Aggregation and Distribution

Activities

Wholesale Market Research Project

The beginning stages of a wholesale market research project, led by NOFA-VT in partnership with the Aggregation and Distribution Working Group, are underway. The project team, working with consultant Rosalie Wilson, hosted a farmer forum Thursday, March 7 to gather input and feedback related to wholesale market experiences, bottlenecks, and questions that they would like addressed through the research. Click to learn more!

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Take 5 Retail Training Videos Released

Take 5 is a series of 12 local food sourcing and merchandising training videos for Vermont retail stores to help increase local food sales. They are helpful for food producers to watch as well - in order to better understand the needs of retailers, and thus more effectively sell to them.

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Digging into and comparing recent research and data with Rose Wilson

The Working Group heard about and discussed several recent studies that have identified gaps in the supply and challenges to supply chains. Next steps included how to get key information out to stakeholders.

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Examining the Gaps: Product Demand Across Market Channels

The Aggregation & Distribution Working Group held panel on examining gaps in product demand across market channels at Rutland's Vermont Farmers Food Center.

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Food Safety Modernization Act Affect on Aggregators & Distributors

In our April 2016 meeting, we visited with Kristina Sweet from VAAFM, Hans Estrin from UVM Extension and Sophia Kruszewski, a policy specialist from the National Sustainable Agriculture Council. Each of these experts were asked about how FSMA might affect the 'middle' of the supply chain.

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Independent Grocers Phase 2 Report Released

A project team of the Supply & Demand task force recently completed a second phase of research on independent retailers and released a report on the findings.

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Independent Grocers Assessment Released

The Supply and Demand Task Force published a study of opportunities and barriers for selling local food at independent grocery stores in Vermont that analyzes survey results from 73 retail stores and in-depth local food assessments at six stores.

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Report on Scaling Up to Sell to Institutions Forum

The Farm to Institution Task Force produced a report titled Scaling up to Sell to Institutions Forum on an information and matchmaking exchange between producers/processor, TA providers, and Sodexo.

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"Local Food" Definition for Institutions

The definition of "local food" served in Vermont institutions was clarified.

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