Catalyst for Change: Featuring Frank Jackman

Monday, March 25, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ostrander auditorium- centennial Student Union- Minnesota State University, Mankato

Co-founder of Local Crate, Frank Jackman, an alumnus of the College of Business, started his marketing career in the food industry where he met executive-chef and business partner Mike Stalbaum.  As they discovered the meal kit trend on the rise, they launched Local Crate with a unique and fresh twist. 
Frank will be featured at our annual Richard Schmitz Food Entrepreneurship Series.  He will present in a TedTalk Style on how his company is creating a food revolution by providing consumers with local, fresh, high quality ingredients to help you eat healthier, less processed foods. This locally-sourced meal-delivery service provides fresh and seasonal meal kits. Another stand out feature is the Award-winning chefs that create an easy-to-make recipe.  All ingredients are locally sourced by our growing region, while reducing food and packaging waste. Local Crate is committed to connecting people to real food and providing a unique culinary experience. 



Frank is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Local Crate, a rapidly growing food company on a mission to become the first locally-driven food platform on a national scale. Inspired to deliver the freshest, most flavor-
filled ingredients possible, Frank’s vision is to connect home cooks with the best chefs, growers, and makers in each growing region.

Before co-founding Local Crate, Frank drove landscape-changing innovation with the Schwan’s Company and EXP Promotions. Frank has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Techstars alumni Local Crate delivers fresh, delicious, seasonal meal kits in partnership with award-winning chefs, local farmers, and passionate makers. Easy-to-make recipes and pre- portioned ingredients are sourced locally by growing region, reducing food and packaging waste by up to 80% versus the nationally delivered services. Additionally, Local Crate nourishes communities by giving back to hunger relief efforts. You can find Local Crate in-store or at your door. For more information, visit us at Good things come to those who Crate!


The Richard R. and Mary L. Schmitz Endowment for Opportunities in Food Entrepreneurship was founded in 1999. The fund creates scholarships and supports an annual lecture by industry experts in the category of food entrepreneurship. This includes executives within a broad range of food processing, retailing and wholesaling industries. Some recent lecturers include Dan & Angie Bastian (Angie’s Artisan Treats), Dave Rettig (Rembrandt Foods) and Glenn Stolt (Christensen Farms).

This lecture provides an opportunity for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business to engage the growing sector of Agri-business with our students, alumni, and friends in a format that educates the community about growing needs in the agriculture world.



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