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Distribution and aggregation is the stage of the food supply chain where food products are gathered and moved to their distribution point. This page links to distribution & aggregation information and resources for farmers, distributors, and retailers working in the food and agriculture supply chain.

On This Page

Cooperative Business Models
Food Hubs
Local Food Distributors
Postharvest & Food Safety
National Resources

Cooperative Business Models

  • Cooperative Business Models: This webpage provides information on what cooperatives are, types of cooperatives, how to form one, and more.

Food Hubs

  • Food Hubs: This webpage houses resources related to food hubs. Find guides, curriculum, publications and more from NC and national sources.

Local Food Distributors

  • NC Local Food Infrastructure Inventory: A mapped inventory of businesses that serve as intermediary steps in local food supply chains. This includes fresh produce wholesalers, distributors, food hubs, value-added processors, multi-farm CSAs, community kitchens, incubator farms, and cold storage locations.

Postharvest & Food Safety

  • Postharvest Resources: Includes Extension publications on cooling and handling of various commodities, information on various cooling technologies, and links to other post-harvest publications.
  • Food Safety: The NC Fresh Produce Safety Portal offers industry fresh produce safety guidelines.
  • Resource and Waste Recovery: This webpage lists the steps on how to curb your waste from most to least preferred.

National Resources

  • Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution:
    “This report examines the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of eight diverse food value chains to glean practical lessons about how they operate, the challenges they face, and how they take advantage of emerging opportunities for marketing differentiated food products.” Adam Diamond and James Barham, USDA/AMS, March 2012.
  • Networking Across the Supply Chain: Transportation Innovations in Local and Regional Food Systems: Summary of the Networking Across the Supply Chain (NASC) conference that “served as the venue to accomplish the objectives of fostering information exchange, networking, and collaboration between the participants of the food supply chain. This report presents the conference overview with its key themes and findings as well as emergent strategies and innovative solutions to help bring regional food to regional markets.”