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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Truth About Making Money Value-Adding

Lots of farms featured on the Edible-Alpha® podcast operate viable value-added businesses. Rustic Road Farm has a popular soup brand, for example, while B&E’s...

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.

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Why Discovery Is Key to Startup Success

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Food and farm entrepreneurs get a huge advantage by talking with potential customers when just starting out. Learn how spending sufficient time in discovery can inform product development and lead to business success.

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Field to Freezer Streamlines Meat Processing

55 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad chats with Field to Freezer founder Matt McCoy about what it takes to build a tech company and product in the food space.

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6 Entrepreneurship Lessons to Learn Now

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

For decades, many people who wanted to work in the food industry would try to land career jobs with big corporations. That’s not necessarily...

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Exploring the Arc of Entrepreneurship with Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori

1 hour 15 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad invites in Twi Pods founder Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori for a compelling conversation about the journey of entrepreneurship today and what it takes for food startups to break through and thrive.

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How Rustic Road Farm Became a Community Treasure

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy chats with Rustic Road Farm founder Marc Bernard about starting an organic farm from scratch, expanding the operation, and diversifying the business model for sustained success.

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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

10 minute Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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, unique, or delicious their product is, it won’t generate sales if nobody knows about it.

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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7 Success Strategies for Value-Added Ag

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

For farmers looking to diversify their income and boost total revenue, value-adding can be a great way to go. At its core, value-added agriculture...

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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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