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Creating a successful food business takes more than just good recipes.  In addition to making a great product, you also have to build a strong brand, engage with your customers, and grow sales.   Learn more about the different components of small food business ownership.

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July 6, 2017

Guest Post – How To Build A Strong Relationship With Your Distributor

Many food businesses make the mistake of looking at their grocery store distributor as another employee. After all, distributors are technically working to make you money, so it’s easy to see why they inadvertently make this mistake. But, distributors should be seen as partners to your business, not employees. Together, you can work to bring…

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June 12, 2017

Full-Time Job + New Food Business + Newborn Baby (PODCAST)

Starting your food business is hard enough.  Doing it while also maintaining your full-time job makes it that much harder.  But what happens when your first child is born the week before your first farmers’ market?  Visas Taskar of Bombay Bitez shares his experiences juggling it all in his first year of business.

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June 8, 2017

Micro Food Manufacturers Account For The Industry’s Biggest Growth

There’s been a lot of talk in the industry about innovation and growth – or lack there of – (look to yesterday’s post about big manufacturers and innovation).  So it was interesting to read that it is actually the micro food producers – those making less than $100,000 in revenue – that account for the…

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May 30, 2017

Building Successful Food Service Relationships (PODCAST)

When I asked on the Small Food Business Facebook page, what types of topics podcast listeners would like to learn about, several people mentioned an interest in knowing more about selling to food service accounts.  With that in mind and armed with questions sourced from listeners about this topic, I reached out to Allison Ball,…

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May 17, 2017

Ceding Control To Your Customers

Customization is the trend de jour when it comes to the food world these days (actually, let’s be honest, it’s a trend throughout all retail industries).  However, for food businesses the realities of customization may not be feasible – especially when ingredient and nutrition labels come into play.   

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May 8, 2017

Food Business Terms You Need To Know (Guest Post)

If you’re brand new to the food business, you never want to let other people in the industry know just how inexperienced you are. But, if you don’t speak the food business language, it will be hard to hide your lack of experience in front of seasoned pros. Don’t worry—we rounded up the terms you…

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