Farm to Institution New England (FINE) assembled a team of experienced “supply chain facilitators” in 2013 and 2014 to conduct research on FSMC operations and practices. They interviewed 35 current and former officials of FSMC and other food system leaders, and compiled regional and cross-sector information about the food purchasing policies and procedures of the most prominent food service management companies serving New England institutions. The research delved into the management structure of these companies, and the principle challenges and opportunities to increase local purchasing by institutions that contract with FSMC. The findings have been compiled in two upcoming reports: Corporate Food Service Management 101, and Leveraging Food Service Contracts.
The webinar on January 7th will discuss these report findings. As various partner organizations around the region work to impact change in institutional purchasing, these report findings set the stage for a common platform for collective action.