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Try These 3 Food Business Ideas

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve received many compliments on your cooking, but you’re not too keen on opening a restaurant (long hours, evenings and weekends, and a competitive market), there are other ways you can turn your food passion into a food business.

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Topics: Food Production, Food Business

Check Out This Waste-Reducing Food Business Trend

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You've heard of the farm-to-table movement, where restaurants serve food using ingredients sourced from local farms. And while sometimes our media can feel oversaturated with food trends, the impact of the farm-to-table movement is mostly positive: boosting local agri-food supply chains and increasing sales for local farmers.

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Topics: Food Business

Don't Make This Common Food Packaging Mistake

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

After developing and testing your food or beverage product, the last thing you want to worry about is packaging. But as we’ve covered before, establishing good packaging practices keeps your product fresh and safe, and promotes and establishes your brand.

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Topics: Food Packaging

3 Ways to Up the Social Media Presence of Your Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

First of all, if you don't have social media for your food business, get it. Social media is a way for you to connect with your customers on a more personal level. It allows you to market yourself for FREE.

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Topics: Food Business

Starting a Food Business? Check Out These Resources

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In Canada, there are abundant resources designed to teach and inspire you — and ultimately — help your new food business succeed. So, if you’re starting a food business, here are some of the resources you need to take advantage of:

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Topics: Food Business

Are You A Food Entrepreneur? Success Is Possible

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Starting a business can be frightening; you're investing your time, money, and passion into a fiercely competitive market. And to build a successful food and beverage business, you have to be in it for the long haul — some businesses can take up to 15 years to build! But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To give you hope, here are some success stories you can find on shelves right now:

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Topics: Food Business

Food Safety Tips to Use in a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Food safety is important, especially when your business and the health and safety of your customers are on the line. Don’t take any chances or shortcuts. Use a food processing commercial kitchen. Build a reputation for going above and beyond requirements when it comes to food safety standards, and you will protect your customers, yourself and your business.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

Create Seasonal Food Products to Promote Your Brand

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The holiday season is here: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and soon New Year’s Eve. You might be feeling the pressure to up your sales during this high shopping season. But remember what all these celebrations have in common: food. Instead of spending more money on more marketing, why not create new seasonal food products instead?

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Topics: Food Production

What Is Processed Food? The Answer May Surprise You

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

With all the health-food movements available today, competing for your grocery dollars, sometimes it can be challenging to distinguish fact from fiction. Processed foods can end up with a bad reputation, because we often associate processed foods with high fat, sugar and salt, not to mention additives, preservatives, and artificial colours and flavours. But not all processed foods are as unhealthy as you might think. Many healthy processed foods are made right here in the OAFVC commercial kitchen.

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Topics: Food Processing

How Culinary Classes Promote Your Brand

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Consumers love to get behind-the-scenes access to their favourite products. Today’s informed consumers want to know how things are made and to have the inside scoop on trade secrets. Why not teach a culinary class to give your fans a look at what it’s like to create the food they love so much?

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

What's the Added Value of Working With a Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The value of working with a commercial kitchen is undeniable: there are so many benefits. But one of the best advantages of working with Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre is Sharpe’s Food Market. Sharpe’s is an award winning (Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year, silver, 2016) grocery store in downtown Campbellford, in Northumberland County. Sharpe’s has worked with OAFVC for a number of years to offer a retail location to sell products made in our commercial kitchen.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

Put a Commercial Kitchen in Your Food Truck Business Plan

Posted by OAFVC on Sep 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

If you are passionate about making food, serving people, and owning your own food business, then starting a food truck is a great decision. Food trucks are popular, fun, and have the potential to be very lucrative. The mobile convenience of bringing food to people is a huge benefit to consumers, and it’s one they are willing to pay for.

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Topics: Food Business