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.

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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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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?

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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.

Can Going Direct-to-Consumer Save Your Business?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a whopping 54% of America’s food purchases came from foodservice. Not anymore. With dine-in restaurants, food courts and cafeterias now...

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Regenerating a Family Farm for the Future

1 hour 24 mins of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #64, Tera catches up with Bryce and Jen Riemer of Riemer Family Farm in Brodhead, Wisconsin, which Bryce’s grandfather started in...

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Huddle Notes from April 6th, 2020

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The huddles this week focused on how the current situation for food and farm businesses is going to go on for a while and coming out of it will be very slow.

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Is Bankruptcy Best? How Food Businesses Can Decide

1 hours of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

With the COVID-19 crisis assailing most food businesses, entrepreneurs must take a hard look at cashflow and decide: try to keep going or close up shop? Consultant Bartlett Durand talks with Tera about the realities of bankruptcy (it’s not a moral failing!), the leverage that small businesses have, how bankruptcy lawyers can help, and the measures that can best protect companies’ interests whether they opt to forge ahead or fold. This podcast is loaded with useful information and strategies to help food and farm entrepreneurs through the current economic downturn.

Help Is Here: Survival Strategies for Food and Farm Businesses

20 minute read Free by Edible-Alpha®

This on-demand course features FFI Director, Tera Johnson, walking you through how to use FFI’s 13-week cash flow template. We encourage you to follow along...

How Food and Farm Businesses Can Survive This Pandemic

1 hours of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Ted LeBow of Kitchen Table Consultants joins Tera to offer guidance for food and farm entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the importance of staying calm, knowing your cashflow, prioritizing certain expenses to free up cash and communicating honestly with vendors, suppliers and banks.

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Franchising Food Businesses With Jason Schleip

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Franchisers make money through initial franchise fee for setup costs, controlling product sales (by buying product, then selling to the stores after marking it up), and royalties, which come off of top line sales of the franchised business in return for the support and process development of the franchiser. This is often the biggest source of income for franchisers.

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Food Systems Development – Where Does The Government Fit In?

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out where multiple actors in the food system can best fit and work together. But, when the private and public sectors work together to speak the same language and align their goals, a lot of good can happen.

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Visualizing The Food System With Kitchen Sync Strategies

1 hour of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Kitchen Sync gets different people at the table – including the private sector – using the right language to invite everyone in to a problem solving and solutions-based session that meets their values and needs, rather than trying to change minds about those fundamental concepts. In bringing those people to the table, they are also better able to visualize and communicate the multitude of actors it will take to improve the food system for the long term.

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“Rolling Up Your Sleeves” – How KTC Does Effective Food Business Consulting

1 hour of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

The heart of Kitchen Table Consultants' work is one-on-one coaching with food and farm clients, but as their work has grown they have started helping other organizations provide better technical assistance. Rather than just make plans or recommendations for clients, it is critically important to their firm’s mission and values that they “roll up their sleeves” alongside the clients to help them implement their recommendations.

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Measure What Matters In Your Context

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Quantitative measurement of key business drivers brings focus and clarity to what can be a chaotic process of entrepreneurship and provides direction that proves to be a north star during times of trial.

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Hospital-Based Farming – A Bridge To Community Health And Wellness

55 minutes of Free audio content by Edible-Alpha®

The farm isn’t just a physical location that grows produce - it is part of a commitment by the hospital system to extend healthcare and wellness beyond the hospital campus and empower the community to lead healthier lives. They operate a CSA, a farmers market, community events and a Product To Patients program.

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Leveraging Plant Based Foods For Rural Prosperity

1 hour & 10 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Great Falls is seeking to leverage its reputation as the “Golden Triangle” to grow its larger scale producers (as opposed to smaller scale, cottage food industry producers) for larger domestic markets. Consumer demand is suggesting the best path lays in fulfilling a plant forward diet.

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Your Food Business Has A Life Of Its Own

Your Food Business Has A Life Of Its Own

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

What started as one person's idea or passion quickly turns into a complex branded relationship with a customer supported by complex manufacturing processes and multiple sales, marketing and other staff to support the business growth. While businesses go through "growth spurts", the life of a business that is built to last is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Peter Robertson Of RPs Pasta

Peter Robertson of RP’s Pasta On Managing Growth And Changing With The Consumer

1 hour & 10 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

A trip to Expo West in 2010 validated the demand and uniqueness of RP's gluten-free SKUs, generating demand that spawned rapid growth of the brand on a more national level, which can be challenging to manage the customer relationships and the right equipment setup/space to match production with demand.

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Great Food Entrepreneurs Are Always Learning

Great Food Entrepreneurs Are Always Learning

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

The best entrepreneurs are getting constant feedback from their customers, reaching out to potential mentors for advice and attending industry events and tradeshows to network with and learn from their peers and industry veterans. This learning can lead entrepreneurs to radically change directions in their business model, product or packaging.

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