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Aggregating and Processing Local Food: A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand. Rural transformation centres: The Government of Albania will establish rural transformation centres to serve as raw material aggregation points in the catchment areas (100 km radius) of each AIP.
Agri-entertainment and -tourism—new, highly consumer-focused types of agriculture—may offer additional options for diversification and adding stability to farm incomes. Farmers have invented a wide variety of “entertainment farming” options.
The FOOD Market will be a permanent, year‐round, self‐sustaining market that provides local, healthy food to consumers from all income levels, and that enriches our community. It will educate the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. The market will offer farmers, fishermen, and specialty food producers in specific City and throughout Albania a vibrant City marketplace with high visibility, foot traffic, and a growing residential, professional, and tourist customer base. The Marketplace will include a kitchen classroom for community demonstrations and programming. Vendors will offer an assortment of local products in permanent, temporary, and day stalls. Products will include farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, and eggs; cheese and dairy; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; beer and wine; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several “grab‐and‐go” lunch options.
An integrated agro-industrial park (AIP) is a geographic cluster of independent firms grouped together to gain economies of scale and positive externalities by sharing infrastructure and taking advantage of opportunities for bulk purchasing and selling, training courses and extension services.