Come join County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Office of Economic Development to celebrate Ulster County's thriving local food and beverage industry at our second annual Craft Food & Beverage Industry Mixer. Besides networking with other movers and shakers in Ulster County's food and beverage sector, you'll learn more about how we're helping support your work and you'll hear from a national expert how logistics and distribution are the key to growing the local food movement.
Light appetizers will be served, with a cash bar and items from a limited dinner menu available for purchase.
At 6pm, County Executive Mike Hein will introduce our keynote speaker, Michael Rozyne. Michael has been a marketer of family farm products for three decades. He worked on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and was Purchaser and Marketer for a regional food distributor in New England. He was cofounder of the fair trade coffee company, Equal Exchange. He started Red Tomato, a decentralized food hub in the Northeast, in 1996 and now works as Red Tomato’s Evangelist focusing on the growers, new business development, and product development.
Following Michael's remarks, Todd Erling, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation will unveil the results of a recent study on food and beverage processing in Ulster County. With HVADC’s Board of Directors, Todd has developed the first regional entity to focus on farms and local food business as economic development in the Hudson Valley. HVADC provides assistance to ag-related and ag-dependent businesses through contracts with seven counties throughout the Hudson Valley. Since 2007 HVADC has assisted projects in accessing over $30 million in funding.
Hope to see you there!
Suzanne Holt, Director
Ulster County Office of Economic Development