The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing

USDA Report on Food Hubs 2013The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a report titled The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing. With an increasing demand for fresh, local, foods, the report finds that the success of food hubs is rapidly expanding, with well over 200 food hubs now operating in the United States. They are a part of a distribution system designed to move locally produced food into mainstream markets by supplying chains for goods to go from farms to the table efficiently.

The 54-page report, released in January 2013, contains the following sections:

  • Food Hubs: Issues and Opportunities
  • The Business Structure of Food Hubs
  • Virtual Food Hubs
  • Varying Functions of Food Hubs
  • Information Sharing and Reducing Risks
  • Constraints on Food Hubs
  • Regulatory Environment for Food Hubs
  • Roadmap for Food Hub Development

Read the USDA report

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