Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Food System Plan Market Brief: Distribution
Distribution encompasses how Vermont farms and food manufacturers get products to consumers in the state and region. Without a robust and efficient distribution system that provides cost-effective options to get their products to market, Vermont farmers and food businesses will struggle to compete and capitalize on consumer demand for Vermont food. Consolidation in the distribution industry and resulting price pressures has created unfavorable financial terms for smaller producers and restricted their access to wholesale markets. This is happening as consumers are increasingly seeking source-identified products that are perceived to provide transparency, food safety, and positive community impact. More direct investment is needed for distribution infrastructure, technology, and technical assistance to introduce system efficiencies and make wholesale and regional markets accessible and viable for Vermont farmers and food producers.