Small-scale artisan food is all the rage in New York, from emu mayonnaise to jams in a rainbow of colors and flavors. But besides the farmer’s market, it is not always easy to find such goods at the local bodega or grocery store, given the expense of distribution.
Bob McClure’s, purveyor of his eponymous pickles began a delivery cooperative back in December with the intention to consolidate the time it takes for small food businesses to quickly and affordable bring their goods to store shelves. Pallets of pickled products, jarred provisions and food service items destined for restaurant kitchens and retail outlets packed McClure’s truck, with deliveries to more than 100 different locations.
“Every time we would try to deliver, we would try to deliver a full truck,” Bob McClure, co-founder of Bob McClure’s Pickles, told The Observer. “How the cooperative would’ve worked is that most of the same manufacturers were going to the same location at any given time.”
McClure’s cooperative came to an end only a few months after it started, but the City Council is hoping to learn from it and similar projects, making it easier for local food purveyors to sell their wares across the five boroughs. Read More