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Introducing Lizzie Ekeberg


This month Mercaris welcomes our newest team member, Lizzie Ekeberg. Lizzie is our Director of Market Operations and will be heading up our online auctions platform. Lizzie has nearly ten years of experience within the commodity trading field, from her start buying soybeans for Cargill to her most recent position at Miller Milling Company in flour sales. You can read more about her in the interview below and on our website.

What drew you to your current role at Mercaris?

I got my start working for Cargill and during my time there I was involved in the non-GMO and specialty soybean markets. That experience stuck with me, and like most consumers I have been watching the growth of organic and non-GMO products in our everyday foods. In my new role at Mercaris, I won’t be trading myself but I’ll be enabling others to find, source, buy, and sell in markets characterized by tight supplies, rising demand, or little information. Our goal is to increase liquidity so that people know they can get business done quickly and easily on our trading platform. I am passionate about building long-term relationships with people so having the opportunity to combine that with a company like Mercaris who is committed to being an information source and trading mechanism in the non-GMO and organic fields was beyond exciting.

What opportunities do you see for the specialty agriculture sector?

I think we have seen an amazing shift in the food industry, driven by consumers who are demanding to know where their food is coming from and how it is being grown. Food companies, grocery stores, and restaurants are responding to this trend in a big way and taking pride in the fact that they can label their products as organic or non-GMO. What once may have been considered a fad has become a tangible part of the food industry and I think that the opportunities are huge for the farmer that is able to participate and the companies that are willing to take the extra steps to make it part of their business.  As a result of today’s technology, global consumers are becoming more interconnected than they have ever been and I only see that growing in the years to come as they continue to demand more information, cleaner labels, and sustainability.

What else should we know about you?

Outside of work, my biggest passion is fitness and I spend as much free time being active as I can. On any given day you will find me running, cycling, practicing yoga, attending boot camp, or lifting weights with a trainer. There is no better feeling than completing a tough workout I am fortunate to live in Minneapolis MN near numerous running and cycling trails. And yes, in case you were wondering the winters here are as bad as they say, but nothing that some good thermal gear can’t handle!

If you are interested in holding or participating in an online auction through Mercaris, please reach out to me for more information or to get started. I strongly believe that the price discovery that is brought about through our online auctions will be extremely beneficial to your business and to the organic/non-GMO industry as a whole. You can contact me via email or via
phone at (651) 402-4210. I look forward to speaking with you and getting to know more about your business.

Upcoming Auctions


Organic Soybeans, June 2015 delivery

Organic soybean supplies are tight!  On May 20 we will be hosting an auction for 2014 crop year, feed grade soybeans.  

Contact Lizzie Ekeberg for details.
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