Oakland A Food Hub Once Again

Affordable space, city incentives, and good transport are bringing Oakland, CA back to its roots as a center of the food processing industry.
October 28, 2009, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Oakland used to be the world's largest food processing center, with scores of canneries, bakeries and breweries. The industry died off when giant companies consolidated, but today Oakland is seeing a revival of food production.

"At a time when most industries in the state are suffering, Oakland's food business - including everything from tofu to doughnuts - appears to be expanding and hiring workers for living wage jobs.

"We're growing what has always been a strength and recognizing that there is a new momentum building in food production," said Margot Prado, industrial specialist in the city's economic development agency."

Thanks to Zelda Bronstein

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Published on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in San Francisco Chronicle
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