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.

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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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...

Article about Sales and Marketing for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Transparency and Trust Fuel The Honest Bison’s Rapid Online Growth

1 hour 37 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

The Honest Bison founder Sean Lenihan talks with Tera about being an early e-commerce food company, connecting consumers to their food sources, offering total transparency and great value to earn trust, and how to navigate the rapidly changing food space during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Lost Creek Farm Shares the Stories Behind Food

1 hour 12 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera connects with Mike Costello and Amy Dawson, who’ve revitalized Lost Creek Farm into a hub of Appalachian heritage. They grow heirloom veggies, forage the property and prepare exquisite farm-to-table dinners while sharing the rich cultural history behind the ingredients and dishes.

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It’s Go Time on Climate Change

Marked by a global pandemic, social unrest, political turmoil, natural disasters and a sudden and devastating economic downturn, 2020 has been brutal. And yet,...

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For Atlantic Sea Farms, Mission Drives Market

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

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #75, Tera interviews Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, the nation’s first commercial seaweed farm, based in Saco, Maine. Since...

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Brix Cider Pivots to Food Hub to Withstand Pandemic

49 minutes 56 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Brix Cider co-founder Marie Raboin talks with Tera about transitioning from taproom to food hub to continue supporting local farmers, feed the community and keep the lights on through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Regenerative Goat Dairy Explores Silvopasture Agroforestry

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

When soil scientists Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband left Wisconsin to create a sustainable goat dairy farm and organic fruit orchard in central Illinois, they had their work cut out for them. But since becoming the state’s first licensed farmstead dairy in 2005, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery has expanded acreage, amassed a loyal following for its goat cheeses and gelato, and established a healthy agritourism business. Now, Wes and Leslie are further transforming their land to silvopasture, a regenerative agriculture practice that incorporates trees, prairie and grazing animals.

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Bread SRSLY Puts People Ahead of Profit

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

Sadie Scheffer, founder and CEO of Bread SRSLY, talks with Tera about creating a culture of empowered leaders and putting values ahead of profits.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Scout Canning Makes Shelf-Stable Seafood Sustainable

1 hour 3 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Adam Bent of Scout Canning talked with Tera about shaking up the stale canned seafood category and taking on the problematic industry by operating sustainably.

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Upcycled Food: A Business Model for Planet and Profit 

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Food and farm entrepreneurs are taking action against food waste and its impact on climate change by championing upcycled food. Repurposing otherwise-discarded food into value-add ingredients and products is both sustainable and a smart business strategy. Learn about brands making real change and how you can join the upcycled food movement.

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Transforming ‘Waste’ into Wow-Worthy Beverages

1 hour 3 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera chats with Paul Evers of Riff Cold Brewed Coffee about the importance of branding and connecting with consumers, turning otherwise-wasted ingredients into value-add products and reducing the coffee industry’s carbon footprint.

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Supply Chain as Puzzle Pieces

Safeguard Your Supply Chain Against Future Upheaval

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in the food and beverage supply chain and caught many brands off-guard. To better withstand future interruptions to the flow of goods, food businesses should take action now to map out their value chain, identify risks, craft contingency plans and monitor movement closely.

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Reshaping the Supply Chain for Max Efficiency

1 hour 4 min of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Brad Rostowfske, of Raise the BAR Innovation and FaB Wisconsin, sits in with Tera for an in-depth discussion on the food and beverage supply chain before COVID-19, currently and going forward. They discuss the many preexisting pain points and inefficiencies that the pandemic has now exacerbated and map out a more dynamic, interconnected, transparent system for the future.

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