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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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April 4, 2019

Plotting A Map For Food Business Financing (PODCAST)

Today we are speaking of Tera Johnson, the founder and director for the Food Finance Institute. A serial entrepreneur herself, Tera’s mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically regenerative food and farming businesses. She founded teraswhey(r) and is the host of the Edible-Alpha podcast and, as you’ll hear, has first-hand experience…

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April 2, 2019

The Beauty of Simple

I know things have been quieter around here than normal and part of that is due to the fact that I just – on Friday – finally got my paperwork submitted for my new food business license. Yes, after a few years hiatus from professional kitchen work – and assuming all the paperwork goes though…

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March 26, 2019

Are There Too Many Farmers’ Markets

I read this interesting article on NPR last week that talked about the impact of the growth of farmers’ markets – and how that’s not always a good thing. In addition to talking about how so many new markets may mean fewer customers as customers pick and choose which markets to attend; it also touched…

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February 19, 2019

Small Companies Can Excel At Customer Service

If you’ve read this site through and through, you know that I often come back to the topic of customer service. In part it’s because it’s one area where many smaller food companies have a huge competitive advantage. Yes, good customer service can take time but doing it well can also 1) personalize your brand…

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February 7, 2019

Major Companies Aim To Go Zero Waste

If you’ve worked in the food industry for any length of time, you know that it’s an industry with a tremendous amount of waste. And I’m not just talking about food waste – there is a ton of plastic that gets used one time and tossed out. So much that it can be painful to…

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