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Province supports Buy Manitoba program

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

The Province of Manitoba recently announced buying locally grown and produced foods from Canada Safeway will become that much easier thanks to a new Buy Manitoba campaign administered by the Manitoba Food Processors Association (MFPA).

"When we purchase locally produced food we are providing more support to farm families, food processors, rural communities, and Manitoba's economic future, plus we get to understand exactly where our food is coming from," said Premier Greg Selinger in a press release. "We are pleased to work with our partners to make it easier for families to add more Manitoba products to their dinner tables."

The program will see new Buy Manitoba signage and shelf markers be installed in all of the Safeway stores across Manitoba; the Province expects the program will expand to other grocery stores in the future.

Here in Portage la Prairie Portagers should have little problem finding local products. Many of the stores in town support locally grown food: Portage Supermarket buys from Safeway Wholesale, Sobeys has promoted Manitoba grown foods for years, while Panko's Food Centre buys from Peak of the Market in Winnipeg.

Michael Panko said that buying locally grown foods is something that is important to his organization.

"We buy as much local produce as we can possibly get our hands on and we promote as much Western Canadian local beef as we can possibly push," said Panko. "We do everything we possibly can to support our community - those are the people that are keeping us in business so we try to return the favour."

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