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.

Tera Johnson Shares FFI’s Impact and Opportunities

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

Interim director Sarah Larson interviews Tera about founding the Food Finance Institute and growing its impact over eight years—and what’s next to come.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

3 Lessons from a Leading Food Hub

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

We’ve been talking a lot about food hubs lately. These vital organizations—sometimes structured as nonprofits, sometimes as for-profits and sometimes as a blend—build up...

Dynamic Rhode Island Food Hub Connects Farmers and Eaters

1 hour 20 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Jesse Rye gives Tera the scoop on this innovative, multifaceted food hub that’s strengthening New England’s regional food ecosystem.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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

8 Ways to Ace Farm-to-Consumer Sales

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Most farmers aren’t natural-born marketers or experienced at direct sales. For many, the whole idea is scary. But with 93% of Americans buying products online last year and more people wanting relationships with local producers, farmers should strongly consider tapping into this booming market.
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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.

How to Make Food Hubs Financially Viable

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The food industry consists of many rungs, meaning there are a wealth of business opportunities. Some are obvious, such as growing food crops, manufacturing...

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

6 Reasons Why Foodservice and Farms Should Launch Food Brands

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Entrepreneurs who run foodservice businesses and even farms have many built-in advantages when launching food (CPG) brands. Here's why restauranteurs, proprietors and producers should seriously consider it.

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

Could Local Meat Processors Be the Next Craft Breweries?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

America’s meat industry is a lot like how beer was in the 1980s, with a handful of giant corporations controlling the lion’s share of...

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

Huddle Notes from May 3rd, 2021

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The huddle this month focused on what’s going on in agriculture and a look at alternative packaging options and recycling initiatives. Listen to the...

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...