As recent USDA statistics have illustrated, local food suppliers who are able to conduct business transactions with wholesale customers tend to be more profitable than those who rely on direct to consumer business transactions alone. The Department has many aggregation and distribution resources available that explore the various ways that producers and producer networks are working together to aggregate merchandise and meet wholesale customer requirements.
Aggregation and Distribution resources
Discover a wealth of educational materials for farmers, ranchers, ag professionals, community organizers and others who are striving to reconfigure the nation’s food system so more value stays in food-producing communities.
The content on this page is available as a topic brief (PDF download from the SARE website), Building Local and Regional Food Systems.
MarketSizer and HubSizer are tools for food system planners. It uses data from public and private sources to calculate unmet demand for local food at the state and county level. With a few clicks you can estimate the potential of the market in your area for local meat, dairy, poultry & eggs and fruits & vegetables.