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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

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

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

7 Low Investment Food Business Ideas to Help You Expand

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

If you have an established food business but you’re worried it’s getting stagnant, here are some low cost ideas you can experiment with:

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Topics: Food Business

3 Tips on How to Start a Food Business

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

So you’ve got an idea for a new food product. Maybe it’s a great product you can’t believe doesn’t exist in stores, or an old family recipe you want to share with the world. You’ve heard Ontario is a great place to start a food business: near farms for direct access to raw ingredients; access to support networks and funding programs; and lots of roads connecting you to the rest of North America, so you can distribute your product with relative ease. But that’s also made it a competitive place for food businesses. So where do you start, and how do you succeed?

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Topics: Food Business

Free Business Consulting for Starting or Expanding Your Food Business

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

For businesses looking to use our facility, staff at the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) are available to discuss your external funding applications, product, packaging, and business development needs, self-study analysis, and to give general business advice. In conjunction with the Business Advisory Centre Northumberland, and our many other partners, you can get your business-services help for free.

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Topics: Food Business

How Do You Take Your Agri-Food Business to a Commercial Kitchen?

Posted by OAFVC on Jun 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Congratulations! Your customer base is expanding and you’re filling larger and larger orders. Finally, all the hard work and sacrifice is paying off. But with bigger volume food production comes bigger volume problems, like: how do you know when to move your small-batch food production to a commercial kitchen?

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Topics: Food Business