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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.

Connoils Scales from One-Woman Op to One-Stop Shop

41 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Stacy Peterson, founder and CEO of Connoils, joins Tera to discuss growing her oil ingredients company from a one-woman operation to a booming international business with a new 25,000-square-foot facility.

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Meadowlark Organics Forges Path to Farm Ownership

1 hour and 2 minutes of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Tera and John Wepking discuss Meadowlark Organics’ farm transition journey, from securing the first loan to buy breeding cattle to building the infrastructure to mill organic small grains on-site, all under the mentorship of an experienced farmer.

Podcast about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Breadtopia Builds off Pandemic Business Boom

1 hour 25 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Breadtopia’s Galen Saturley tells Tera all about the early e-commerce company’s roots, growth trajectory and skyrocketing sales through the pandemic.

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Paul Willis Talks Scaling up Humanely Raised Pork

42 minutes 58 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Famous founder Paul Willis of Niman Ranch joins Tera to discuss staying true to his values and scaling up humanely raised, pasture-raised pork to the benefit of small farmers and consumers nationwide.

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Gary Zimmer Shares How Healthy Soil Yields Success

47 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Gary Zimmer, the father of biological farming and founder of Midwestern BioAg, and daughter Leilani Zimmer join Tera to talk the importance of nutrient-stocked, structurally sound soil.

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Scaling Managed Dairy Grazing for Max Impact

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

Tera talks with Joe Tomandl of Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship about the massive potential for managed grazing to promote farm succession, help mitigate climate change, localize food systems and revive rural communities.

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Urban Ag Venture Blends Business and Social Mission

1 hour 11 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Mark and Judy Thomas of Garfield Produce Co. join Tera to discuss creating job opportunities for men facing employment barriers with their vertical, hydroponic microgreens farm. Based in a rough Chicago neighborhood, this innovative for-profit business/social enterprise uplifts vulnerable community members while supplying high-quality specialty produce.

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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...

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling | Startups | Pre-Venture

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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?

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Startups | Pre-Venture | Growing and Scaling

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.
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