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.

Organic Agriculture Wisconsin

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2017 Status Report

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

According to data from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), Wisconsin had 1,334 organic farms in 2015, nearly doubling over the last 10 years. Wisconsin remains the second state in the nation in total number of organic farms, second only to California. Wisconsin ranks third behind California and Montana in the number of organic acres.

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Wisconsin Local Food

What does “local food” mean to Wisconsin consumers?

4 page Free report brief by University of Wisconsin-Madison

What "local" means is not universally agreed upon. Most Wisconsin consumers (86%) agree that food grown in Wisconsin is local. Many (75%) consumers also feel that food grown within 50 miles and/or a one-hour drive from them is local.

Books or Guide about Operations for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

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Advisors and Feedback Are Essential to Food Business Success

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Most successful entrepreneurs have a network of support behind them, like an advisory team, board of directors and funders. These individuals provide mentorship and guidance that is invaluable for that company's success, augmenting what the entrepreneur and management team bring to the fold.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

True “Disruption” of Food Is Difficult

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Consumer tastes, preferences and expectations around food consumption and distribution are changing. People are demanding more healthy food while also sometimes making the foray into purchasing food items online, mostly non-perishable, potentially hollowing out the center of grocery stores.

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Fearless Farm Finances (The Book And Online Videos)

5+ hours of Free video (Book is Paid) by Edible-Alpha®

The updated Fearless Farm Finances 2nd Edition is a one-of-a-kind resource packed with instructions, tips and tools for setting up and managing a farm's financial system. Fearless Farm Finances covers farm financial management, farm data collection/organization, farm investment analysis, enterprise budgets, annual budgeting, business structure decisions, and more.

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Entity Formation for Your Food Business

1 hour and 10 minutes of Paid video by Edible-Alpha®

How you form your food, beverage or value-added agriculture business has huge implications for your particular business development and growth path, as well as regulatory and tax considerations. This includes what kinds of money you are able to raise.
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Market Trends in Food and Beverage - 2016video

Market Trends in Food and Beverage – 2016

50 minutes of Paid video by Edible-Alpha®

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.
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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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Weekly Cash Flow Forecast Template

Paid template by Edible-Alpha®

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.
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UW Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic

What’s In a Name? Trademark Protection for Your Food or Beverage Brand

40 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Since selling food or beverages like beer are about selling your brand, protecting that brand and its growth in value through the trademark process is very important. Trademarks should be distinct and evocative as opposed to generic and descriptive, mimizing the likelihood of confusion with other trademarked intellectual property.

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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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Legal Documents

Formation Documents, Raising Equity, and Protecting Recipes

30 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

The type of entity you form and the type of legal protections you undertake matters in terms of your strategic path to grow and what kinds of money you are able to raise to support that growth. When raising equity, find legal counsel that understands what you need to do to comply with securities law and its required disclosures to investors or potential investors.

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