Institutional buyers in northeast Iowa were questioned about local food attributes and purchases.
What are the current purchasing patterns (i.e., what products, how much of each product, etc.) for institutional buyers in Northeast Iowa, and if products are not being purchased by institutional buyers or not at the quantity desired, what are the barriers?
The answers to these questions will allow producers the access to an additional market for their local products. In particular, the addition of local hospitals, restaurants, and nursing homes increases the opportunity to market products that typically couldn't be sold direct to consumers (e.g., blemished or variable-sized products).
Year of Grant Completion
Chase, Craig, "Northeast Iowa local food survey summary report" (2009). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 324.