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Planning & Development: Local Food Value Chain Initiative

Consumers in the SPC region spend approximately $6.2 billion annual on food (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), and the demand for locally-grown, processed and manufactured food is growing. With over 9,700 farms in the SPC region, the agriculture industry is an important piece of the regional economy.  Over 400 food manufacturers in the region employ over 6,400 people. In addition to farms and food manufacturers, the local food supply chain also includes related business services such as veterinarians, farm management companies, refrigeration companies, fleets and more.  There are approximately 14,000 businesses in the food supply chain in Southwestern Pennsylvania employing 85,000 workers.

For questions about the Local Food Value Chain Initiative, contact SPC at comments@spcregion.org or (412) 391-5590.

Local Food Chain Supply Initiative Report

SPC’s Local Food Supply Chain Initiative in Southwestern Pennsylvania report details the resiliency, size and scope of the regional food system and identifies potential goals and actions to generate jobs and investments.  The report provides pertinent information to the many groups working on different aspects of the local food supply chain and continues to be a resource for various interest groups.  SPC remains active with regional engagement in advancing the agricultural industry.

The sustainability of businesses involved in processing, selling, and using local food is a continuing focus for SPC.  SPC continues to partner with local interest groups to address specific challenges identified in this report and to support food processing entities in the region.

Front Matter

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Local Food Supply Chain in the SPC Region

Chapter 1: Assessing the Local Food Supply Chain in the SPC Region

Chapter 2: Food Production in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chapter 3: Agricultural Production

Chapter 4: The Food Supply Chain in the Regional Economy

Chapter 5: SPC Survey Results from Stakeholder Meetings

Chapter 6: Assessing Regional Competitiveness in Food Manufacturing

Chapter 7: Growing Jobs and Investments

Chapter 8: Actions Taken Regarding Food Systems Across the Country

Full Report


Local Food Chain Supply Initiative Report Cover

Comprehensive Economic
Development Strategy

ARC Area Development

Business Finance (Loans)

Export Development

Government Procurement

Keystone Opportunity
Zones (KOZ)

Local Food
Value Chain Intiative

Local Technology
Assistance Program (LTAP)

Partnerships for Regional
Economic Performance

Water Resource Center


Contact Planning & Development

Department Director:
Lew Villotti
(412) 391-5590 x302

Planning & Development

Southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Chatham Center Suite 500
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 391-5590 (P)
(412) 391-9160 (F)

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