Envisioning local food distribution in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Cutright, Drew Charlotte
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This thesis is a feasibility study for a low-volume processing and distribution center for local food in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It begins with an investigation into the popularity of the local food movement and a justification of why this project is necessary to help citizens and retailers access high quality local products in Chattanooga. The analysis considers the current structure of distribution and its failings, relevant regulations and policies that may affect business growth, current market conditions, relevant business models and the most suitable location for such an operation. This is intended as an applied research thesis; it is hoped to be the first step towards creating a legitimate business model.