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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 11, 2013

Do You Know What Your Competitors Are Doing?

I don’t care how ‘handmade,’ ‘unique,’ or ‘one-of-a-kind’ your product or flavors are.  Your customers only have so many dollars in their wallet that they’re willing to spend on specialty food products which means that you do have competitors.  So do you know who they are and what they’re doing?

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March 5, 2013

Rain In The 2013 Consumer Spending Forecast

Data coming out of the Commerce Department shows something interesting – consumers are saving more than ever before.  That sounds, on the surface, like great news but it is something that should make anyone who makes and sells a product a little bit nervous.

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January 28, 2013

The Specialty Food Industry Is Thriving

I’ve finally had a chance to compile all my notes from the Fancy Food Show and thus this week will be ‘Fancy Food Recap’ week. Be sure to check back on Wednesday and Thursday for two additional Fancy Food-related articles. To get the week started though I wanted to present to you some facts and…

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January 22, 2013

3 Quick Takeaways From The Fancy Food Show

I’m just back from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and am still getting my notes in order.  I got lots of great material that I’ll share in the coming weeks after I have a chance to get myself reorganized and catch up on sleep.  In the meantime though, I wanted to share…

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