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In this issue: Mercaris Announces New Partnership with Mintec; Meet Alex Heilman, New Team Member
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New Partnership With London-based Data Firm, Mintec

Mercaris is excited to announce our new partnership with Mintec. Mintec is a British family-owned data firm with headquarters located near London. Since its founding in 1982, Mintec has been at the forefront of providing innovative data solutions to support food and agricultural supply chains at the operational and strategic level. Leading suppliers, retailers, manufacturers and food service companies across the globe benefit from the statistical information and insightful market analysis that Mintec provides.

By partnering with Mintec, we complement and enhance the set of services they currently offer with information on organic and non-GMO markets. It also enables us to extend our reach to organizations in Europe and Asia.  Our new reports include comprehensive analysis of prices, Mercaris acreage estimates for organic grain crops, underlying economic factors driving supply and demand, and regulatory analysis, amongst other things.

For more information, or to access these reports please contact us by email or phone at (312)­ 423-1879.

Meet Alex Heilman, Sales Associate at Mercaris

This month Mercaris welcomes Alex Heilman on board. Alex joins us as our Sales Associate. He will be reaching out to a range of organizations, from farms to financial firms, about their needs for better market data and on­line trading as a way to source or sell their grain. Alex joins us from Miller Milling, and will be located at our Minneapolis offices. You can read more about Alex’s background here.

Would you like to know more about Alex and how he can help your organization understand and work smarter in the organic and non ­GMO sectors? Read on!

What is most exciting to you about the IP supply chain?  What is most challenging?

It's really exciting to watch the booming growth of the IP supply chain. This is something we are going to continue to see. Consumers are really starting to drive these markets through ‘clean label’ demands, and as a result, we are seeing more companies digging deeper into the supply chain and reevaluating their sustainability metrics.

The most challenging component is going to be keeping up with demand, whether it's procurement teams struggling to contract acres and set forward contracts, farmers facing the challenge of transitioning acres from conventional to organic, or companies rethinking their infrastructure investments to handle IP crop or ingredients. The way to meet all of these challenges is through proper planning.

How do you work with companies (or farms, or analysts) who are interested in Mercaris?

I like to work with with companies by learning about their operations, and understanding their individual challenges and needs. I truly believe in building trusting relationships. I really enjoy speaking with companies and individuals and hearing about their needs, and developing measurable solutions. I think it’s important to set realistic goals, and work towards obtaining them. I like to help companies map out their strategy, monitor the market, forge partnerships and build their business.

What’s one surprising thing about you?

I once hosted a weekly morning radio show in Minneapolis. Of course it was college radio, but I remember thinking I was pretty cool at the time, even though it was a Saturday morning time slot.  

What are your hobbies?

Cheese, traveling, and following the food and design scene. In a former life, I was a professional chef, and still really enjoy actively following food and agricultural news.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Going to the farmers market early in the day, and leisurely reading. I also like exploring new restaurants, and taking day trips throughout the Upper Midwest.

If you’d like to see how Mercaris can help solve your procurement, supply chain or market data needs for organic or non­-GMO grains, or just say "hello," feel free to contact Alex by email or give him a call at (312)­ 423­-1879.

November Auction Results

Mercaris hosted its third auction for transitional organic grain on November 19.

10,000 bushels of transitional organic corn in the Mid-Atlantic were sold, with the auction settling approximately 8% above the local cash market price.

For more information, please email Lizzie Ekeberg or call her at 651-402-4210.

Upcoming Events

We’ll be attending the following conferences and events. 

Dec. 9-11
ACRES Farm Conference
Pittsburgh, PA


Mercaris is growing!  We're hiring a Director of Business Development. 

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