Eolfc 2013 adam diamond american university - food hubs

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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, 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. Presentation by Adam Diamond of American University on Food Hubs and eight case studies of food hubs.

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Eolfc 2013 adam diamond american university - food hubs

  1. 1. Adam Diamond Adding Value and Values: Food Hubs as a Strategy for Connecting Producers and Consumers Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference Kingston, Ontario December 3, 2013
  2. 2. Defining Food Hubs “a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products, primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail and institutional demand,” United States Department of Agriculture
  3. 3. Lessons from the Field Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution (Diamond & Barham, 2012) Cooperatives Nonprofits • • • • • Red Tomato (MA) • Appalachian Harvest (VA) • Growers Collaborative/CAFF (CA) • Big River Farms/MFA (MN) La Montanita (NM) Oklahoma Food Coop New North Florida Coop Coop Partners Warehouse (MN)
  4. 4. Study Rationale  Demand for locally produced food is skyrocketing and presents excellent opportunities for small-scale producers to exploit. However, they still face a number of logistical and financial challenges that limit their ability to serve and profit from these emerging markets.  Small-scale producers are continually challenged by the lack of distribution systems that can effectively link producers to consumers within regions.
  5. 5. Study Objective  To find out how different kinds of alternative distribution models work and how effective they are in creating new market channels for small-scale producers
  6. 6. Emergent Themes Across Models I. Infrastructure investment needs to match needs. II. Identity preservation is essential, yet operates in myriad ways. III. Loose farmer networks can be effective at aggregating product and gaining position in the marketplace. IV. Different organizational forms create both opportunities and challenges.

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