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Title page, Editor page, Copyright

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Contents

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List of Figures

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

The research in this volume was supported through cooperative research funding from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) in Washington dc. The authors thank Mary Bohman of ERS for her thoughtful guidance...

Part 1. Understanding Local Food Systems from a Supply Chain Perspective

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1. From Farms to Consumers: An Introduction to Supply Chains for Local Foods

Miguel I. Gómez and Michael S. Hand

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pp. 3-13

The term local foods conjures vivid and specific images among consumers, food connoisseurs, and scholars. Many people think of the fresh young vegetables and the first ripe strawberries that appear in farmers markets in the spring and the apples and winter squash that herald fall’s arrival...

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2. Research Design for Local Food Case Studies

Robert P. King, Michael S. Hand, and Gigi DiGiacomo

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pp. 14-32

This chapter begins with a review of conceptual foundations for studying local food supply chains and presents a series of specific research questions that form the basis of our case study analysis and data collection...

Part 2: Case Studies on Local Food Supply Chains

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3. Apple Case Studies in the Syracuse MSA

Miguel I. Gómez, Edward W. McLaughlin, and Kristen S. Park

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pp. 35-84

This case describes the movement of apples through three different marketing channels in Syracuse, New York:
a supermarket chain (mainstream supply chain),
a producer who sells at a farmers market (direct market supply...

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4. Blueberry Case Studies in the Portland- Vancouver MSA

Larry Lev

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pp. 85-126

This set of case studies describes three fresh blueberry supply chains in the Portland- Vancouver MSA (referred to as Portland):
a major supermarket chain supplied in part by a local growerpacker...

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5. Spring Mix Case Studies in the Sacramento MSA

Shermain D. Hardesty

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pp. 127-177

The following case studies describe three supply chains for spring mix in the Sacramento Metropolitan Statistical Area:
an upscale regional supermarket chain (mainstream supply chain)...

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6. Beef Case Studies in the Minneapolis– St. Paul– Bloomington MSA

Robert P. King, Gigi DiGiacomo, and Gerald F. Ortmann

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pp. 178-227

This series of case studies describes the distribution of beef through three supply chains in the Minneapolis– St. Paul– Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA):
natural, store- brand beef sold through an upscale supermarket...

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7. Fluid Milk Case Studies in the Washington DC Area

Michael S. Hand and Kate Clancy

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pp. 228-264

This set of case studies describes the distribution of fluid milk through three different supply chains in the Washington dc metropolitan area:
private- label milk that is processed by a producer cooperative and...

Part 3: A Synthesis of Case Study Findings

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8. Product Prices and Availability

Kristen S. Park, Miguel I. Gómez, Gerald F. Ortmann, and Jeffrey Horwich

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pp. 267-290

Two important questions for members of supply chains that produce and distribute local food products are: “When are local products available?” and “Does the attribute ‘local’ exhibit retail price premiums in the marketplace?” In this chapter we address these two critical characteristics...

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9. What Does Local Deliver?

Larry Lev, Michael S. Hand, and Gigi DiGiacomo

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pp. 291-312

Throughout this volume we have presented insights from a set of case studies on the comparative performance of local and mainstream food production and distribution systems. This chapter poses the broad question: “What does local deliver?” and uses the case study findings and...

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10. Can Local Food Markets Expand?

Edward W. McLaughlin, Shermain D. Hardesty, and Miguel I. Gómez

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pp. 313-329

Chapter 9 discussed the challenges of assessing the performance of local food supply chains relative to their mainstream counterparts. In this essay we turn our attention to the question: “Can local food markets expand?” Consumers’ growing interest in foods with a variety of attributes associated...

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11. What Role Do Public Policies and Programs Play in the Growth of Local Foods?

Michael S. Hand and Kate Clancy

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pp. 330-345

As local foods have become a more popular and visible segment of the U.S. food system, there has been increased interest in public policies and programs designed to support the expansion of local foods. Much of the growth in local foods can be explained by factors outside the policy realm, such as consumer demand for product attributes and for linkages with...

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12. A Look to the Future

Robert P. King, Miguel I. Gómez, and Michael S. Hand

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pp. 346-348

Our contemporary food system is the product of an evolutionary process that began in the late nineteenth century with the development of new technologies for food processing and preservation, new modes of transportation and communication, and new forms of business organization...

Contributors

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pp. 349-350

Index

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pp. 351-368