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Made in Montana Monthly

July 2021

If it's produced in Montana, it's produced with pride.

Gastro Gnome owner Shannon Waters

What it means to be Made in Montana 

What does the Made in Montana logo mean?  It's more than a brand; it signifies a product is made or grown here with pride, a badge of honor for the producer, and stands for quality. Made in Montana has three brand pillars:

  •  A Cut Above
  • Montana through and through
  • Here by Choice

Gastro Gnome owner and head chef Shannon Waters shared with us what it means to be Made in Montana, including why she chose Montana as the location for her business and why it's so important to her to source and manufacture her product in Montana.  

Read more from our guest author Shannon Waters, on the Made in Montana blog.

Photo: Shannon Waters in the Gastro Gnome kitchen, Photo Credit: Justin Smith

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Prairie Unique - Retailer of the Year

Nominate a 2021 Made in Montana Retailer of the Year

This award recognizes a Made in Montana retailer who consistently and enthusiastically supports Montana producers.

If you know or work with someone that fits the description, this is your chance to nominate them to be honored as the 2021 Made in Montana Retailer of the Year. The award will be presented at the 2021 Made in Montana Tradeshow Friday, September 10, 2021.

Past winners include Leslie’s Hallmark Montana Shop, Chalet Market, Sage & Oats Trading Post, and Prairie Unique.

Nominate a business for Retailer of the Year

Nominations due by August 4

Photo: Dave and Kathy Galland, owners, Prairie Unique, 2020 Retailer of the Year

Save the Date: The 2022 Made in Montana Tradeshow is scheduled for March 11 and 12 in Helena.  Exhibitor applications for the 2022 show will be available in late October.

Make your "Contact" page stand out

Five ways you can design your company's information page for effective communication with your customers.

1. Layout - be intentional with the information you want customers to see.

2. Brand - remind customers with well-branded colors and font.

3. Information - do you have the must-have elements?

4. Response Expectations - when can a customer expect a response?

5. Mobile - Are your pages mobile and tablet friendly?

Excerpted from 5 Best Practices for Designing Your Website's Information Page by Peter Roesler Inc.

Montana Beverage Show

Montana Beverage Show 

Hosted by the Montana Department of Agriculture. 

Monday, August 23 from noon to 6pm at the Delta Hotels Helena Colonial, Helena.

Open to all Montana beverage companies.  Exhibitor Registration open until August 4, 2021.

After several years of hosting the Montana Food Show, it became clear that Montana beverages require a show of their own – especially Montana wine, cider, craft beer, and spirits. This show will highlight those beverages along with many other teas, juices, mixers, and coffees.

Montana Food Show

Montana Food Show

Hosted by the Montana Department of Agriculture

October 25 in Missoula at the Hilton Garden Inn.  This is a one day, wholesale food show connecting Montana food producers with buyers representing grocery, catering, hotels, distributing, and restaurant markets. 

Vendor registration open through September 29.

Let’s get more Montana foods on Montana plates!