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November 22, 2010

Illinois Food Products Available Online This Holiday Season
Illinois Products Website is a “one-stop shop” for gift-giving needs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The perfect, food-related gift for family and friends this holiday season may be just a mouse click away. 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) maintains a website to promote products made by Illinois food companies.  About 200 companies currently are listed on the site, some of which offer special gift items and gift baskets.  Their products range from gourmet coffee and chocolate to fine wine and cheese.  
“I encourage holiday shoppers to visit our site,” Agriculture Director Tom Jennings said.  “Illinois food products make creative gift ideas and are a great way to demonstrate support for Illinois agriculture.” 

In addition to food, the website also includes items such as soy candles, beauty, health and wellness products and decorative items.

“The best part is that you can shop from the comfort of your home and have the products delivered wherever you choose,” Jennings added.  “It’s a simple and convenient way to do your holiday shopping.” 

To visit the website, go to www.agr.state.il.us and then click on the rectangular box on the right side of the page entitled “Purchase Illinois Products Gift Items Online.”

Consumers who are interested in Illinois food also might want to make plans to visit the Illinois Products Expo.  More than 80 Illinois food and wine companies provide samples of their products during the event, which will be held March 5-6 next year in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. 

For more information about the Illinois Products Expo, contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing and Promotion at (217) 524-3012 or send an e-mail to larry.aldag@illinois.gov.


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