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.

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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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,...

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

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Why Aren’t There More Meat Processors?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

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...

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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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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...

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 course content 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 course content 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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling