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Manufacturing and Processing

Manufacturing and processing businesses are those that have manufacturing and/or processing on a large scale in-house as opposed to using a co-packer, sharing kitchen space, or using a retail kitchen. These can be tied to brands and can include lots of different products, including cheese, craft beer, distilleries, and other consumer packaged good (CPG).

Packaging Design and Private Label

Why Private Label Might Be A Great Business Decision

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Grocery stores have introduced their own branded "private label" products on their shelves, offering an opportunity for food producers to increase cash flow, maximize production efficiency and diversify revenue streams without having to do all of the brand building and customer relationship management themselves.

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SBA 504 Loans with Diane Byler of WBD

35 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

An SBA 504 loan is a special product that can only be offered by a Certified Development Company (CDC) like WBD in partnership with a local lender. The 504 loan is designed to help small businesses grow and create jobs by financing fixed assets like real estate and equipment through low, fixed rates and lower down payments (10%).

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Underground Food Collective’s Horizontally Integrated Business Model

5 minutes of Free video by Edible-Alpha®

Jonny Hunter of the Underground Food Collective talks about his company's horizontally integrated business model and the efficiencies of sharing a common a common brand, administrative services and marketing across multiple related business entities through shared ownership, experienced management and shared consumer insights.

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Wisconsin Food Processing Guide

Wisconsin Food Processing Guide

120 pages of Free report content by University of Wisconsin-Madison

This guide covers a wide array of topics, such as regulations and licensing, selecting a food processing facility, developing products, buying equipment, labeling and packaging, marketing, insurance and liability issues, and concludes with potential exit strategies when the time comes to close or sell the business.

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Running the Gauntlet: Leveraging Legal Rights and Regs in Craft Beer Startups

45 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Distribution rights matter a great deal for breweries and distilleries. Talking with a lawyer who has training and experience in the matter is the best way to protect the financial future of your beer brand. Whether or not you are a brewery vs. a brewpub matters a great deal to regulators.

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Black Earth Meats

Biological Farming and Human Scale Meat

1 hour & 35 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

To satisfy demand for local/organic meats, Barlett Durand needed consistent throughput and quality. Rather than scaling up to compete with large-scale industrialized meat processors or launching a direct to consumer farm, he began aggregating meat from existing local farms under the brand Black Earth Meats.

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The Conscious Carnivore

Black Earth Meats Evolves Into Conscious Carnivore

1 hour & 30 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Conscious Carnivore, a whole animal retail butcher shop in Madison, WI evolved from Black Earth Meats (Black Earth, Wisconsin), a larger scale meat production facility and wholesale brand due to business challenges and some of the advantages of retail.

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