Business Models

Business Models

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.

Farmer Brothers Distill Grains into Profits

1 hour 5 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy interviews Will Glazik of Cow Creek Organic Farm and Silver Tree Beer & Spirits to learn how he and his brothers are building upon their family farming legacy with a consumer brand and their own grain distillery

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Why Cash Flow is a Must-Know

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

So many factors can make or break a food or farm business—but none are more predictive than cash flow. Learn why getting a firm grip on it and forecasting cash needs are crucial for business survival.

Article about Financial Management for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Sisters Succeed with Simple Syrup, Soda Shop, and Subscriptions

1 hour 19 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Simple Goodness Sisters Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham share how they’ve launched and scaled their unique diversified farm-based business and what they’ll tackle next.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

From Founder to Team Builder—Are You Ready?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Founders can take their food businesses only so far before they max out their capacity. Unlocking the next phase of growth may require more hands on deck.

Doctor Turns Dates into Healthier Sweetener

1 hour and 3 minutes of Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Physician-turned-entrepreneur Sylvie Charles, M.D., shares why she founded Just Date, how she has built a thriving business, and what will fuel its next phase of growth.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Should Your Food or Farm Business Go International?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

You don’t have to be a big company to successfully sell products overseas. International opportunities abound for small food and ag businesses too. Could yours be a good candidate? Get smart strategies for growing your enterprise globally.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

SBDC Consultant Helps Food Businesses Go Global

55 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Chris Wojtowicz from the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center unpacks the global expansion process for small food and farm businesses looking for new market opportunities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Hill Valley Dairy Broadens Family Legacy

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Ron Henningfeld, owner and cheesemaker at Hill Valley Dairy, drops by to discuss putting his own spin on a family farm business and expanding into new opportunities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Is Renting Farmland Smarter Than Buying?

10 minute Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Plenty of people would love to break into farming, but beginners’ number-one barrier is access to land. With so much farmland already claimed—by older farmers but also increasingly by investors, corporations, and developers—desirable acreage is hard to come by. Plus, the price of farmland in the U.S. is sky-high.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Startups | Pre-Venture | Growing and Scaling

We Need to Talk About Food Safety

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Food contamination can happen at any stage from farm to fork, which means no food business can afford to slack on security measures. Learn how regulations and tech advances are ensuring a safer food supply.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Grassway Organics Cultivates Community

1 hour 12 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy invites in Grassway Organics’ Chaz Self for an inspiring conversation about farming business models, growing a diversified ag operation, and regenerating local communities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Clean Beam Advances Food Safety for the 21st Century

1 hour 28 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad sits down with Mark Cottone and Jim Rush of Clean Beam, maker of a dry, chemical-free footwear sanitizer powered by pulsing UV light. This innovation protects processing facilities from contaminants while proving predictive analytics that can enhance operations.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

7 Reasons to Launch an Agritourism Business

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

From creating cash flow efficiencies to building brand awareness, agritourism can provide plenty of perks to a farm business. Learn how hosting farm tours, events, or other neat experiences can benefit farm businesses.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Together Farms Diversifies into Agritourism

1 hour 15 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy talks with Together Farms’ Stephanie Schneider about building a successful diversified farm business from scratch, making mistakes and learning along the way, and honing operations to boost efficiencies.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Is the Retail Channel Worth Pursuing Anymore?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

With online grocery and direct-to-consumer sales booming, is brick-and-mortar food retail becoming obsolete and should food and farm entrepreneurs bypass this channel? Not so fast. Grocery stores are changing, but they remain viable opportunities.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

T4 Solutions Streamlines Grocery E-commerce

1 hour 28 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad chats with T4 Solutions’ Steve Mehmert about the rapidly changing grocery industry and exciting technologies helping independent stores compete.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Is Food Service Right for Your Brand?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Have you overlooked a lucrative sales channel? Learn about the boundless opportunities for food and ag entrepreneurs to thrive in the diverse food service sector.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Flavor Temptations Finds Formula for Omnichannel Success

1 hour 31 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad interviews Flavor Temptations co-founder Sara Parthasarathy about dialing in a winning omnichannel strategy, pivoting during a pandemic, and the importance of scenario planning.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

The Truth About Making Money Value-Adding

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Value-added ag businesses are rarely instant moneymakers—they typically take time and a whole lot of learning. Discover what it really takes to launch and grow a thriving value-added enterprise.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Doudlah Farms Organics Builds a Regenerative Legacy

1 hour 10 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy talks with Doudlah Farms Organics owner Mark Doudlah about transitioning from conventional to organic, moving into regenerative agriculture, and growing a viable value-added ag business.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling