value chain

Matchmakers pull local food sector together

April 30, 2015
Regional farm bounty sold by food hub Red Tomato and delivered by partner Ginsberg's Foods. (Credit: Red Tomato)

She is executive director of Red Tomato, a local food venture. He is vice president of Ginsberg’s Foods, the last independent food distributor in upstate New York’s capital region. The guy in the middle is Todd Erling, executive director of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). He’s trying to connect soaring demand for local foods with his upstate New York region’s bounty.

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Local demand re-shaping market links from farmer to consumer

November 4, 2011
Van Buren County blueberry grower Pedro Bautista is one of the founders of the new Farmers on the Move cooperative and brand. Photo credit: Patty Cantrell

Consumer demand for new taste, transparency, and trust in their food is in fact spurring a new business model – a food value chain —that some entrepreneurs are embracing.

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Food innovation districts work

November 4, 2011
Food innovation districts work

It’s widely understood in economic development circles that if you want new entrepreneurs to start up and grow, a good strategy is to bring them together and let the creativity roll. A good example is People’s Pierogi Collective, which grew in one year from a startup hot food cart at Detroit’s Eastern Market to contract […]

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