Developing Regional Food Hubs in Central Florida

John Rife

Abstract


This paper provides a survey of organizations, businesses, and initiatives engaged in building capacity for Central Florida’s localized food system by developing regional food hubs. Regional food hubs aggregate food system services like procurement, processing, distribution, warehousing, marketing, and retailing of localized and source-identified food products. The results of the survey show that, while no single entity vertically integrates all of these services, the handful of existing initiatives in Central Florida are nonetheless building noticeable capacity for the region’s sourceidentified food products.


Keywords


source identified, localized, food system

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283