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FarmLogix Management System in Urban School Food Alliance
Illinois Ag Connection - 02/07/2019

FarmLogix, a leading provider of data systems to institutional foodservice customers, in collaboration with the Urban School Food Alliance (The Alliance), 10 of the largest K-12 school districts in the country, today announce the development of a computer database and platform that would make it uniform, efficient and cost effective for school foodservice personnel to purchase most needed food and supplies.

"As an enterprise solution for institutional food purchasing data management, this project is a perfect fit for our capabilities," says Linda Mallers, CEO and President of FarmLogix. "We are grateful to the Alliance for its confidence in FarmLogix, and we look forward to delivering the solution."

K-12 procurement is a complex space. Data, product descriptions and product codes from suppliers do not yet adhere to a common format. With this project, FarmLogix will standardize the multi-source data for the Alliance to leverage opportunities for cost management. The system will aggregate purchasing data from Alliance districts and the platform will then analyze food and supply spend by district, vendor, product, food category and region to identify potential group food purchase efficiencies.

"We are very pleased to partner with FarmLogix," Peter B. Fleischer, Strategy and Operations for the Urban School Food Alliance. "With FarmLogix's assistance, the Alliance will soon have a searchable database and analytics, giving us the ability to see price and nutritional disparities among our districts - product by product, purchase by purchase. This will in turn enable the Alliance to target future joint procurement efforts toward products that offer members the greatest price and nutritional 'bang for the buck.'"

FarmLogix is leading the transformation of institutional, local and sustainable food supply chains, connecting buyers and sellers, identifying consumer purchasing trends and streamlining procurement through its proprietary data aggregation and commerce platform. FarmLogix was founded in 2012 and is based in Chicago.

The Urban School Food Alliance was created by school food professionals in 2012 to address the unique needs of the nation's largest school districts. The nonprofit group allows the districts to share best practices and leverage their purchasing power to continue to drive quality up and costs down while incorporating sound environmental practices. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade, Orange County (Orlando,) Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Philadelphia, Baltimore City and Boston together offer service to nearly 3.3 million children daily. This translates to more than 584 million meals a year. The coalition aims to ensure that all public school students across the nation receive healthy, nutritious meals through socially responsible practices.

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