New Survey Shows Food Hubs Poised for Further Growth
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International released the results of their 2013 National Food Hub Survey.
Earlier this week, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, both NSAC participating member groups, released the results of their 2013 National Food Hub Survey. A follow-up to an initial survey in 2011 of 45 food hubs by the National Good Food Network’s Food Hub Collaboration, this latest survey contains more detailed information on the structure and operations of food hubs based on 107 respondents from around the country.
According to the USDA, “a regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers.” They’ve become a major focus of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative as a promising way to help small and mid-sized family farms access larger markets such as grocery stores and institutional buyers. By aggregating and distributing produce from a number of local farms, food hubs are better able to provide scale-appropriate services on both ends of the transaction, thus providing producers with increased market access and consumers with increased access to local food.