Release Date: 01-27-2012
PORTLAND, Ore – Online wholesale food market FoodHub has been named a finalist for the Google-sponsored Interaction Award, a prestigious international design award for outstanding digital works that embody and improve meaningful relationships between people and the products and services they use. FoodHub, in the company of other big-name innovators like Nike and Nokia, is a finalist for the “Connecting” category, one of six categories in which 35 awardees will be named.
“I’m thrilled that FoodHub has been named a finalist in this very competitive field and appreciate the pragmatic creativity of our partners at ISITE Design,” said Amanda Obourne FoodHub’s director. “As the only finalist from the local food sector, I’m proud that this designation also reflects FoodHub’s growing success as a connector in the local food community.”
The Interaction Awards’ People’s Choice voting is now open in an online gallery at http://awards.ixda.org/vote. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Interaction Awards Celebration on Friday, February 3rd, at Interaction12 in Dublin.
As a project of the nonprofit Ecotrust, FoodHub’s mission is to help build regional food economies. FoodHub now has 3,100 members from California to Alaska and has been compared to Facebook, match.com and Craigslist for its ability to help wholesale food buyers find local product and connect with local producers. The site was named one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food by FastCompany in 2011.
Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $500 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding the world’s first environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children’s health, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it honors and supports the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership in its work. Learn more at www.ecotrust.org
About FoodHub – www.food-hub.org
Launched in 2010, FoodHub is a project of Ecotrust. The tool was developed with private foundation, nonprofit and government resources, and intended for broad use throughout the food and agricultural communities. It’s more than 3,100 members include farmers, ranchers, dairies, fishermen, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and chefs to connect and create a robust regional food economy.