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Maybe you have a long-held family recipe for bread, an award-winning recipe for barbecue sauce, a new passion for making kombucha or you have cracked the code for the perfect gluten-free treat the whole family loves. You make your delicious hobby for friends and family and everyone tells you that you have to sell your product and turn your passion into a business. You can't get the idea out of your mind and you have started to wonder if it is a good idea. I believe the best way to start your dream is at a farmers market. There are a number...

Labels serve two purposes. To get you off the shelf into people's carts - this is a time when a book is being judged by its cover - and to comply with FDA regulations. As consumers we are faced with decision fatigue and the right messaging to your target customer is crucial when you are not there to educate them on why your product is so amazing. I recently met with a food brand that is ready to go into wholesale. They proudly showed me their health department approved label. I had to take a deep breath. I don't know why...

Its Farmers Market Season and that means CASH FLOW! Don't miss out on sales from poor merchandising and execution. Draw people in and then get them hooked on your product with these tips. Also, check out my Facebook Live segment #FarmersMarketFriday with more great tips and tricks. Video #1 (4/19/19) Representing Your Brand Now is a good time to rethink your booth.  This is the first impression a potential customer has with your brand and you want it to stand out!  Please replace that ratty tablecloth and get one that has a logo with your colors or more in line with your brand. I...

Today I am preparing for a podcast interview with Katie Mleziva of Real Food Brands and she asked for a list of resources I recommend for every food entrepreneur. I started making a list and realized I should just create a blog so her listeners and all of you can easily find them. It is so important to take time everyday to think about your business. Learning new ideas, evolving as a human and entrepreneur are key to your success. One note of caution is that it easy to take in too much in this Neflix binge culture we find ourselves...

Ahhh August. Pools and barbecues, festivals and farmers markets AND ribbons, tissue paper, winter flavors and inventory.  If you are in the business of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) then August also means holiday planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas and this is especially true for food businesses. The big players in the food industry (think any major grocery retailer or food brand) have a holiday strategy that starts 10-18 months out and you need one to.  No matter your size, a strategic holiday plan can mean the difference between ending in the red or the black at the end of the year....