LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Made In Oklahoma Coalition was formed by seven companies in 2000 with the goal of educating our fellow Oklahomans on food products made in the Sooner state. Through cooperative funding, MIO now has promotional activity with every major food retailer in Oklahoma. Hundreds of restaurants across the state now proudly proclaim that they are MIO restaurants and serve products made in Oklahoma.
In nineteen years, the MIO Coalition has grown to include over seventy member companies that employ over 65,000 employees and generate over $4.2 billion in annual sales. For the past three years, we have held a MIO Expo for retail, wholesale, and foodservice customers to showcase products Made In Oklahoma. The event has become well attended and supported by all our stakeholders. At the Expo we announce “MIO Restaurant of the Year’, awarded to a restaurant that has shown exceptional support for MIO products.
As we approach the twentieth anniversary of our organization, the coalition leadership recognizes that without the continued support of the member companies, the state legislature, retailers, distributors and restaurants, we would not be where we are today. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” The MIO’s success can be attributed to our ability to not only come together and stay together, but to continue to work together.
I count it as a great honor and privilege to serve as MIO president. I appreciate all our member companies and the other board members who sacrifice so much of their time to make our organization successful.
Good for you, Good for Oklahoma!
Clements Foods Company