Food Connects is excited to welcome Beth Lewand to their team as their Food Hub Sales Associate.
Beth joins the team with over 10 years of experience in the food industry. Most recently she was the Operations Manager at Cricket Creek Farm, a grass-based dairy and artisanal cheese producer in Williamstown, MA. Previously, she and her husband Chris founded, owned, and operated Eastern District, a food shop specializing in craft beer and artisanal cheese, in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
“I think my experience as both a producer and a buyer will give me a greater understanding of our partners' needs, and hopefully help me to help them succeed,” says Beth. “I love the fact that this is a nonprofit food hub, rather than a traditional distributor, and that education and other community efforts are prioritized.”
Beth’s passion for local food and drive to increase its impact will help propel Food Connects into the future. As a rapidly growing organization, it is important to continue to diversify products and increase the number of local producers and customers they work with. Beth’s experience will help bring on new customers and partners, offer more local products, and expand the network that Food Connects is a part of.
“We’re all really happy and lucky to have Beth on board at Food Connects,” says Alex McCullough, Food Hub Manager. “As the owner of her own specialty foods shop in Brooklyn, she spent a long time in the position of “customer”, and so has an impressive intuition for what customers want and need from a distributor. Food Connects is still striving to make each week and each month better than the last, and I think that with Beth we’re in a better place than ever to do that.”