State Department of Agriculture Program: Maryland
Early agricultural interests in Maryland were represented by the Board of Agriculture under auspices of the University of Maryland. In 1972, the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation establishing the Maryland Department of Agriculture on the basis of agriculture’s growing importance and impact to the economy of the state. A year later, the Maryland Department of Agriculture became a full fledged part of state operations.
Maryland’s Best: Introduced in 2001, the Maryland’s Best logo was created to provide a visual reference for consumers to identify agricultural products as grown in Maryland.
Register to use the Maryland’s Best logo on your products, containers, marketing materials and more. Consumers recognize the Maryland’s Best logo and prefer to purchase locally grown products that feature the logo.
Core Customers: Retail
Maryland is home to a number of important retail and food service customers who are ideal to look at for distribution. These include Shoe City, Kimmel Auto Parts, Brick Bodies Gyms, Sutton Place Gourmet, Giant Foods, Mars Super Markets, Shopper’s Food, Super Fresh, DPI, George Falter, Haddon House, Annapolis Party, Boaters World, Sunny’s Outdoor Stores, Stuckey’s, On Campus Marketing, Games Workshop, Jack and Jill Ice Cream, RC Theatres, Whole Foods, Harvest Co-op Markets, Murry’s, Dollar City, My Organic Markets, Total Wine and More, David’s Natural Markets, Silver Diner, Canteen, Coakley and Williams Hotel Mgmt, Hospitality Partners, LaSalle Hotels, HMS Host, Diamondrock Hospitality, Host Hotels, Marriott, Chicken Out Rotisserie, Jerry’s Subs, Glory Days, Sunburst Hospitality, Maggie Moo’s, Boardwalk Fries, Lee’s Ice Cream, Wings To Go, Pizza Boli’s, Ledo Pizza, Roy Rogers, Sodexo, etc