Maui County launches online ‘Marketplace’ to promote local products

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A new website is putting Maui County’s locally made food and products in the spotlight.

The Made in Maui County Marketplace website allows customers to learn more about and purchase goods from local businesses.

Items promoted as “Made in Maui County” must have at least 51 percent of their wholesale value added by manufacture, assembly, fabrication, or production in Maui County; although products may include source materials made and/or found in the State of Hawaii. Businesses must also be headquartered on the islands of Maui, Molokai or Lanai.

“The Marketplace serves as a one-stop, online shoppers resource for wholesale buyers and consumers seeking locally made products,” said Teena Rasmussen, Director of the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “Not only will visitors on this site discover a wide array of merchandise, but it also provides a directory for the public to connect with our local entrepreneurs throughout the year.”

Made in Maui County Marketplace is a digital, year-round expansion of the annual Made in Maui County Festival, which takes place Nov. 4 and 5 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. More than 140 product vendors will be in attendance, featuring food, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashion, and more.

The website was created by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in cooperation with the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for more information.

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