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The Three Pillars of Yumbutter’s Brand

Matt D'Amour of Yumbutter talks about the importance of having multiple things that distinguish your food brand so you can remain defensibly unique and mitigate the risk of competition. They joined the food scene when their category (nut butters) was not crowded yet and they were positioned well to overcome roadblocks.

Market Trends in Food and Beverage – 2016

There are many trends affecting consumers' interaction with and purchasing behavior with food, including the interest in local, organic, free-from and other claims.The consumer is overwhelmed with choice and retailers are trying to satisfy these trends to give them more choices given all of these niche diets and preferences.

Cash Flow Basics (For Farmers)

Tight cash flow can be challenging, even for the most experienced grower. For a beginning farmer, however, a cash flow crunch can quickly become a disaster. An annual cash flow projection is a very useful tool for a farm. You plot out on a month-by-month basis when cash income will be received and when cash expenses will need to be paid.

Weekly Cash Flow Forecast Template

Cash is not the same thing as net income, and most food companies burn up more of their cash on their balance sheet than on their income statement. This template helps model projected cash flow to help businesses properly manage cash.

Pricing Through Distribution Worksheet

Food and Beverage producers should always work backwards from the selling price to determine the wholesale price. Sometimes both retailer and distributor margins can be lower in certain competitive product categories and in large scale conventional distributors and retailer. However, it is difficult to sustain at a Gross Margin Contribution of less than 35%.

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

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.

Visualizing The Food System With Kitchen Sync Strategies

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.

Meadowlark Organics Forges Path to Farm Ownership

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #85, Tera talks with John Wepking about building Meadowlark Organics, a diversified...

Financing Food and Beverage Businesses, An Overview

Food, beverage and value-added agriculture businesses need to raise money serially in order to grow. And, they need different kinds of money at different stages of their growth path. And, specific sources of money are often for specific uses, and all of this needs to be documented.

poSaNa Example Investor Pitch Presentation

poSaNa organics is a manufacturer of best-in-class gluten-free cooking and baking mixes wholesaling to grocers and retailing directly online. This pitch deck is an example of an optimized pitch deck template to successfully raise money and communicate the company's business model.

Inform Your Due Diligence With Business Model Optimization Reports

A business model, not a product, determines whether a food or beverage company makes money.

Our Business Model Optimization Reports cover all dimensions of successful business models and come with supporting simulated proforma financial statements with real world, sector-specific assumptions so you can understand the realistic path to financial success.

Business Model Optimization Reports