Bristol Food Hub
To create a distribution centre for local producers from in and around Bristol, to give an easier route into Bristol markets. At the moment, small-scale producers handle their own individual distribution of their own products. By pooling produce via a hub, this shares the distribution costs and makes it easier for local shops, restaurants & cafes to "one-stop-shop" from a range of local suppliers. The Hub could also become a food business "incubator", incorporating time-share commercial kitchens so people can test-the-water with a business idea or product, without the need for substantial start-up investment.
Why the contribution is important
If we are to relocalise our food supply in Bristol - which is a good thing in terms of food security and in de-carbonising supply chains - then we need to help support local growers and producers in getting routes into the Bristol market. We can help with a physical hub, which at its most basic, is a warehouse and collection-point for local produce coming into Bristol. However, the Hub could be much more than that - it could provide guarantees about fair treatment for growers, incorporating codes of conduct about how we trade with each other.
by user721621 on December 13, 2013 at 07:43PM