This report is one of a series that analyses opportunities for improving the sustainability and economic viability of food supply chains serving smaller and community-based food enterprises.
Joining the Dots was commissioned by the Food Distribution and Supply strand of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme, which aims to reconnect people and land through local food; increasing access to fresh, healthy and local food with clear, traceable origins. The strand of work focusing on distribution – coordinated by Sustain – takes a particular interest in food hubs and other ways of consolidating supply to achieve efficiencies of scale and profitability, and hence create a more resilient market for local and sustainable food.
The report contains the findings of:
The Joining the Dots workshop looked at the possibilities for a local food hub in London. Present at the workshop were representatives from each stage in the existing supply chain including wholesale suppliers, wholesale markets, local producers, chefs, restaurateurs and delivery companies. London’s existing food supply system “from farm to restaurant fork” was discussed, as were the problems associated with this supply chain and the possible areas where improvements could be made.
One outcome of the workshop was formation of a small group of restaurants and retail outlets in and around Clerkenwell, North East London, who wanted to address the issues raised in the workshop and see if they could do something to change the way their existing supply chain worked. The results of the pilot of this collaborative purchasing project are also contained in the report.
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