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IL ag dept pushes "Illinois Product" logo

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:48:32 CDT
By: IPR's Brian Mackey

IL ag dept pushes State officials are asking consumers to support local food producers by looking for the new "llinois Product" logo in stores.   The Illinois Department of Agriculture program will allow Illinois food processors to put stickers on their products. It'll also give shelf space at participating stores. Doug McCain has a sweet barbecue sauce. He started out making it in five-gallon buckets, now he's selling in about 60 stores in central Illinois. He says the focus on Illinois products is helpful:

   

"This give a chance for a small person to get their product out onto the supermarket that, you know, Kraft and everybody takes over with."

State agriculture officials are asking people to take what they're calling the "Buy Illinois Challenge," spend $10 dollars a week on products made in-state.

   

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