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November 10, 2014

Even The Big Boys Worry About Their Perceived *Value* For Customers

Earlier last week, in this post, a reader commented that she and her company had spent some time examining what *value* they provided to customers above just being a tasty product.   In a sea of tasty product competitors, they’ve realized that value is what helps differentiate them and what helps keep customers coming back….

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October 23, 2014

Know Someone Who Wants To Start An Artisan Food Business?

I am incredibly excited to announce that Portland State University is launching a comprehensive 15-week course on ‘The Business of Artisan Food’ starting in 2015 that will cover, in-depth, all aspects of starting and growing a food business.  Oh, and it’s being taught by yours truly!  :)

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August 14, 2014

Small Food Business Is Headed To ROAM Mobile Food Conference

Following up on yesterday’s post about food trucks and mobile food businesses, I thought I’d mention that I’ve been invited to speak at the ROAM Conference this year.  ROAM is the premier industry conference for those who own and operate mobile food businesses and those who are hoping to get their own business rolling. 

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August 6, 2014

New Gluten Free Labeling Now In Effect

A little over a year ago the FDA posted guidelines around what could and couldn’t be called gluten-free in order to provide guidance to those suffering with celiac disease about what is safe for them to eat.  That rule officially took effect yesterday and now packaged food producers who are FDA-regulated must meet the stated…

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July 28, 2014

Saying Good-bye To My Sous Chef

Greta was my constant companion in my home kitchen; always patiently at my feet hopeful that something would drop.  Somehow or another, I’d always manage to – oops! – drop a few carrot pieces every time I was cooking.  Today’s article has nothing to do with food businesses but is my small attempt to memorialize…

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