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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

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

The Most Important Food Production Trends

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In today’s world, new trends emerge faster than we can read our Twitter feeds. And the food production industry is no exception. As more information about nutrition and consumption become available, trends change. Add in technological advances, which support new products and processes, and the trends are updated again.

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Topics: Food Production

How to Reduce Waste in Food Production

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 29, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Food waste is doubly dangerous: it hurts your small business’s bottom line and the environment. A major consideration when expanding your food production business is how to stay green and continue to be environmentally conscious, even though you are producing more.

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Topics: Food Production

Why Your Farm-to-Table Restaurant Needs a 2nd Commercial Kitchen

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

You have an exciting farm-to-table restaurant, which means you already have a commercial kitchen and the future looks bright for you. There couldn’t be a better time for farm-to-table experiences from tourism, health, and environmental perspectives. It’s also a foodie trend in Ontario.

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Topics: Food Production

Food Products You'd Be Surprised to Know Can Be Made in a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It’s amazing what you can find at a local farmers’ market. The creativity and the imagination of food entrepreneurs is fascinating. Food products range from the wildest barbecue sauces to every flavour of popcorn imaginable. The local food movement is wide open for business, and in a commercial kitchen, you can make just about anything.

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Topics: Food Production

Whole Food Product Entrepreneurs Need a Commercial Kitchen

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

If you’re currently on a whole foods diet, you want your food as minimally processed as possible. Raw is Rawesome.

It would seem at odds that a commercial kitchen would appeal to those who want foods to be as close to their natural state as possible. After all, a commercial kitchen is a place you go to process food, right?

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Topics: Food Production

Should You Become A Food Product Supplier?

Posted by OAFVC on Aug 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever had an idea for a food product but can’t find a manufacturer to make it? Or maybe you’re often trying to find a specific product for your food production business but have a difficult time doing so. Perhaps it’s time to consider manufacturing it yourself. There is a strong possibility that if your food production business needs it so will others, so why not fill that gap and become a food product supplier?

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Topics: Food Production

The Best Way to Start a Food Production Business

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

Small-scale food production is a growing business.

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Topics: Food Production

Can My Small-Farm Food Production Business Afford a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Small businesses, especially small-farm food product businesses, have tight margins. Profit is not always consistent, making planning for the long term difficult. Without a consistent income, it can be hard to lock into long term space or equipment leases. 

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Topics: Food Production

How to Expand Your Farm-to-Table Business Without Spending Too Much Money

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Your farm-to-table business is established and working like clockwork. It is a well-oiled machine: you have the equipment and the know-how to continue doing what you do best. But do you ever wonder about the ‘what ifs’? What if you tried adding this ingredient to make a new version of a current popular product? What if you added new products? What if you can find the space to store the extra crops that need processing before they start to turn?

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Topics: Food Production

How to Expand Your Network in the Organic Food Production Industry

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM

As an entrepreneur in the organic food production industry, it’s all on you to hustle hard, make connections, and market your business. And, of course, networking is a key tool to help you do all of that.

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Topics: Food Production