Bon Appetit Management Co. has announced that its purchases from local farmers and artisans reached $55 million in 2006, accounting for 30% of its total food purchasing expenditures for the year. In 2005, the company’s local purchases totalled $30 million. The continued increases in local purchases originate from the company’s Farm to Fork program, which stipulates that a minimum of 20% of purchases in all of its 400 locations come from local farmers or artisan producers, "local" being ...

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