Operations

Operations

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.

When Growth Is Not the Smartest Strategy

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Business growth is generally a great goal—but getting bigger or broader isn’t always the best strategy. For some food and ag businesses, the smarter target may be max profitability.

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Farmer Brothers Distill Grains into Profits

1 hour 5 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy interviews Will Glazik of Cow Creek Organic Farm and Silver Tree Beer & Spirits to learn how he and his brothers are building upon their family farming legacy with a consumer brand and their own grain distillery

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Sisters Succeed with Simple Syrup, Soda Shop, and Subscriptions

1 hour 19 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Simple Goodness Sisters Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham share how they’ve launched and scaled their unique diversified farm-based business and what they’ll tackle next.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

From Founder to Team Builder—Are You Ready?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Founders can take their food businesses only so far before they max out their capacity. Unlocking the next phase of growth may require more hands on deck.

ZingTrain Leadership Development Workshop: Training That Transforms

12 hours of Free live in-person training by Edible-Alpha®

ZingTrain is coming to Madison to share a special 1.5-day leadership training master class for food-focused entrepreneurs like restaurateurs, food and beverage brands, food...

Hill Valley Dairy Broadens Family Legacy

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Ron Henningfeld, owner and cheesemaker at Hill Valley Dairy, drops by to discuss putting his own spin on a family farm business and expanding into new opportunities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

We Need to Talk About Food Safety

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Food contamination can happen at any stage from farm to fork, which means no food business can afford to slack on security measures. Learn how regulations and tech advances are ensuring a safer food supply.

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Grassway Organics Cultivates Community

1 hour 12 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy invites in Grassway Organics’ Chaz Self for an inspiring conversation about farming business models, growing a diversified ag operation, and regenerating local communities.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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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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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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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

The Biggest Risk to Your Food Business

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Tornadoes, droughts, ransomware, machinery malfunctions—all represent real risks for food producers. Learn why every manufacturer, whether a startup or scaled-up, should prioritize risk management.

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Acuity Insurance’s Manufacturing Pro Unpacks Risk Management

1 hour 31 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Acuity Insurance’s manufacturing consultant Michael Schlagenhaufer discusses the importance of optimizing operations and guarding against risks to the business.

Which Ecosystem Services Fit Your Farm?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Most farmers have heard they can be compensated for capturing carbon, preventing nutrient runoff or implementing a solar array on their land. But navigating plausible options can be complex. Here’s where to start.

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How Eco Practices Can Boost Farm Revenues

1 hour 7 minutes of Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

FFI founder Tera Johnson, now CEO of Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, helps farmers navigate the many conservation options now available to protect ecosystems while enhancing farm revenues.

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FACT Helps Farmers Raise Animals Humanely

56 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy welcomes Larissa McKenna of Food Animal Concerns Trust to discuss how livestock and poultry farmers can make their operations more humane, benefiting the animals, the environment and even their bottom line.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

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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.

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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...