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Mere weeks after a successful, first-of-its-kind Michigan Foods Fair at its Union Lake store, Hiller’s will host two simultaneous two-day Michigan food fairs May 2 and May 3 at its Ann Arbor and Commerce Township, Mich., locations.
The events follow months of featuring Michigan companies in Hiller’s biweekly circular, which launched a collaborative “Hometown First” program with locally owned businesses that has more than tripled in scope since its introduction.
Both stores will be packed with more than 30 vendors apiece hawking Michigan products -- from flatbread to cereal to milk to meat to cleaning supplies. Consumers will have the opportunity to interact with over 60 home-state brands across the two days at both stores.
“Buying and selling Michigan products boosts the local economy,” said Jim Hiller, CEO of the Southfield, Mich.-based grocer. “That helps our state economy and the families who live here.”
Long committed to showcasing locally made, grown and produced food items, Hiller has also mentored many local food entrepreneurs. “With so many jobs lost and the economy spiraling, I want to do what I can to support entrepreneurs,” he said. “All of us are feeling the pangs of this troubled economic time, and only by working together to highlight the extremely full landscape of Michigan talents will we make it through.”
Added Hiller, “We cannot buy all our foods locally -- but anything we can do to support other Michigan businesses makes a difference.”
Hiller’s stores are located in Ann Arbor, Berkley, West Bloomfield, Northville, Plymouth, Commerce Township, and Union Lake, where a5 2,000-square-foot store recently opened.