The social cooperative ‘Rete Utile Buono e Bio’ gathers organic producers & their products can be sold via online platform, a store and a restaurant in Bari
- “Rete Utile Buono e Bio” is made up of the Italian Consortium for Organic Farming (C.I.BI.), social cooperatives (Cooperativa Nuovi Sentieri e Cooperativa Il Cammino), an Association for the social promotion (APS Eco, Bio, Equo), and a Consortium of organic producers (Puglia Natura Consortium), whose mission is to combine the development of organic production, mostly local, with the sale and delivery of the certified product, all with particular attention to creating training opportunities and social and labour inclusion for persons belonging to the disadvantage areas.” It offers online ordering service and home delivery and point of sale with bio-easy restaurant in Bari, where a costumer can eat, knowing well what he eats
The objectives are reached through:
 - promotion social cooperatives of production and distribution of organic products;
 .raising the awareness of organic agricultural enterprises  .promoting short distribution chain,
 -bring citizens closer to the consumption of organic products and to use online ordering and home delivery
- Stakeholders are around 30 organic operators that sell their organic products in the shop, Italian Consortium for Organic Farming (C.I.BI.), social cooperatives (Cooperativa Nuovi Sentieri e Cooperativa Il Cammino), an Association for the social promotion (APS Eco, Bio, Equo), and a Consortium of organic producers (Puglia Natura Consortium).
- Beneficiaries and thousands customers that buy by the shop or

Resources needed

The budget actually is not available as it is in an enlargement phase.
5 persons are involved.
This private initiative was mainly financed by private funds, and to a lesser extent by public support.

Evidence of success

• distribution of regional organic products improved allowing producers to offer a higher quality product at a competitive price
• awareness of organic farmers increased
• responsibility and sensitivity towards health and environmental issues increased;
• online ordering and home delivery increased
• 30 organic operators benefiting from the measure in 2017
• sharing in social economy to care for disadvantaged sections of the population

Potential for learning or transfer

Rete Utile Buono e Bio” offers online ordering service and home delivery and point of sale with bio-easy restaurant in Bari (Via Mameli 4-5), where a costumer can eat, knowing well what he eats, thanks to the traceability of the product and the selection of producer companies
It promotes short distribution chain, for products made in the local territory, which allows to offer a higher quality product at a competitive price and with higher profit margins for all parties

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Main institution
ciheam bari
Location
Puglia, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
December 2017
End Date
Ongoing

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