Research report: Coordinating intermediaries and scaling up local and regional food systems: An organizational species approach to understanding the roles of food hubs

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Abstract

Food hubs are one strategy identified for scaling up local and regional food systems. They act as coordinating intermediaries, aggregating, assorting, distributing, and transforming source-identified food products in short food supply chains. As a newly emergent form, the population of these organizations is characterized by heterogeneity. New taxonomic work aims to classify these organizations using an organizational species concept. This report extends that, identifying the roles different food hub species play within distribution channels, especially those which are likely to increase scale. Results indicate that there may be a trade-off between scaling up and behaviors enacting a “commitment to place.”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-42
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Food Distribution Research
Volume51
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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