Distribution & Aggregation
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This page links to distribution & aggregation information and resources for farmers, distributors, and retailers working in in the food and agriculture supply chain.
- Cooperative business models
- Food Hubs
- Food Safety – The N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Portal offers industry fresh produce safety guidelines.
- Reducing Food Waste – see Resource and Waste Recovery
North Carolina Resources
- NC Local Food Infrastructure Inventory
A mapped inventory of businesses that serve as intermediary steps in local food supply chains. This includes fresh produce wholesaler/ distributors, food hubs, value-added processors, multi-farm CSA’s, community kitchens, incubator farms, and cold storage locations.
- Postharvest Resources
Includes Extension publications on cooling and handling of various commodities, information on various cooling technologies, and links to other post-harvest publications.
- 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.”