What would it look like if Manitoba invested in local food?
Schools, hospitals, and other public institutions are important places in the fabric of our community and they have a unique opportunity to invest in local, healthy foods. By investing in local foods, these institutions can have a large impact on supporting our local food economy.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, a Crown corporation responsible for the sale and distribution of liquor and gambling products in Manitoba, is an emerging leader for supporting locally produced and processed foods from Manitoba.
As part of their corporate responsibility, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is investing in local food. They have committed to increasing the amount of local food they purchase for their in-house restaurants to 25%.
So what kind of impact does this make on our local food economy?
By ordering 600 pounds of local butter annually from Notre Dame Creamery, they are now injecting approximately $60,000 into the local food economy from one product alone.
A Case Study
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries: A Case Study outlines the ways that a Crown corporation has begun to procure local and sustainable foods within their restaurants, including setting a target to buy local food within their food service contract, bringing on new local foods into their menus, and increasing the transparency around knowing where their products are being produced and processed.