Local Food - Developing rural logistic's resources, business and behaviour


The aim of this development project is to create a new kind of business model for rural entrepreneurship and for the whole supply chain and the logistics of regional food production by piloting a new type of digital (software) platform. The idea is to provide a virtual place for rendezvous and enable trade and low-carbon, cost-effective optimization of transport in sparsely populated areas for food buyers, (ie restaurants, public food service and private consumers) and the sellers, (ie primary and grocery producers and their products), as well as for the food processors and retailers
within the region. The operating model forms a platform and system that integrates, for example, production facilities, terminals, flexible transport and food industry operators, including reindeer husbandry and other local food and product sectors.

The aim of piloting the model is to test whether such a digital system can effectively promote the local
economy, opportunities for business operations and cooperation between the regions of Lapland, and shorten long food supply transport chains and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while simultaneously improving cost-effectiveness.

The project is managed by Centria University of Applied Sciences, which has carried out a previous project of developing and piloting of the VASTE platform. The project will run from 1.1.2021 to 31.12.2022.
The project will be implemented by Centria University of Applied Sciences and as partial implementers it will be carried out by the representatives of the municipalities participating the project from Lapland and sub-regional divisions of Kokkola, Kannus and Kaustinen from Central Ostrobothnia.

The implementation of the measures of the project are supported by for example the ongoing project of Association of Lapland: “Operating Model to Increase Local Food in Public Food Services Paying Attention to Low Carbon, the Regional Economy and the SMEs” and also the project of Lapland ELY Center: “Local Food Logistics”, and cooperation shall be executed also with their collaborative regional projects and other ongoing and previous projects, for which this project will act as a practical linker and continuator, and which are listed separately.

The operational model created in the project can be utilized nationally by other provinces and municipalities. Pilot’s objective is to take into account and also test in practice possible carbon neutral operating models from the point of view of regional economy and opportunities for SMEs in the food production sector.

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