A horizontally integrated local food company is a company that reaches financial sustainability in a local market by developing a series of interrelated food businesses that share common a common brand, administrative services and marketing. Examples of horizontally integrated local food companies include:
• A deli, bakery, caterer and a catalog company.
• A caterer, two restaurants and a wholesale food company.
• A series of restaurants, each set up as an individual entity with a common investor entity that provides shared administration and marketing services to the portfolio restaurants.