A food ‘hub‘ on the Open Food Network platform is a shop which sells items (to the public or other businesses) from more than one supplier. It’s a bit like the OFN equivalent of a real market where you might have potatoes grown and supplied by Farmer A, bread baked by Mr B, tea and coffee imported by Mrs C etc etc.
Perhaps you are Farmer A him/herself and wish to sell your potatoes on OFN directly (as well as supplying a ‘hub’)? In which case you need to register as a ‘Shop‘ on our platform. The steps to opening up a shop are very similar to that of a hub (but, if anything, slightly easier!).
On the third hand you may be like Mr B- only wanting to use OFN to supply your baked bread to the local hub but not actually have a shop front on our platform- a ‘profile‘. In which case the steps you need to take to set up are the easiest of all.
If you ever get stuck or can’t remember what a particular term means in on our platform then check out this very useful little glossary.
Here we focus on the steps you need to take as the manager of an OFN Hub to set up your business on our platform.
Setting up an OFN shop or profile is even easier. Have a look at advice and guidance in our User Guide.