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A business model, not a product, determines whether a food or beverage company makes money. Our resources help you learn what makes a profitable and fundable business model.

Lost Creek Farm Shares the Stories Behind Food

1 hour 12 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera connects with Mike Costello and Amy Dawson, who’ve revitalized Lost Creek Farm into a hub of Appalachian heritage. They grow heirloom veggies, forage the property and prepare exquisite farm-to-table dinners while sharing the rich cultural history behind the ingredients and dishes.

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It’s Go Time on Climate Change

Marked by a global pandemic, social unrest, political turmoil, natural disasters and a sudden and devastating economic downturn, 2020 has been brutal. And yet,...

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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...

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Brix Cider Pivots to Food Hub to Withstand Pandemic

49 minutes 56 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Brix Cider co-founder Marie Raboin talks with Tera about transitioning from taproom to food hub to continue supporting local farmers, feed the community and keep the lights on through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Regenerative Goat Dairy Explores Silvopasture Agroforestry

1 hour 4 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

When soil scientists Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband left Wisconsin to create a sustainable goat dairy farm and organic fruit orchard in central Illinois, they had their work cut out for them. But since becoming the state’s first licensed farmstead dairy in 2005, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery has expanded acreage, amassed a loyal following for its goat cheeses and gelato, and established a healthy agritourism business. Now, Wes and Leslie are further transforming their land to silvopasture, a regenerative agriculture practice that incorporates trees, prairie and grazing animals.

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Bread SRSLY Puts People Ahead of Profit

1 hour 4 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Sadie Scheffer, founder and CEO of Bread SRSLY, talks with Tera about creating a culture of empowered leaders and putting values ahead of profits.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How Women in Food Get Funded

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Women found innovative food and farm businesses all the time, yet they still have a harder time landing investment than male entrepreneurs do. Part of the issue is decision-makers in the investment world are predominantly men. Regardless, it is still entirely possible for female founders to raise money successfully. Gaining financial literacy is the first step. They need to be exceptionally well-versed in their needs and numbers and go into investment discussions with confidence.

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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.

Your Food Brand Belongs Online—But Where?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

If e-commerce wasn’t a priority for food brands before, COVID-19 has certainly made it one. Online food sales are soaring right now, and many shoppers want to buy direct from producers. A big part of your online strategy is deciding which online platforms to pursue. Our latest podcast explores how to figure this out. Also check out our free business tools to guide businesses during this tricky time, and remember to join our Monday virtual huddles for entrepreneurs and consultants.

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The Inside Scoop on Selling Online Today

1 hour 33 mins of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #66, Tera sits down with Matthew Starr, founder of Rally Energy, a caffeinated mint and cough lozenge brand based in Madison,...

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How Much Money Should You Really Raise?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Given the global pandemic, now might not seem like the best time to court investment. Well, it’s true the current economic climate isn’t ideal...

CFO Savvy for Growing Food Brands

1 hour 16 minutes of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #65, Tera interviews Heidi Huntington, vice president of finance at AVL Growth Partners in Boulder, Colorado, which lends finance and operations...

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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