Support Services Mini Expo

2018 Support Services Mini Expo


Michael Sparby

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The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology. With unique facilities and professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.



Brand Yourself Consulting

Tami Enfield

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Brand Yourself is a marketing agency that specializes in brand identity and digital marketing strategies. We assist all types of businesses, both large and small, define their differentiator and increase brand awareness through storytelling. We utilize online tools such as Facebook and Hubspot to distribute content to potential clients, ultimately driving sales.

Compeer Financial

Sai Thao

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Compeer Financial is a member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. We provide loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Coverra Insurance

Katie Gunderson

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We specialize in Property, Liability, and Workers Compensation Insurance for businesses in the Food and Beverage industry.  We represent Society Insurance, and our agency is bringing some of the broadest and most comprehensive coverages with a competitive price advantage to the Minnesota market.  Society has a dominating presence within the industry and an excellent track record for handling claims.  Let us be the secret ingredient to protecting your business!


Food Export Association of the Midwest USA

Enrique Rubio

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Food Export Association of the Midwest USA is a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Midwestern region of the United States. We’ve been helping U.S. suppliers of Midwestern food and agricultural products sell overseas since 1969.

Working with our 13 Midwestern member states, Food Export-Midwest provides a wide range of services to facilitate trade between local food suppliers and importers around the world. These services include Export promotion, Customized export assistance, and a cost-share funding program.


Forward Food Solutions

Elise Forward

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Forward Food Solutions, LLC is a western Wisconsin based technical assistance company providing food safety and quality expertise to companies big and small, local and international.  Contact us for a personalized approach to your company and your specific needs.


Life's Pure Balance

Gene Wood

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Earth’s Natural Fruit and Vegetable Wash

A unique product designed to anchor your food quality and safety program! It cleans bio films, dirt, wax, pesticides, pathogens and anti-microbial wash residues off the surface of the produce. It can be used in addition to anti-microbial washes or as a stand-alone, leaving pristine flavors that are typically not experienced. You will also generate 3 to 4 days extended shelf life and crispier products, especially lettuce…..Stop by our booth for a live taste test!


Minnesota Farmers Union / Minnesota Cooks

Bruce Miller

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Minnesota Farmers Union is a statewide family farm organization working on cooperation, legislation and education. We stand up for agriculture and fight for family farmers.

Minnesota Cooks is an education and outreach program designed to demonstrate that locally grown food is a viable economic opportunity for some of Minnesota's family farmers, rural communities and restaurants.


Minnesota Grown

Brian Erickson

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The Minnesota Grown program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock.




Vivek Sharma

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Cloud-based traceability and inventory management software customized for small food companies. Use Quigistics to improve operations and achieve FSMA compliance at the same time. Quigistics has apps to support all your operations. From purchasing to production to sales, Quigistics does it all.  Use it on computers, tablets or smartphones. It also interfaces with QuickBooks and online stores.




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