, principal author, who is FINE's Distribution Project Lead as well as the farm to school coordinator for Farm Fresh Rhode Island.

Click here to view the toolkit online or send an email to to request a digital copy. Please spread this far and wide to anyone who might benefit from it.

We hope you find this a helpful resource in meeting your sustainability goals!

- The FINE Team
Edited:Mon 11/11/2013 at 1:45 PM by Jess Gerrior
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