US: Western Montana Growers Cooperative expands local food business

The Western Montana Growers Cooperative has evolved in its ten-year history from a scrappy $200,000 per year business to a nearly $1 million per year business, reports the Missoulian. A recent study by University of Montana environmental studies students showed that the food hub has grown each year in members and sales. It serves health food stores, grocery stores, restaurants and institutions with a product mix that includes vegetables, eggs, dairy, and poultry. Western Montana Growers also has a growing CSA program. The co-op is looking toward developing its value-added product line by processing vegetables for the institutional market, according to the article.

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