- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Star Caviar said low sales could compromise its community grants this year.

The Williston-based food supplier has given more than $2 million in community grants for the past two decades, the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/2ivJR3i ) reported. The grants support local nonprofits.

Wholesale buyers in Japan, which is North Star Caviar’s primary market, have yet to purchase their typical 1,200 pounds of the paddlefish roe. Without their main source of revenue, the company isn’t able to provide the funding to open grant applications until they can sell more product.

North Star Caviar spokeswoman Kelsey Brown said funding might become available this year if purchases increase over the next couple of months.

“Our retail product went well, but our wholesalers make up half of our sales,” she said.

Some buyers have tried to negotiate submitting larger orders in exchange for a price reduction. Williston Area Chamber of Commerce president Janna Lutz said the city has “quality product” and will not come down in price.

Last year, the company awarded $113,000 in grants to 12 nonprofits that fit historical, cultural, recreational or resource-related project guidelines. In 2015, $156,000 went to 23 organizations.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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