National Food Hub Survey

Food hubs are businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products.  In early 2013, CRFS and the Wallace Center at Winrock International conducted the National Food Hub Survey to identify economic growth trends for food hubs across the nation and monitor changes in services offered and the variety of customers served.

Researchers also sought to:

  1. Help shape national understanding of food hubs and informing future policy and program initiatives
  2. Gain greater exposure for food hubs nationally
  3. Inform new potential relationships between food hubs and investors, grant makers and other food hubs looking to find success. 

The recent survey results from more than 100 food hubs demonstrate that hubs throughout the United States continue to develop as financially viable businesses providing locally produced food to restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other wholesale customers. Food hubs may also provide much needed size-appropriate infrastructure and marketing opportunities for local food produced by small and midsized farms and ranches.

For more information on this survey project, contact Rich Pirog at CRFS or Jeff Farbman at the Wallace Center at Winrock International. 



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