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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.

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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How This Old Farm Built a Successful Meat Processing Business

1 hour 6 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera chats with Jessica Roosa of This Old Farm about what it really takes to launch a small meat processing business, from financing to facilities to inspections to marketing.

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Building an Artisan Meat Brand

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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...

Are You ‘Just Another Food Brand’?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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,...

Connoils Scales from One-Woman Op to One-Stop Shop

41 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Stacy Peterson, founder and CEO of Connoils, joins Tera to discuss growing her oil ingredients company from a one-woman operation to a booming international business with a new 25,000-square-foot facility.

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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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The Nuts and Bolts (and Benefits) of Scenario Planning

53 minutes 39 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Scenario planning expert Eric DeLuca joins Tera to discuss this critical tool for scaling food and farm businesses. By mapping out plausible future stories, entrepreneurs can brace themselves for uncertainty and navigate disruption successfully.

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Meadowlark Organics Forges Path to Farm Ownership

1 hour and 2 minutes of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Tera and John Wepking discuss Meadowlark Organics’ farm transition journey, from securing the first loan to buy breeding cattle to building the infrastructure to mill organic small grains on-site, all under the mentorship of an experienced farmer.

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Can Your Business Afford to Overlook Amazon?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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

1 hours 19 minutes of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In this episode Tera talks to Amazon expert Michael Zhang about what it takes to sell well on Amazon. Michael believes if you are committed to the channel you can make Amazon work for you. Tune in to learn more about what this commitment entails and how to tap into the power of Amazon to grow your food brand.

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Breadtopia Builds off Pandemic Business Boom

1 hour 25 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Breadtopia’s Galen Saturley tells Tera all about the early e-commerce company’s roots, growth trajectory and skyrocketing sales through the pandemic.

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Paul Willis Talks Scaling up Humanely Raised Pork

42 minutes 58 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Famous founder Paul Willis of Niman Ranch joins Tera to discuss staying true to his values and scaling up humanely raised, pasture-raised pork to the benefit of small farmers and consumers nationwide.

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Gary Zimmer Shares How Healthy Soil Yields Success

47 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Gary Zimmer, the father of biological farming and founder of Midwestern BioAg, and daughter Leilani Zimmer join Tera to talk the importance of nutrient-stocked, structurally sound soil.

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Can Dairy Farms Help Save the Planet?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

When looking for ways to reduce environmental impact, an increasingly popular strategy is to eat less meat, dairy and other animal products. Considering the...

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Scaling Managed Dairy Grazing for Max Impact

1 hour 4 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera talks with Joe Tomandl of Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship about the massive potential for managed grazing to promote farm succession, help mitigate climate change, localize food systems and revive rural communities.

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Urban Ag Venture Blends Business and Social Mission

1 hour 11 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Mark and Judy Thomas of Garfield Produce Co. join Tera to discuss creating job opportunities for men facing employment barriers with their vertical, hydroponic microgreens farm. Based in a rough Chicago neighborhood, this innovative for-profit business/social enterprise uplifts vulnerable community members while supplying high-quality specialty produce.

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Next-Level Transparency for Today’s Impact Brands

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the food supply chain like never before. With panic-buying clearing out retail shelves, foodservice sales slowing to a trickle...

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Huddle Notes from October 12th, 2020

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The huddles this week focused on an innovative kelp farming business out of Maine, holiday shopping trends, and how America is preparing for winter during COVID times.