The Made in Oklahoma Coalition launched its free MIO app last week, giving subscribers listings of products, restaurants and recipes exclusively Oklahoma made. It also allows users to share what they find on his or her social media account, such as Facebook and Twitter.
“The MIO iPhone app will make it much easier for Oklahomans to support local companies, products and restaurants,” said the coalition's Market Development Coordinator Sharra Martin. “We also hope the app will increase awareness of and support for MIO on social media channels.”
Users can set his or her location on the phone and find the closest MIO restaurants. The recipe section shows detailed pictures of the food that includes MIO products.
Oklahoma Chef Robert Black with A Good Egg Dining Group helped create the app that he says will benefit local vendors.
“Restaurants depend so much on the support of the community,” he said. “This app will make it easier for Oklahomans to find restaurants that serve dishes made from local products.”
MIO coalition was founded in March 2000 when a group of Oklahoma food manufacturers gathered to discuss ideas that would increase the sales of their locally made products.
According to the MIO Coalition, by 2010 it represented more than 30 food and agriculture manufacturers that employed more than 20,000 Oklahomans, and payroll exceeded $700 million.