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The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference (EOLFC 2013) provided a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, …

The Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference (EOLFC 2013) provided a great opportunity to share information, learn about success stories and gather information on innovative local food businesses, projects and best practices. The conference was organized by KEDCO (Kingston Economic Development Corporation) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs. The theme of the conference was Innovation Driving Local Food and it was held December 3, 2013 at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Franco Naccarato of the Greenbelt Foundation talks about their research into Regional Food Hubs in Ontario.

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  • 1. Food Hubs – Fuel For A Regional Food System Franco Naccarato Program Manager Greenbelt Fund @LocalFoodFranco 1
  • 2. Local Food: If you ask for it, It will come.
  • 3. Goals • Understand where Food Hubs fit in the food system • Learn about a few different Ontario models • Discover how Food Hubs can play a bigger role in developing a Regional Food System 3
  • 4. Foodservice Distribution
  • 5. Regional Hub Pilot Project
  • 6. Pros vs Cons Pros • Efficient • Less costly • Increased seasonality • Increased variety • Increased volume Cons • Prohibited access • Focused on Price • Loss of Freshness • Limits Diversity • Increased Food Safety Risk 6
  • 7. Distribution Models 8
  • 8. Existing Food Hubs • There are number of different models in the province – – – – Kawartha Ecological Growers 100 Mile Foodservice 100 KM Foods Wendy’s Mobile Market 9
  • 9. Hybrid Model • Fresh Start has operations in Milton, London, Ottawa • Each location can generate a list of “regional” partnerships • Also enables Fresh Start customers to access GFS’ larger local list including dairy, meat and processed foods 10
  • 10. Ontario Food Terminal Everybody wants one! • Niagara/Hamilton • SCOR • Simcoe • London • Stratford • Ottawa This was BEFORE there was funding. 11
  • 11. What the Research Shows • If you build it, will they come? In short, NO – Buyers have established networks that work, why would they change them? • Bricks and Motor costs outweigh the potential for profit. – Research suggests using/leveraging existing infrastructure 12
  • 12. Food Hub Grant Program • How do we encourage the development of food hubs, but prevent the “me too” syndrome? Find the Problem & Ask the Right Question • How do we help farmers increase access to market? 13
  • 13. The Answer • There is no one silver bullet. – Food hubs, terminals, co-operatives and processors all have a role to play • The Solution: – A more integrated distribution system, that is flexible and can accommodate small, medium and large producers. – A system that allows farmers to distinguish themselves on quality, methods of production and point of origin. 14
  • 14. Regional Food Hub Pilot • Supply Chain Logistics Support • Determine Operating Costs and Cost-Benefit of Value Added Services for Food Hubs • Create a Business Model • Conduct a Market Assessment • Analyze Pilot Results • Write a Case Study 15
  • 15. It works! 16
  • 16. Integrating Distribution 17
  • 17. Integrating Distribution 18
  • 18. Regional Food Distribution 19
  • 19. Learn More Twitter: #localfoodsolutions @LocalFoodFranco Find More Ontariofresh.ca Franco Naccarato Program Manager – Greenbelt Fund fnaccarato@greenbeltfund.ca