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Call for Proposals: Business Planning + Marketing Services for Wholesale Local Food Co-op

Fireweed Food Co-op (FFC) has received funded support to contract the services of industry experts to provide comprehensive business planning and marketing services for its newly established flagship Food Hub project, a wholesale distributor for local and sustainable foods in Manitoba. Through these services, FFC hopes to gain a practical, detailed and research-backed blueprint for the path towards the Food Hub’s long term success, both financially and in upholding our values and responsibility to stakeholders and community. All qualified and interested professionals are invited to submit a proposal by Feb 1, 2021 to be considered for this contract.

Both the RFP for Business Planning Services and RFP for Marketing Services has been posted together. We plan to contract two experts to fulfil these contracts simultaneously and with some expectation of collaboration between them. Therefore, marketing and business development consultants are encouraged to submit proposals together.

Project background:

In the spring of 2020, FFC launched Fireweed Food Hub, a year-round, B2B, sales, marketing, aggregation and distribution service for producers and wholesale buyers of local food. The Food Hub’s primary mission is to increase the urban market for our co-op members which is driven by the vision of a more thriving, diverse, accessible and participatory local food economy. In its pilot year, the Food Hub’s primary customers were locally-owned restaurants and grocery retailers as well as community organizations’ meal programs. Our co-op member-suppliers are small and midsize farmers, fishers, ranchers, and artisanal food producers who use sustainable practices, and are located in Manitoba and Nunavut.

Project Details:

1. Business Planning contract

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2. Strategic Marketing contract

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Please submit your proposal packages to by no later than Feb 1, 2021 to be considered for these contracts. The successful applicant will be notified shortly thereafter.

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