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Manufacturing decisions, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and permitting are all essential to building efficient and compliant operations. Our resources help food, beverage and value-added agriculture businesses learn the essentials so they can focus on getting profitable and raising money.

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

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

Driftless Provisions Slices into the Charcuterie Business

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

Tera talks with Driftless Provisions’ Ryan Wagner, Justin VerMeer and Spencer Schaller about growing from a tiny startup to a premium salami brand trusted for its humane sourcing and exceptional quality.

Podcast about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Meadowlark Organics Forges Path to Farm Ownership

1 hour and 2 minutes of Free podcast 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.

Podcast about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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

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

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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...

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

Pandemic Pivot: Finding New Business Opportunities

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every food and farm business in some way. But for all the roadblocks this situation has caused, it has also opened up new opportunities. That is why FFI has been talking about shifting business strategies in response to the pandemic and predicted recession. Could alternate sales channels, product offerings, or distribution models keep your company rocking?

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How Self-Manufacturing Helps Food Brands Be Nimble

51 minutes Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every food and farm business in some way. But for all the roadblocks this situation has caused, it has also opened up new opportunities. That is why FFI has been talking about shifting business strategies in response to the pandemic and predicted recession. Could alternate sales channels, product offerings, or distribution models keep your company rocking?

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

Building a Beverage Brand, from Foraging to Financing

1 hour 13 minutes of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Rachael Young of yaupon beverage brand YAYAYA joins Tera to talk about building a beverage brand around an unknown plant, working with copackers and courting investor partners who know the food space.