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Want to Own Your Own Company? The Pros and Cons of a Food Business

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

Food business ownership requires commitment, hard work, and most of all, passion. If you’re considering owning your own food business you probably already have a healthy serving of passion. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide if you should make the leap.

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Topics: Food Business

What Is the Food Tempering Process and Why Do You Need It?

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

Food tempering isn’t just used for chocolate. In fact, the word "temper" has Latin, French and old English roots, and refers to controlling or moderating temperature. Tempering is therefore relevant to many aspects of cooking. But even in the context of food production, the food tempering process can refer to different things. Here are three types of food tempering processes you should know about.

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Topics: Food Processing

Do You Know the Best Food Storage Options for Your Business?

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Business is booming at your established food business, and you’re producing in higher volumes to meet demand — but the storage that was working well before, just isn’t cutting it anymore. Your co-packer has some storage facilities, but scaling up your business with your co-packer is going to be expensive, and you’re wondering what other storage options are on the table.

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Topics: Food Processing

Stress Management Tips for Food Entrepreneurs

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

Starting or growing your small business is exciting, but it’s also stressful and can put you at risk for burnout. Especially as we near the holidays, having some good stress management techniques in place could help you avoid burnout and continue working to build your business. We’ve put together some tips below:

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Topics: Food Business

Food Safety Tips from OAFVC

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

At OAFVC, we’re strong advocates for food safety practices, including hand washing, wearing gloves, and hair nets. Our fruit and vegetable processing room — great for cold pressing, dehydrating, slicing, dicing, and more — requires additional food safety practices. So here’s a run down of some other best practices all food processors should know.

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Topics: Food Processing

4 Sure-Fire Craft Beer Trends That Will Perform

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

Did you know that a food processing commercial kitchen can help you grow your craft beer business? OAFVC’s commercial kitchen has a product development lab where you can try out new ideas.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

How to Avoid Risk in Food Product Development

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

New product development is the catalyst for growth in any industry, and the food industry is no different. However, food product development can be a high-risk endeavour. OAFVC offers free business consulting for starting or expanding your food business.

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Topics: Food Business

3 Cooking Tips to Save Time in A Commercial Kitchen

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

Saving time is important in all areas of your business because saving time often saves money; in this context, a commercial kitchen is one of the most valuable places to increase efficiency. The more product you can process each time you book OAFVC’s commercial kitchen, the more you can potentially sell. Plus, you can book rentals according to your schedule. Try implementing some time-saving cooking tips used by professional chefs, commercial caterers, and household cooks.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

How to Sell Out at Your Local Farmers’ Market

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

So, you’ve got a booth at your local farmers’ market, but your sales haven’t been as high as you’d like. Don’t worry, there are some quick, easy, and super-effective ways to increase your farmers' market sales.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Expand Food Processing With 3 Easy Baby Food Recipes

Posted by OAFVC on Oct 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Looking to expand your food processing business? Consider adding a baby food line. Baby food is an easy-to-make product that is in high demand especially if it's organic, healthy, and nutritious. For 2018, the forecast market value of the baby food industry in Canada is 147.5 million dollars.

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Topics: Food Processing

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