Tanana Valley Meat Ships Alaska Grown Meat to Grocery Store in Haines Using TEDSBox(Anchorage, AK) – On January 19th Tanana Valley Meats (TVM) shipped four sides of Alaska Grown (AKG) beef and pork, using a temperature controlled container (TEDSBox), to Haines. Due to limited shipping options, Alaska Meat & Grocery (AMG) had never before purchased local meat. With the availability of the TEDSBox, they were able to purchase fresh local meat for their consumers, a rarity in the southeast. Most consumer goods arrive via Juneau from the Lower 48 and few – if any perishable AKG goods are shipped to Southeast Alaska. Demand in Southeast for local product is high, but limited because refrigerated trucks do not travel south from the agricultural production areas of the state. Having local meat with no hormones or antibiotics, when previously only outside meat was available, was a treat for Haines residents. The Division of Agriculture assisted in the shipment, making connections between AMG & TVM, and finding a company who ships to Haines. TEDSBox loaded the meat in their temperature controlled container, and Ken Hall with Lynden, arranged for shipment of the product to AMG in Haines, AK. The ability for AMG to meet high demand for local product is a prime example that other remote locations can mimic. Often remote areas desire local products, but have a difficult time obtaining them, especially in a desirable condition. Local demand for AKG and the ability to use the temperature controlled container provided AMG with the ability to meet that demand. We hope other remote locations will mimic this shipment, and join AMG in supporting Alaska Grown.
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