Distributor Membership

"Working with the staff at IFM enabled us to identify several local farmers, producers and new foods businesses that we included in our Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program. The BLBW program has helped us deliver the bounty of Wisconsin to new and existing accounts generating an increase in sales."

Todd Landfried, Vice President / COO
Neesvigs (Dane County)

IFM works to develop institutional markets for local food by providing education and technical assistance to large volume institutional buyers. Through our programming, we identify new large volume customers for distributors, work with distributors to create local foods programs, market your local foods programs and provide opportunities for you to meet with buyers – and save you significant advertising and marketing costs.




IFM Distributor Benefits



MEMBERS ONLY! Discounted Registration Fees: IFM discounts meeting registrations for IFM Distributor Members – Second staff member comes for free at 5th Annual IFM Meeting.


Local Food Means Business – Wisconsin Local Food Expo: A dynamic buyer-seller networking day!

Local Food Sales Meeting: Distributors meet new large volume customers and growers and discuss ways to overcome barriers to local sourcing.

MEMBERS ONLY! IFM Local Sourcing E-News: Promotes distributor members with local product to over 400 institutional buyers. All distributors eligible to receive E-News.

MEMBERS ONLY! Distributor Profiles: Hosted on the IFM website, these profiles promote distributors’ local product to large volume buyers.

MEMBERS ONLY! One-on-one technical assistance: IFM individually meets with distributors, growers, and buyers to help increase local sourcing.

IFM Website: Our website helps develop the market for local food by providing buyers and growers with information and resources to promote local food sales.

Promoting their local: Jesse Gillet (Indianhead Foodservice Distributor), Keith Vander Velde (Wisconsin River Meats), Bob Green (Dairy broker), and Rink DaVee (Green and Green), tell large volume institutional buyers about their local products at 4th Annual IFM Meeting.