“The local food movement is fast becoming the local booze movement. In an annual survey of more than 1,800 professional chefs who are members of the American Culinary Federation, the National Restaurant Association found that locally produced beer and wine would be among the top five hottest menu trends this year and the No. 1 trend in alcohol and cocktails. To varying degrees, restaurant and liquor industry professionals said that trend is playing out in Nashville.” — Nashville Business Journal
The local food movement hasn’t caught on here like in some of the areas I’ve dealt with lately, but it is finally showing some growth in Tennessee. Local food, in my opinion, has more potential for success than the shop local programs. Eating is not only a necessity, but also ‘breaking bread’ has more appeal that can draw people to local food. Whether the experience, the social and/or the health components of good food, local business, even non-food retailers, should be conscious of how the local food movement can influence their connection to customers. For a description of the local food movement (and to add ‘localvore’ to your vocabulary), check out Wikipedia or Sustainable Table.
… it’s probably here somewhere
Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers.
I have earned over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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