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Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Distributor looking for produce

Hi all,

I just wanted to pass this exciting news along! For growers on the list
in western Michigan, this may be a new market opportunity for you. For
the buyers on the list, this is a new local distributor to keep in

Colleen Matts

Farm to School Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222


From: Corrin, Scott [mailto:corrinsf@ANR.MSU.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 2:39 PM
Subject: New Distributor looking for produce

I wanted to make you aware of a meeting for some of your produce farmer
contacts. Eric Hahn has started a new company in Hart, Michigan called
Locavore Food Distributors, LLC. Eric, along with other investors,
started Cherry Capital Foods in Traverse City area a few years ago that
aggregated produce from the TC area that was then sold to local schools,
restaurants, hospitals, etc… It is my understanding that Eric will
still be working for Cherry Capital Foods while starting Locavore Food
Distributors, LLC.

Since this a new company, Eric is trying to meet with growers (of all
sizes) in the Hart region to help supply produce to his new company.
He is having an informational meeting next week and the information is

Thursday, April 23

2 PM

The Starting Block

1535 Industrial Park Drive
Hart, MI 49420

Contact information

Lynn Smith
Locavore Food Distributors
1535 Industrial Park Drive
Hart, MI 49420
231-873-1458 fax

Give them a call if you have any questions.

Scott Corrin

Programs Administrator

416 Ag Hall

East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517.432.0712

Fax: 517.353.7961

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1 comment:

  1. Slight correction re: Mr. Hahn
    Following was sent out early March

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release

    Date :

    Changes afoot at Cherry Capital Foods

    Traverse City, Michigan

    Cherry Capital Foods, the leading purveyor for northwest lower Michigan's burgeoning local food economy, is excited to announce several changes to its staff and their operating responsibilities. Founded in early 2007, Cherry Capital Foods' 2008 revenue more than doubled that of 2007, and the company's sales are on track to double again in 2009. This extremely rapid growth has demanded a greater division of duties, as well as the creation of several new job titles.

    Evan Smith has joined the company as Senior Operating Manager having served for 8 years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Food For Thought, a mission based social venture specializing in Organic and Fair Trade specialty food products based in Honor, Michigan. Evan brings over 30 years of general management and operations experience to Cherry Capital Foods, as well as a wealth of contacts throughout the food industry. In addition, while at Food For Thought, Evan was responsible for all compliance, procedure, and certification related issues. He will continue in his ownership role with Food For Thought as well as in an active advisory role.

    David Hovest, who recently completed the training program at Zingtrain in Ann Arbor, has been promoted to Fleet Manager, and in addition will take a more active role in sales management and purchasing.

    Company founder Eric Hahn will be leaving day to day responsibilities to pursue other interests, as well as to be able to spend more time with his family. He will retain an equity interest in Cherry Capital Foods and the company will continue to draw on his industry knowledge.

    We wish to express our appreciation for his vision and drive, and to wish him well in his new endeavors.

    Cherry Capital Foods, as the pioneering distributor of local food products sold throughout northwest lower Michigan, is dedicated to providing the best distribution service for this area's important local food and farm economy. It’s core market is roughly a 100 mile radius around Traverse City, where the firm is headquartered.

    Press contact: Evan Smith - 231-943-5310.


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