Central Saanich food hub study launches

The project has launched! Greenchain Consulting has been hired to deliver the study and work is now underway with a target of completing the study before the fall. Greenchain has conducted more than 10 BC food hub feasibility studies, including a recent meat processing facility for south Vancouver Island.

Overview of the study

Phase 1: Project launch and market review. Gather relevant reports and information related to the project to better understand the needs of the region and its food producers and assess the current and potential market demand for a food hub. This will include stakeholder interviews, regional assessment and much more.

Phase 2: User needs assessment and potential core user identification. In this phase we will broaden our outreach to further understand the needs of potential food hub users and begin to identify potential core users of the facility. The consultants will tour potential locations and begin to develop business model options including a governance and staffing plan.

Phase 3: Identify location, landlord and food hub operator options. Using the above information, a list of building/location criteria will be developed and will inform creation of a list of suitable buildings/locations in Central Saanich.

Phase 4: Food hub feasibility assessment and business model development. A business model will be presented to staff, stakeholders and Council.

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