Maine processing sector gets grant to bolster infrastructure, distribution

Grant money also was awarded to help New England fishermen address marketing local seafood to local markets.

The Maine processing sector just got a big boost.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said Thursday more the Greater Portland Council of Governments will receive a $500,000 (€426,150) USDA Local Food Promotion grant for its project, 'Scaling for Growth in the Portland Foodshed.'

The money will bolster food processing infrastructure and address the inefficient distribution network by adding processing capacity, reducing food waste and increasing local food purchasing among retailers and institutions by $7.5 million (€6.4 million).

Also, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will receive a $99,473 (€84,780) Local Food Promotion Program grant to work with New England fishermen to address marketing local seafood to local markets.

“We are thrilled to begin working with regional fishermen to address the barriers preventing them from marketing their catch to local restaurants, retailers, and institutions,” said Kyle Foley, sustainable seafood program manager at the institute.

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