Local farms, fisheries and food processors interested in supplying University of Maine college campuses are invited to attend information expos in Portland and Orono in November on how to scale up production.

The one-day Scaling Up expos, to be held Nov. 1 and 3, are sponsored by food service giant Sodexo and the University of Maine. The events are intended to “help Maine-based farms, fisheries, and other businesses understand how they can extend their market reach,” according to a press release.

Maine’s local food advocates have pushed hard to get more Maine-grown food served in the schools’ dining halls. Earlier this year, the University of Maine System awarded its new dining service contract to Sodexo, citing in part the company’s commitment to source 25 to 30 percent of its food locally; previously, Aramark held the contract.

“We want people to walk out of the room informed on how to take the next step in selling to an institution like Sodexo or the University of Maine,” Maeve McInnis, director of The Maine Course by Sodexo is quoted as saying. The Maine Course is the name of the Sodexo initiative on local sourcing.

The Portland Scaling Up expo is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Abromson Center on the University of Souther Maine campus; the Orono expo is at the Wells Conference Center at the UMaine Orono campus; both events run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register or for more information, go to mainecoursebysodexo.com. Registration ends on Monday.

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