PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Who do the technology elite consider to be the new movers and shakers of the industry? According to the Forbes Technology Council made up of leading CIOs, CTOs and executives, one of them is Forager™, a company focused on making locally sourced food widely available to all. Forager is recognized as a top technology startup poised to transform the rapidly emerging local food sourcing market and become a household name.
"Forager is going to make waves. This company changes the way we source food, making locally grown options more readily available. The technology that Forager implements will transform a billion-dollar industry that affects every single one of us," according to the Forbes post.
The news builds on earlier recognition for Forager from Fast Company magazine in its May "United States of Innovation" issue, highlighting the company for its entrepreneurial leadership within the state of Maine and the potential for its technology to have a national impact. Forager's online and mobile procurement-to-payment platform radically simplifies the local food sourcing process, reducing the time and significant costs, and enabling more grocers, food co-ops, and farmers/producers to offer more local products to consumers.
"Despite the increasing demand for local food, only three percent of the food we consume is local," said David D. Stone, CEO and founder. "By removing the complexity, friction and considerable costs in the local food sourcing process through our digital B2B procurement application, we are witnessing increased purchasing by grocers and distributors through more than 100 independent farmers using Forager. As adoption grows, we plan to ignite the local food economy to improve our health, create more jobs, reduce our carbon footprint, and help preserve our environment. It is an honor to be recognized by Forbes for our innovative technology that is already transforming the local food industry."
Forager launched its platform in March 2017 after completing a successful regional pilot with farmers, grocers, food co-ops and wholesalers from Maine. The company, which now has more than 100 farmers and 16 grocers, food co-ops and wholesalers on the platform, is now rolling it out throughout New England and New York State.
About Forager™ (Forager1, LLC) The mission of Forager is to accelerate the growth of the local food economy and make locally sourced food more widely available to all. The company's online and mobile platform digitizes and streamlines the procurement-to-payment process, saving time and costs for grocers, co-ops, farmers, producers, and other buyers and sellers of local food. For more information about Forager, please see goforager.com.