Lipman Family Farms Meets Consumer Demand Through Partnerships With Local Farmers; David Ackers Shares
IMMOKALEE, FL - With a formidable network of supply-side allies, Lipman Family Farms brings top-quality local produce to consumers all year long. As the supplier continues to seek out advancements to its portfolio, Lipman Family Farms is backing the summer season with solid partnerships through its advancing Lipman Local program.
“As a family-owned company, the foundation of what we do is being the farmer and building a strong network of other local growers and family farmers,” said David Ackers, Manager of Procurement and Lipman Local. “We don’t compete with the small to mid-sized farms, we partner with them to create success at every level. With over 30 years of local partnerships, our growers have become family, and we are devoted to expanding our program and shortening the connection between grower and consumer.”
As inflation and rising production costs cause discrepancies in consumer grocery purchasing, the Lipman Local program helps local farmers provide consumers with a fresh supply of produce with the support of Lipman’s most valuable growing resources and connections, as explained in a press release. Since its creation, the local program has continued to evolve with developments in crop utilization, acreage expansion, increasing supply, and testing of innovative data collection tools to ensure high-quality, local produce year-round.
Sourcing locally supports sustainable practices and uplifts small to medium-sized businesses in the surrounding communities. As value becomes the forefront of consumers’ purchasing decisions, there is more opportunity than ever to provide and encourage the purchase of in-season local produce, as the company highlighted in the release.
Currently, harvest and production of local dry vegetables including peppers, eggplant, green and yellow squash, cucumbers, and more, are in full swing in New Jersey and North Carolina. The supplier’s New Jersey farming partners have expanded their pepper acreage by 30 percent and doubled cucumber acreage since last year’s growing season through the Lipman Local program.
For more information on the Lipman Local program, click here.
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