Value Added Chicken and Egg Infographic

Because consumers expect cheap food, cost of production becomes instrumental if raw ingredient cost is high (like it would be for local produce)...

So using a co-packer would most likely be less costly than small batch production in a shared kitchen...

BUT no nearby co-packers will use local produce from our farmers without pre-processing facilities to turn the product into uniform sizes and ensure food safety standards are met...

And no pre-processing facilities are established for small individual farmers in our area...

AND there’s an unknown reliable demand to warrant investment of pre-processing facility including cost of construction and continued operational costs...

This is because many artisanal processors still use conventional produce or ingredients and value added products rely on high price point/low volume sales to a niche markets because...

Most consumers still expect cheap food. And the cycle continues.