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Food Hub Resources

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Food hubs are the emerging infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, and distribution of local foods. Food hubs may consist of one or more warehouses that are centrally located within an agricultural community of producers and consumers. These spaces might include retail vending space, community kitchens, and processing space and equipment as well as warehousing, packaging, and transportation distribution facilities. Food hubs serving medium-sized local producers are becoming more common but are generally a relatively new phenomenon propelled by growing demand for local food.


Food Hub Overview (PDF)
University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
This is an overview and list of existing food hubs and planned food hub projects in Greater Minnesota outside of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.

Food Hub Collaboration
The Wallace Center, Winrock International
An overview of the Wallace Center's work to provide support for food hubs, including webinars, conference summaries, data, and other resources is available at this link.

State of the Food Hub - 2013 National Survey Results
The Wallace Center, Winrock International
This page provides 2013 data on food hub activities and their influence, information on food hub producers and customers, major barrier to growth faced by food hubs, and much more.

GROWN Locally: A Rural Food Hub in the Upper Midwest (484 K PDF)
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships — University of Minnesota Extension
A case study that analyses the challenges and successes of a growing rural food hub near Decorah, Iowa.

Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution
Agricultural Marketing Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This report profiles eight diverse operations to investigate the challenges and opportunities in marketing differentiated food products. The report looks at trends; how the concept of value chains applies to retail, nonprofit, producer, and consumer-driven models; and lessons learned on infrastructure, identity preservation, farmer coordination, and organization forms.

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
Agricultural Marketing Service — United States Department of Agriculture
This is a comprehensive consolidation of USDA's investigation into food hubs. It reviews the regional food hub concept, food hub impacts on regional food systems, their economic viability, barriers to growth, strategies to address barriers, and resources available to support development.

Sysco's Journey from Supply Chain to Value Chain
Wallace Center — Winrock International
This report summarizes a two-year program with Sysco Corporation to work with several of its regional operating units to transition to values-based supply chains. This report demonstrates how demand for local product can enable collaborations between local groups and distribution companies to work together to change the way we eat and grow.

Southern Wisconsin Food Hub: Feasibility Study
Dane County Planning and Development Department
This feasibility study analyzes the potential for a food hub in Dane County, Wisconsin. It includes considerations like regional supply and demand, grower practices, buyer requirements, ownership structure, and other necessary factors that affect a food hub. Also includes a market analysis, business analysis, and recommendations for business operations and structure. This could serve as a model for those interested in conducting their own food hub feasibility study.

Local Dirt
A national web-based marketplace that facilitates the connection between buyers and sellers of local food products. The platform can handle numerous varieties of both buyers (e.g., individuals, businesses, and distributors) as well as many kinds of sellers (e.g., small farms, cooperatives, and large farms).

A Practitioner's Guide to Resources and Publications on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains: A Literature Review
University of California — Davis
This report provides a summary overview reports, how-to manuals, and case studies of food hubs and values-based supply chains. The report identifies food hubs as a needed component in the local food system and addresses benefits and challenges to food hub operations and best practices.

A Review of Scholarly Literature on Values-Based Supply Chains
University of California — Davis
This is a review of published scholarly research on values-based supply chains (VBSCs). The paper explores themes of VBSCs that include descriptions, interactions with the mainstream food system, benefits and barriers, consumer preference, defining local, best practices, and roles of outside actors.

Food Hubs and Values Based Supply Chains: A Toolkit for California Farmers and Ranchers
University of California — Davis
This paper refines a definition of food hubs and values-based supply chains. It looks at existing food hubs in California and categorizes them by scale and ownership structure to provide a thorough understanding of various forms such an establishment might take.

An Annotated Bibliography of Publications and Resources on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains
University of California — Davis
This 18-page annotated bibliography provides summaries of dozens of published academic and non-scholarly reports and articles on food hubs and values-based supply chains.

Food Hub Center
National Good Food Network
This website provides access to several resources for food hubs. It also contains a large list and map of existing food hubs in the United States.

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