CIRS Blog about Rural California
By Gail Feenstra*, David Visher*, and Shermain Hardesty**
A recent study by University of California researchers examines factors that influence the development of emerging distribution networks embedded in values-based supply chains. Included in the study are financial considerations, government regulations, industry business practices and entrepreneurial factors. The study looks at five values-based supply chains in the California produce industry to draw out insights, best practices and conclusions.
Danielle Boule, George Hubert, Anna Jensen, Alannah Kull, Julia Van Soelen Kim, Courtney Marshall, Kelsey Meagher and Thea Rittenhouse
This report was prepared by a team of graduate students at UC Davis in the spring of 2011 for the Yolo Ag and Food Alliance (AFA). The objective was to examine the plausibility of creating a food hub in Yolo and Solano Counties. To achieve this, the UC Davis research team explored recent trends in food hubs across the country and conducted a food system assessment of the two counties to provide a context for how and whether a food hub might be situated.