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    Catalina “Chiqui” Berg and Bart Berg of Pengilly, Minn., brought their Chiqui’s Chocolates to a Midwest Pantry food show.

    Photo: Neal St. Anthony • neal.st.anthony@startribune.com,

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    Catalina “Chiqui” Berg of Pengilly, Minn., creates tasty caramels and chocolate candies for a constant organisation of online business and candy stores. The Colombia internal knows how to prove a honeyed tooth.

    Tom Smude, a rancher from Pierz, Minn., started out flourishing a few acres of soil-replenishing sunflowers in place of corn and soybeans in 2007. He has given built a processing-and-bottling plant to furnish heart-healthy oil from 600-plus acres he plants or contracts for annually. The operation is pulpy to accommodate direct from restaurants and grocery stores.

    Will that be a 6-ounce bottle or 250-gallon receptacle of “cold-pressed” sunflower oil?

    Both were during Midwest Pantry’s Spring Local Food Gift Show final week during a Grain Belt Bottling House in northeast Minneapolis.

    Berg and Smude are partial of a burgeoning “locally grown” food transformation that stresses healthy, genuine ingredients. It is a niche-company expansion engine of a differently low food industry. It has a likes of General Mills shopping in or perplexing to emanate boutiques that work like tiny independents, identical to a distracted “microbreweries.”

    And a likes of Wal-Mart, Target, Supervalu, Kowalski’s and other informal and inhabitant peddlers are clearing profitable shelf space for “local” dishes because, if they’re done within a state or 100 miles, they make a money registers ring louder.

    “Many buyers are peaceful to compensate a reward for internal food, and vast grocers are holding note,” consulting organisation A.T. Kearney pronounced in a new news that remarkable that big-box and inhabitant bondage arrange low among consumers for “trustworthiness.”

    The vast companies are meddlesome since internal products beget consumer goodwill and authority higher-margin prices.

    This is not news to Zoie Glass and Chad Gillard, co-founders of seven-year-old Midwest Pantry, an outfit shaped to assistance tiny Midwestern food companies grow by trade shows that couple store buyers with food producers, offer educational forums on licensing, insurance, selling and yield bearing like a Minnesota Cup entrepreneurial sweepstakes.

    “We’re branch people down to get in here,” pronounced Glass of final week’s food and present show. “We bond them to buyers. We wish to classify a producers and vendors. Farmers markets aren’t orderly for corporate buyers. But 10 percent shelf space during a store indifferent for internal vendors has a outrageous impact on a internal economy.”

    Glass also is a owners of Lucille’s Kitchen Garden of St. Paul, builder of a accumulation of Minnesota-made jams and jellies.

    Gillard is a maestro marketer who desired Lucille’s jams when he met Glass during a Mill City Farmers Market in 2003. Gillard and Glass found that a common lamentation among tiny Minnesota food companies was that vast East Coast and West Coast food shows, that can cost adult to $10,000 for a counter and accommodations and travel, were too costly.

    Glass and Gillard schooled from a high-end annual Minnesota Monthly Food Wine Experience. But they unsuccessful to get that weekend vaunt to unite an additional day for food only. So, they started their possess gig, Midwest Pantry.

    Compared with a cost of a outing to presumably coast, many vendors can arrangement their things by Midwest Pantry for reduction than $1,000, including a $350 or $450 booth, online selling and entrance to associated forums and resources.

    Joe Moore, a customer during Kowalski’s supermarkets, pronounced Midwest Pantry provides easy, internal entrance to a brood of internal food producers.

    “It’s an event for these smaller manufacturers,” Moore said. “To be means to go counter to counter underneath one roof, accommodate a manufacturers and have an event to presumably support them … is what we’re looking for. It’s good to have something locally focused.”

    Kowalski’s has struck deals with several Midwest Pantry participants, including Lucille’s and Red Table Meat Co., that it is introducing by a Woodbury store. The specialty beef writer in northeast Minneapolis was started by Mike Phillips, who grew adult on a tiny plantation and buys directly from tiny farmers who eschew industrial tillage and fattening pigs in a shortest volume of time.

    Gillard, who has no skeleton to quit his day job, pronounced a idea of Midwest Pantry is to serve position Minnesota as a homegrown-food collateral of a Midwest and “double a value of a counter [to a vendors] though lifting a price.”



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    • Photos by Neal St. AnthonyTom Smude, owners of Smude’s Enterprises of Pierz, Minn., oversees 600 acres to furnish sunflower oil.

    • Chad Gillard and Zoie Glass combined Midwest Pantry to bond internal food manufacturers to buyers from sell operations.

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