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Adam Haen

Essential Advice For Food Startups

15 minute Free read by Adam Haen

Startup food businesses have a multitude of things to consider and do before they every make their product commercially for customers. This guide walks new and aspiring food and beverage business owners through these essential considerations, everything from finding a good mentor to insurance to pricing.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Big Idea

Execution Matters More Than Your Big, Brilliant Idea

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Entrepreneurship and the "Eureka" moment where the entrepreneur has their big, brilliant idea is often glorified in the media and American mythology. What is more difficult is figuring out how to execute on that idea by building the right team/processes and optimizing every aspect of the business for long-term financial success.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Storytelling

What’s Your Story? Speaking To Your Audiences’ Needs

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

With consumers, entrepreneurs should develop in-depth personas about their target customer and use the language that speaks directly to their unmet need. When speaking to funders, entrepreneurs need to tell the story of their business model, their revenue model and their brand positioning i.e. the story they reinforce with consumers.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Grocery Store Categories Growth

Define It: Categories In Action

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

What category means in the context of a grocery store is difficult to define. Categories could be defined as groups of products that meet a similar consumer need or that can substitute for each other. This allows something like snacks, as a category, to cover many different types of products and have a plethora of sub-categories (salty snacks, sweet snacks, etc.).

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

Food And Tech

Innovation in Food Is Different Than Tech

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Big food companies realize that they need to innovate. Rather than innovating only in-house, many have been acquiring or strategically investing in new brands at a rapid pace. Innovation in food needs to be matched with an emotional and cultural connection to the consumer through relentless communication about food company's brand promise.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Disrupts Distribution And Presents Opportunities

20 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

There are many reasons why selling food online is difficult. When cognitive neuroscientist track our brain activity as it relates to food, they find that the pleasure centers of our brains light up when we eat and even when we shop. This acquisition opens the possibility that consumers can benefit without degrading their shopping experience.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Grocery Store Produce Section

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

Food Supply Chain

Building A Defensibly Unique Food Supply Chain

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Building markets and the supply chain relationships necessary to support them requires a long-term vision that aligns consumers, suppliers, funders and their brand. But, if it is properly built and capitalized, it can lead to a defensibly unique business model that allows that food company to be built to last.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Amazon Prime

Food Businesses Need To Pay For Space And Attention, Even on Amazon

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Because the food space is competitive, online and off, emerging food companies have to spend lots of marketing and sales dollars to get consumer attention and trial by paying to have their product in the right place with the right positioning.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Goal Setting

Focused Prioritization Helps Good Food And Farm Businesses Reach Break-Even

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Food entrepreneurs will always have lots of goals competing for their attention. Good entrepreneurs know how to prioritize goals and optimize their efforts for the goals they are pursuing as priorities. This allows them to build financially successful companies and, over time, pursue many more big, hairy, audacious goals than they would have otherwise.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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