The feasibility of operating a fresh cut facility in Decatur County, Georgia
Wolfe, Kent L.
McKissick, John C.
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This report examines the economic feasibility of operating a fresh cut facility for vegetables in the Decatur County Georgia area. The main focus of this report will focus on adding value to vegetable commodities such as sweet corn and carrots. The industry has successfully added value to these vegetables by removing their ends, peeling, and packaging them for convenience. Often sweet corn is seen in the produce section of stores with the tips removed and placed on a Styrofoam sheet with shrink wrap. This type of packaging increases the value received by the store, wholesaler, and farmer. However, the largest percentage of added value occurs in the packing component. Hence, the Decatur County group has requested the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development to research the feasibility of operating a fresh cut facility. This report examines the relevant economic issues surrounding the operation of a fresh cut facility. All costs were taken into consideration, even a small direct cost to the producers for delivery of the vegetables to the facility. The majority of this report consists of the marketing, finance, and impact analysis sections. Together these sections explain the feasibility of operating the facility.