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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.

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.

Help Is Here: Survival Strategies for Food and Farm Businesses

20 minute read Free by Edible-Alpha®

This on-demand course features FFI Director, Tera Johnson, walking you through how to use FFI’s 13-week cash flow template. We encourage you to follow along...

How Food and Farm Businesses Can Survive This Pandemic

1 hours of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Ted LeBow of Kitchen Table Consultants joins Tera to offer guidance for food and farm entrepreneurs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss the importance of staying calm, knowing your cashflow, prioritizing certain expenses to free up cash and communicating honestly with vendors, suppliers and banks.

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Scared to Talk Money? Don’t Be—You Got This

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Many food and farm entrepreneurs know their way around a kitchen or carrot crop, but when it comes to the financial stuff, they feel...

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Disrupting a Category with Innovation, Authenticity and Sustainability

1 hours of Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In creating Saffi Foods, Sascha Dhanjal has brought top chefs and foodservice companies authentic oils and vinegars from Chile, Spain and Mexico. Retail has been a somewhat tougher sell, but Sascha embraces the challenge of disrupting the bulk liquids category. Offering a custom dispenser and reusable bottles, Saffi Foods delivers product attributes consumers crave: superior quality, traceability and sustainability. This podcast offers inspiration and advice for entrepreneurs at all stages, whether test-driving a concept or expanding distribution.

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The Secret to Breaking Into Retail

Food entrepreneurs believe passionately in their products (why else would they invest all the blood, sweat and tears?) and feel strongly that consumers...

The Importance of Getting New Food Products ‘Retail Ready’

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #60, Tera catches up with consultant Alli Ball, creator of the Retail Ready online course and the Food Biz Wiz podcast....

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

Got a Unique Product? Factor Education into Budget and Bandwidth

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Some of the most innovative food products are a tough sell for consumers. It’s not that these items aren’t amazing. In fact, they may...

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Innovation and Differentiation Drive Success for Century Sun Oil

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #59, Tera talks with Dale and Pam Johnson, owners of Century Sun Oil in Pulaski, Wisconsin. They produce high-oleic organic sunflower...

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

How an Online Strategy Can Supercharge Small Brands

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Historically, getting products into brick-and-mortar grocery stores was the best way to for food entrepreneurs and farmers to reach consumers. This is still a...

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

How Rural Food Businesses Can Thrive—and Revive Communities

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

Starting with five small cheese factories in 1991, Paul has grown his company into a major producer of ethnic cheeses. Now operating one modern facility in a 700-person town, Specialty Cheese employs 250 people from a wide radius, thanks to its innovative rideshare and childcare programs. This podcast highlights the company’s positive impact on Dodge County and beyond and will inspire other food and ag entrepreneurs to capitalize on the countless business opportunities rural America holds.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Generating Income In A Small Diversified Vegetable Farm

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #57, Tera speaks with Abby and David Bachhuber from Lovefood Farm, a small, profitable, diversified organic vegetable farm in the Madison,...

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

Adapting Farm Business Models for Sustained Profitability

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

We know it takes grit to be an entrepreneur, and in this day-and-age it takes a special kind of grit to be a farm...

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

Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirt – Creating a Diversified Agritourism Business

1 hour Free podcast by Edible-Alpha®

In Edible-Alpha® podcast #56, Tera speaks with Mary Ann Bellazzini from Campo Di Bella winery, farm and farm-to-table restaurant. Campo Di Bella is a...

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

Where Is Your Growth Path?

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

The answer to "where is your growth path" lies in the company's business model and their willingness to find creative solutions to how they can grow their unique brand and strengths. No path is easy, but we encourage entrepreneurs to consider creative ways they could grow, including horizontally, to reach profitability and sustainability.

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

3 Ways To Visualize (And Improve) Your Food Business

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

The business model canvas, the competitor matrix and sales forecast by channel can help visualize key aspects of food businesses as they seek to grow and get profitable, keeping important high-level business opportunities top of mind while allowing things to evolve.

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What Makes A Good Food Business Consultant?

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

If you can determine that the consultants you are looking at can ask the right questions and challenge you, including about your business model and financial plan, you can form a meaningful partnership with that consultant.

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

Hospital-Based Farming – A Bridge To Community Health And Wellness

55 minutes of Free audio content by Edible-Alpha®

The farm isn’t just a physical location that grows produce - it is part of a commitment by the hospital system to extend healthcare and wellness beyond the hospital campus and empower the community to lead healthier lives. They operate a CSA, a farmers market, community events and a Product To Patients program.

Podcast about Operations for businesses that are Startups

All Organizations – Food Pantries Included – Can Innovate On Their Business Model

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

The business model is the sum of all the things that ensures the organization sustainably makes money and delivers on its core products, services and mission. What many food entrepreneurs don't often realize is that innovation comes not just in the form of new products or services, but also in their business model.

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

Transforming a Food Pantry into an Engine for Rural Prosperity

1 hour & 15 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

The Livingston Food Resource Center is a nonprofit food pantry and service provider serving a county of 17,000 people in rural Montana with a food acquisition model to purchase directly from area farmers and ranchers. Kitchen rental, value-added processing, community room rental and catering all provide earned income for their operations.

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

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