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1 ACEnet Food Ventures Center

2 Appalachian Center for Economic Networks The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks is a regional entrepreneurship and economic development organization (501c3) located in Athens, Ohio. ACEnet builds the capacity of communities to network, work together and innovate to create a dynamic, sustainable regional economy with opportunities for all.

3 Where We Work Rolling foothills

4 Where We Work Small towns

5 Where We Work Primary Service Area Appalachia Counties Clients also come from other parts of Ohio and adjacent states

6 ACEnet Strategies 1. Training & technical assistance 2. Business incubation & infrastructure development 3. Access to capital services, partnerships & referrals 4. Capacity building through product innovation, branding & adoption of technology

7 Food Sector Development

8 At the crossroads of local food economies EnvironmentalSustainability Food Security for All New Economic Opportunities

9 Farms & Foodways Food & farm microenterprises are part of our heritage

10 Long Tradition of Markets Athens Farmers Market over 37 years old

11 Nurturing Food & Farm Entrepreneurs Reinventing Local Infrastructure & Systems Enhancing Food Security Local Food Movement Partners …cycling towards a local food economy

12 Reinventing Local Infrastructure … Market Programs Distribution 1. Regional brands 1. Central warehouses 2. Local brokers2. Produce auctions 3. Online marketing3. Expand farmers market 4. Market pavilions/sheds Production & Processing 1. Farm incubators 2. Expansion of shared-use processing facilities: produce, meat, dairy, bakery 3. Co-packing businesses emerge 4. Policy & regulatory obstacles alleviated for smaller scale producers

13 Design Issues Operational use Licensing Equipment needs Management/staffing capacity Shared-use Commercial Kitchen Facility

14 Timeline Highlights Raise funding for facility 1993-onDevelop services & programming for food & farm entrepreneurs 1995 Close on property – begin renovation 1996 Open FV Center April Start raising funds for expansion 2000 Facility expansion complete 2004Seafood HACCP & ODA Meat license Funding Partners USDA – Rural Development EDA – Dept of Commerce Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Local Bank Loans

15 Facility Specs · 12,000 sq ft shared manufacturing facility · 10 offices · 3 loading docks · Shipping and receiving · Conference and training room · Retail space · Storage for dry, refrigerated & frozen goods · Reception, fax, copier, computers

16 Processing & Distribution Approximately 85 tenants in Food Ventures --farmers, specialty food & foodservice businesses

17 Bakery operations Thermal processing Foodservice Frozen food Dry packaging Pasta production ODA meat license Seafood processing Warehousing Types of Operations & Licenses Processing Operations

18 12 Convection OvensDough Roller / Bread Slicer 2 Proofers 5 Larger Capacity Mixers

19 185 gallon cooking capacity 250 gallon pre-mix vat Semi-automated Production Pulper-Finisher Vertical Chopper/Mixer

20 Chams Lebanese Cuisine At ACEnet Her Own Restaurant

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22 Facility Rates & Leases Hourly rates Rates based on production areas Customized Leases Programs for Low-income Users 3 Tier Rate Approach for Service Area Equipment agreements

23 Nurturing Food & Farm Entrepreneurs … Market access Distribution channels 1. Market partners 1. Local distribution networks 2. Buy Local campaigns 2. New delivery businesses 3. Training programs 3. Online technologies applied Production & Processing 1. Community gardeners evolve into local food entrepreneurs 2. Programs & agencies assist new & expanding farmers 3. Food & farm entrepreneurs have access to subsidized infrastructure/land 4. Policy & regulatory obstacles alleviated for smaller scale producers

24 Tenants– Many Start-ups primarily low-income entrepreneurs

25 Established Businesses Can Grow Significantly – Sales, Employees & Market Reach

26 Farm Families – Focus on Value Adding

27 Specialty Food Producers

28 Regional Flare

29 Regional Food Branding Ads, inserts & demos

30 Regional Brands Many New Food We Love Products

31 Accomplishments The Food We Love Over 50 specialty food producers & farmers are featured in the Athens Kroger Food We Love program. Shoppers can find over 200 different products in every food category across the store. ACEnet brokers & distributes Food We Love product lines to stores in Athens, Nelsonville, Middleport, Pomeroy, Cambridge & Shawnee. Seven regional grocery stores showcase Food We Love in the signature retail display units


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