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>d DISTRIBUTORS Mountain Food Products Home Grown Wholesale produce distributor Mountain Foods promotes local agriculture throughout the Asheville, N.C., area. By Marta Jiménez-Lutter any organizations across the United States are promoting local produce. In the Asheville, N.C., area, one of those organizations is the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). Some of the reasons why ASAP recommends getting your tomatoes, potatoes and turnips from local farmers include great-tasting food that is also better for your health, since the shorter travel time results in higher nutrient retention; local food supports local families which in turn build up the communities; and local farms promote farm preservation, environmental preservation and protect company profile local wildlife. These are some of the reasons why Ron Ainspan Mountain Food Products started Mountain Food Products in 1985. The owner Headquarters: Asheville, NC of the company went from farmer to wholesale proEmployees: 25 duce distributor, participating and learning the Specialty: Local, fresh produce Ron Ainspan, owner: “What is entire food production and distribution spectrum in really important about this compathe Asheville area. The one-man operation he startny is its community building role.” ed almost 27 years ago counts today with 25 74 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • << Mountain Foods has been promoting and distributing local produce as well as supporting the local economy since the company was founded in 1985 in Asheville, N.C. M employees, seven trucks and an average of 125 deliveries a day. Ainspan’s focus is community development. “What is really important about this company is its community building role,” he says. “That commitment to me has three equal parts: a commitment to the company’s employees, to our local farmers and to the community-at-large.” Community Building Looking to promote local farming, Mountain Food started working in a variety of different projects. “We have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) seasonal program where people sign up and pay a small fee for

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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