Kodiak Daily Mirror - Alaskan business awarded money to develop new food product
  
Alaskan business awarded money to develop new food product
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ANCHORAGE — USDA-Rural Development Alaska state director Jim Nordlund announced Tuesday that a Value Added Producer Grant of $91,100 has been awarded to Wrigley Farms LLC which does business as Alaska Flour Company.

According to a USDA release, the Alaska Flour Company is the only commercial flour mill in Alaska. It specializes in high-quality, artisan, stone-ground barley flour and barley cereals that are grown and milled on their farm in Delta Junction. Over the years, Alaskans' desire to buy locally produced food has increased dramatically for a variety of reasons, such as food security and food safety concerns, reduced transportation impacts to the environment, and economic and rural development opportunities.

"This one-to-one match funding will be used to develop and purchase more appealing packaging supplies for the flour and cereal they produce, and pay for marketing expenses to introduce the locally grown products into Alaskan markets. Emphasis will be placed on accessing larger retail chains and institutional bulk sales through distributors," Nordlund said in the release.

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