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3 Lessons from a Leading Food Hub

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We’ve been talking a lot about food hubs lately. These vital organizations—sometimes structured as nonprofits, sometimes as for-profits and sometimes as a blend—build up...

Your One-Page Path to Success

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Can your food or farm business succeed? It sure can. But it could also be a total flop. And it’s not the products you’re...

Are Insects the Next Moneymaker in Food?

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As a global community, we have two monumental, interrelated problems pressing down on us: One, how can we arrest manmade climate change before it’s...

8 Ways to Ace Farm-to-Consumer Sales

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The COVID-19 pandemic both accelerated demand for locally grown food and pushed people to e-commerce in droves. These dual forces have created a huge...

From the Archives: Peter Robertson of RP’s Pasta on Managing Growth and Changing with...

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We revisit a podcast from our archives, episode #43 with Peter Robertson, founder of RP’s Pasta and co-founder of Tribe 9 Foods. Peter touches on managing growth and changing with the consumer.

How to Make Food Hubs Financially Viable

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The food industry consists of many rungs, meaning there are a wealth of business opportunities. Some are obvious, such as growing food crops, manufacturing...

6 Reasons Why Foodservice and Farms Should Launch Food Brands

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Entrepreneurs who run foodservice businesses and even farms have many built-in advantages when launching food (CPG) brands. Here's why restauranteurs, proprietors and producers should seriously consider it.

Could Local Meat Processors Be the Next Craft Breweries?

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America’s meat industry is a lot like how beer was in the 1980s, with a handful of giant corporations controlling the lion’s share of...

Why Aren’t There More Meat Processors?

The lack of meat processing facilities in the U.S. has been a big problem for decades. Continued consolidation has led to larger but far fewer plants nationwide. They are also more highly concentrated in certain geographic regions. Today, there are roughly 800 USDA-inspected slaughterhouses, with a small number accounting for the vast majority of production. […]
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Huddle Notes from May 3rd, 2021

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The huddle this month focused on what’s going on in agriculture and a look at alternative packaging options and recycling initiatives. Listen to the...

Building an Artisan Meat Brand

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Launching a processed meat business isn’t quick, easy or cheap. It can take many months, even years, to generate funding, develop a great product...
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Get to Know USDA Local Food Grants

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This webinar reviews resources available from the USDA, digs into the details of LFPP and FMPP grants, and integrates a live audience Q&A to learn more about what is eligible for award. Listen to learn more about how to submit for these grants funds that support local foods!

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Are You ‘Just Another Food Brand’?

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When launching or scaling a food business, most entrepreneurs think about branding—among the million other things bouncing around in their heads. Between product development,...

Huddle Notes from April 5th, 2021

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The huddle this month focused on the early observations of the new administration, dairy trends, and worldwide food system issues. Listen to the recording...

Should Your Brand Self-Manufacture?

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Most food entrepreneurs will inevitably face the question of whether to self-manufacture or use a co-packer. For many, this comes after their business takes...

The Secret to Building a Resilient Business

The COVID-19 pandemic threw a massive wrench that few food and farm businesses saw coming. Entrepreneurs barely had time to accept that this crisis was real and raring to hit the U.S. before it sent them scrambling to navigate its ramifications for their businesses. Whether their primary sales channel evaporated overnight or demand for their […]
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Huddle Notes from March 1st, 2021

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The huddles this month focused on climate change impacts on communities, food prices going up around the world, and the niche areas of our industry.

How to Keep Farmland in Farmers’ Hands

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According to USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, the average age of the American farmer is 57.5, up from 56.3 in 2012. What’s more, a...

Can Your Business Afford to Overlook Amazon?

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Yeah, selling food on Amazon takes a lot of work. Yeah, there are fees involved and algorithms to figure out and rule changes to...

Huddle Notes from February 1st, 2021

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The huddles this month focused on COVID issues related to food, the impacts the Biden administration may have on food and agriculture, and many topics to consider when working with your clients.