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A business model, not a product, determines whether a food or beverage company makes money. Our resources help you learn what makes a profitable and fundable business model.

Sweet Pea’s Succeeds with Small-Town Pie Shop

1 hour 29 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad chats with Sweet Pea’s founder Rachel Smith about what it takes to launch and grow a small-town food business, from refining the business model to securing financing to fostering careers locally.

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3 Surprising Truths About Effective Marketing

Marketing is essential for any business to grow. But most food and farm entrepreneurs already know that. They realize that no matter how high-quality,...

Why Food Brands Should Explore Sustainable Packaging Now

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Many food and farm businesses have been prioritizing sustainable CPG packaging for years, choosing recyclable, compostable, or reusable solutions whenever possible. They feel strongly...

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Betterbin Leverages Data to Demystify Recycling

1 hour 2 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Betterbin founder and CEO Michelle Goetsch shares her story of helping CPG brands and consumers solve the recycling crisis with a machine learning–powered app and valuable data.

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B&E’s Trees Diversifies with Value-Added Brand Embark Maple

1 hour 01 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Bree Breckel and Eric Weninger of of B&E’s Trees and Embark Maple share their story of becoming maple farmers, value-adding, pivoting strategies and launching a new consumer brand during a pandemic.

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How Eco Practices Can Boost Farm Revenues

1 hour 7 minutes of Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

FFI founder Tera Johnson, now CEO of Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, helps farmers navigate the many conservation options now available to protect ecosystems while enhancing farm revenues.

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FACT Helps Farmers Raise Animals Humanely

56 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy welcomes Larissa McKenna of Food Animal Concerns Trust to discuss how livestock and poultry farmers can make their operations more humane, benefiting the animals, the environment and even their bottom line.

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Financing Food and Ag Beyond the Pandemic

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Although COVID-19 has affected every industry, food and agriculture have been hit disproportionately hard. Prior to the pandemic, more than 50% of food was...

Tera Johnson Shares FFI’s Impact and Opportunities

1 hour 13 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Interim director Sarah Larson interviews Tera about founding the Food Finance Institute and growing its impact over eight years—and what’s next to come.

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3 Lessons from a Leading Food Hub

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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...

Dynamic Rhode Island Food Hub Connects Farmers and Eaters

1 hour 20 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Jesse Rye gives Tera the scoop on this innovative, multifaceted food hub that’s strengthening New England’s regional food ecosystem.

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Your One-Page Path to Success

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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...

Oregon Coast Wasabi Grows a Niche Market

1 hour 2 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Oregon Coast Wasabi co-founder and CEO Jennifer Bloeser tells Tera all about farming this niche plant and underappreciated food ingredient and growing her business around its massive potential.

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Are Insects the Next Moneymaker in Food?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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...

Cricket Farmer Highlights the Potential of Insect Ag

52 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Insect ag aficionado Kevin Bachhuber discusses the massive market opportunities for cricket farming, as well as the challenges of navigating a niche industry.

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Adapt or Bust: Two Forces Impacting All Food and Farm Businesses

In FFI’s first Quarterly Trends Talk, Tera discussed several macro forces shaping our world that food and farm businesses will need to adapt to—and,...

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

1 hour & 10 minutes of Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

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.

The Good Acre Food Hub Pivots to Hunger Relief

1 hour 10 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

The Good Acre’s David Van Eeckhout talks with Tera about the Twin Cities food hub’s evolving role in uplifting diverse farmers, supporting local food makers and increasing community access to high-quality local produce.

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Forage Kombucha Expands from Restaurant to Retail Brand

1 hour 1 minute Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Henry Aschauer, co-founder of Forage Kombucha and Forage Kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin, sits down with Tera to discuss his multifaceted business and how the restaurants and beverage brand behoove each other as both continue scaling.

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Nordik Meats Opens Mid-Pandemic and Perseveres

52 minutes 13 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera interviews Rod Ofte, co-founder of Nordik Meats, about launching local meat processing during COVID-19, building the business smartly and addressing the gaps in small-scale processing.

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