‘A local food centre dedicated to sustainability’
What is the Food Hub?
The Food Hub will primarily be a storage and distribution centre for locally produced, sustainable food from farms in the Cambridgeshire area. Its route to market will be direct, bringing significantly reduced wastage, food miles and costs.
Local residents will benefit from a retail outlet, café and community space. The wider Cambridge area will be served by a home delivery service and distribution of food to retail outlets and catering establishments around the city. The facilities will be available for ‘one-off’ bookings as well, making the Food Hub an ideal venue for educational and training purposes, community functions, pop-up dining events, indoor farmers’ markets and conferencing.
The Food Hub will also feature incubator kitchens for the very best local sustainable food enterprises. It will give them an opportunity to reduce overheads through affordable rent, the ability to rent space and facilities according to requirements, and shared distribution. These businesses will have a plentiful supply of fresh, local ingredients to work with, and the custom of those visiting the Food Hub.
- Ensure a wide range of quality, healthy and sustainably produced food, both fresh and prepared, is available for people and businesses in the Cambridgshire area.
- Provide a full package of business incubation services so that small businesses and start-ups have every opportunity to succeed.
- Reduce food miles and emissions in the centre of Cambridge through a sustainable distribution network.
- Make healthy and sustainably produced food accessible to low-income households through the Good Food for All scheme.
- Create an educational resource for the local community, so people can reconnect with their food and learn about nutrition and sustainability.
- Answer the pressing question of how we are going to sustainably feed a growing global population into the future.
Who is behind this project?
Cambridge Sustainable Food has appointed a task force to realise the Food Hub project, which is led by Duncan Catchpole, Managing Director of The Cambridge Organic Food Co. (COFCO). COFCO is one of the most successful enterprises of its type in the UK and having it located at the Food Hub will contribute significantly to the success of this project.