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April 25, 2017

Fast Company singles out Forager for innovation of 'national significance'

Courtesy / Forager
Courtesy / Forager
Serial entrepreneur David Stone, who counts CashStar among his successful companies, on March 20 started his sixth venture, Forager, which helps farmers, local grocers and buyers track orders all the way through payments online.

CashStar co-founder David Stone's sixth startup, Forager, is only a month old and already it's being recognized by Fast Company magazine as "a pipeline for local food" with strong potential to have national impact.

The startup company that's focused on making locally sourced food widely available to all announced Monday it will be featured in Fast Company's "United States of Innovation" issue in May, which highlights "one promising project, initiative, and business in each state with the potential to have a national impact."

"Change doesn't have to happen from the top down. … [With changes] … in Washington, D.C., …people in communities across the country are taking it upon themselves to chip away at the challenges in front of them, coming up with innovative solutions that can have nationwide significance," Fast Company stated in its upcoming issue. "Together, they present a portrait of the country today — its concerns and responses, and its enduring capacity for progress."

Stone launched Forager's platform in March after completing a successful regional pilot involving 100 farmers and 10 grocers, food co-ops and wholesalers from Maine. The company is now rolling it out throughout New England and New York. The company's online and mobile procurement-to-payment platform is designed to radically simplify the process of buying local food by reducing time and significant costs in local sourcing, and enabling more grocers, food co-ops, and farmers/producers to offer more local products to consumers.

"We believe that local food can improve our health, create more jobs, reduce our carbon footprint, and help preserve our environment," Stone said in a news release. "Yet, only 3% percent of the food we consume is local. By digitizing the B2B sales and sourcing process, we hope to ignite the local food economy and be a key player in the 'Good Food Movement. It is an honor to be recognized by Fast Company for a solution that is intended to help sustain our world."

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