Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide, V. 2

Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide, V. 2
Title:
Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide, V. 2
Format:
Paperback
USA Price: 
Stock:
Low stock
GPO Stock Number:
001-000-04766-3
ISBN:
9780160929847
Description

This report is part of a multi-volume technical report series entitled Running a Food Hub, with this guide serving as a companion piece to other United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports by providing in-depth guidance on starting and running a food hub enterprise.

In order to compile the most current information on best management and operations practices, the authors used published information on food hubs, surveyed numerous operating food hubs, and pulled from their existing experience and knowledge of working directly with food hubs across the country as an agricultural business consulting firm.

The report’s main focus is on the operational issues faced by food hubs, including choosing an organizational structure, choosing a location, deciding on infrastructure and equipment, logistics and transportation, human resources, and risks. The guide explores the different decision points associated with the organizational steps for starting and implementing a food hub. For some sections, sidebars provide “decision points,” which food hub managers will need to consult to make key operational decisions.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

4   R U N N I N G  A   F O O D  H U B
7 Introduction
8 Food Hub Definition and Functions
9  Figure 1: Regional Food Hub Services
10 Food Hub Classifications
10  Food Hub Tax Designation
12  Food Hub Legal Structure
19  Food Hub Operational Models
25  Food Hub Challenges
33 Food Hub Operations
27  Location
28  Infrastructure
31  Equipment
39  Human Resources
40  Labor Roles
43  Labor Positions
48 Marketing
48  Choosing a Sales Focus
48  Promotion
51 Producers and Suppliers
53 Products, Packaging, and Services
53  Products
55  Packaging and Labeling
57  Services
59 Risks
62 Additional Considerations
62  Business Transition and Succession
64  Business Closure and Exit Strategy
65 Conclusion
66 Appendix A: Sample Staff Descriptions/Qualifications
67  General Manager
68  Production Manager
69  Warehouse Manager
70  Marketing/Sales Manager
71 Appendix B: Sample Equipment List
74 Appendix C: Sample Questions for Software Selection
75 Appendix D: Business Structure Comparison
A P P E N D I X E S

Audience

This illustrated guide can assist the operational staff at small businesses or third-party organizations that provide aggregation, marketing, and distribution services from local and regional producers to assist with wholesale, retail, and institution demand at government institutions, colleges/universities, restaurants, grocery store chains, etc.  Undergraduate students pursuing coursework for a bachelor of science degree in food science or agricultural economics may be interested in this guide. Additionally, this reference work will be helpful to small businesses within the food trade.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$11.00
International Price:
$15.40
Publisher:
Agriculture Dept.
Notes:
GPO does not sell V. 1.
Key Phrases:
  • Food Industry
  • Food Hub
Weight:
0.375
Quantity Price:
Discount
Cover:
Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Item available Date:
08/13/2015
Last Status Update:
02/07/2018
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