Food Systems

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PA Agriculture: A Staple of the Economy

May 27, 2022 / Comments Off on PA Agriculture: A Staple of the Economy

Agriculture has been and continues to be an integral part of Pennsylvania’s economy. According to a previous report published in 2021 by ESI, “Pennsylvania’s $81.5 billion agriculture sector supported 301,900 direct jobs and $14.5 billion in labor income.” Farms are located in all 67 counties within the state, providing necessary support to all Pennsylvanians in […]

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ESI Eats: Putting Values into Motion

May 13, 2022 / Comments Off on ESI Eats: Putting Values into Motion

Looking out of the window from the 4th floor of the history-laden Drexel Building, peering down at the action below never gets old. Everything from the commute to the hustle and bustle of Center City is exciting. There’s not a single place we would rather be than close to City Hall, which some consider the […]

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The State of the Kitchen Incubator Industry in the US: An Industry Update 2020

January 3, 2020 / Comments Off on The State of the Kitchen Incubator Industry in the US: An Industry Update 2020

In conjunction with Catharine Street Consulting, The Food Corridor, and Urbane Development, Econsult Solutions is proud to announce the release of its 3rd national survey of the kitchen incubator industry in the US. The state of shared-use food manufacturing activity has grown tremendously and evolved significantly since the first report in 2013, due to a […]

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Ambler’s Cooperative

August 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Ambler’s Cooperative

Ambler is a lovely, walkable small town northwest of Philadelphia, but in 2009 the residents had a problem. The only grocery store in town was closing its doors. The giant pharmacy that replaced the store tried to help out by selling chips, canned goods, and even milk, but it was a long way from being […]

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Pennsylvania Agriculture: A Look at the Economic Impact and Future Trends

June 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Pennsylvania Agriculture: A Look at the Economic Impact and Future Trends

Agriculture has a long rich history in Pennsylvania and has been a driving force of the state’s economy for centuries. While the number of Pennsylvanians farming has decreased, the importance of agriculture to the Commonwealth’s economy has not. In 2018, Team PA, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, commissioned Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI) and Temple […]

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What Influences the Spread of Kitchen Incubators?

May 11, 2018 / Comments Off on What Influences the Spread of Kitchen Incubators?

In a prior Present Value post, we discussed the power of food as an economic driver, impacting several industries in the economy. The rise of food entrepreneurs meeting the consumer demand for local and unique products has resulted in increasing demand for kitchen space, and kitchen incubators are helping to meet this demand. As defined […]

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