Local Meat and Poultry Processing: The Importance of Business Commitments for Long-Term Viability
By: Lauren Gwin, Arion Thiboumery, and Richard Stillman
Stabilizing and enhancing meat and poultry processing for local markets requires that farmers and processors build more established and predictable business relationships, shifting from “convenience” to longer term “commitment.” This report uses case studies of successful meat and poultry processors to illustrate what commitment can look like in practice. An essential element is that farmers commit, individually or in coordinated groups or brands, to providing the processor with a sufficient, steady supply of livestock to process.
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