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Infrastructure for a Local Food Economy

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1 Infrastructure for a Local Food Economy
ACEnet Food Ventures Center

2 Reinventing the Local Food Economy
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 Clients also come from other parts of Ohio and adjacent states
Where We Work Primary Service Area Appalachia Counties Clients also come from other parts of Ohio and adjacent states

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

7 Food Sector Development

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

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

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

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

12 Reinventing Local Infrastructure
Reinventing Local Infrastructure Market Programs Distribution 1. Regional brands Central warehouses 2. Local brokers Produce auctions 3. Online marketing 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 Shared-use Commercial Kitchen Facility
Design Issues Operational use Licensing Equipment needs Management/staffing capacity

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

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

18 Bakery Operations 12 Convection Ovens Dough Roller / Bread Slicer
2 Proofers 5 Larger Capacity Mixers

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

20 Cham’s Lebanese Cuisine
Food Service Cham’s Lebanese Cuisine At ACEnet Her Own Restaurant

21 Warehousing and Distribution

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 Local distribution networks 2. Buy Local campaigns New delivery businesses 3. Training programs 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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