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What’s Inside the OAFVC: Food Product Development, and More

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

You may not have used a commercial kitchen facility like the Ontario Agri-Food Centre (OAFVC) before. To give you an idea of what the food production cycle looks like at a commercial kitchen, here are the 9 on-site products OAFVC offers local agricultural and food entrepreneurs, such as yourself:

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Topics: Food Processing

What We Love About Agri-Food in Northumberland County

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM

February is the month love comes to our minds. So we wanted to share with you what we love about agri-food in Northumberland County. There’s so much happening in the agri-food sector in our county, and we chose 5 parts of the agri-food chain we thought you’d love to know more about.

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Topics: Northumberland County

Get Some Valentine’s Day Food Packaging Ideas

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s the season of romance again and you should be prepared for the usual red, white, and pink hearts for your Valentine’s Day food packaging. Sure, you can argue that the regular themes are a bit overused but they set the tone of the day and someone, somewhere once decided they should be associated with romance and going against that grain could be tricky. 

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Topics: Food Packaging

What's Inside the OAFVC: The Food Processing Room

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

A food processing room has everything your agri-food business needs to safely and efficiently get your products flying off the shelf this year.  Using a commercial kitchen’s food processing room is a great way to support local businesses while expanding your own.  

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Topics: Food Processing

What's Inside the OAFVC: Inside a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Curious about how your business can grow with the help of a commercial kitchen? Northumberland County’s Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) is where your food business can leverage modern appliances to see the growth and increased profits you are striving for.  If there’s some mystery about what goes on inside the OAFVC, let’s shine some light on what a commercial kitchen can do.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

How to Understand Your Food Business Competition

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you are just starting out in the food business - getting to know your future competition is vital to properly assessing what your company is going to offer. When you analyze and benchmark what your competition is doing or why they are succeeding so well; you can turn it into a strategy that works for your own company.

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Topics: Food Business

Here’s What Not to Do As a Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There is great advice available on what to do as a food business owner, like create and follow a business plan and network to make connections and new opportunities or if you’re about to become one, it’s crucial to know what not to do. You want to provide the best possible product for your customers and have them coming back often so let’s look into how to make that happen and what pitfalls to avoid.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Expand Into New Customer Markets with your Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you have been running a successful food business and are established in your current market - it’s time to think about expanding into new markets. Expanding into new markets allows you to keep momentum from past success and can help your business survive tough times. A whole new market for your products transfers the quality of your brand, that your customers already love, and entices them to invest more in a brand they already trust.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Become a Better Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As an entrepreneur, you are probably tempted to take on every role in your food business to save time and money. It is after all your business. As a small business owner chances are your motivation comes from loving doing things on your own terms; determining your work hours and choosing the direction you want the company to grow - so the obvious choice is to get it all done on your own. 

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Topics: Food Business

3 Steps to Sustainable Business Growth As a Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When you’re just starting out in any business, your start-up capital is a precious and limited resource. If sustainably growing your business is a goal, consider how to create long-term value while not draining your financial resources. . There are a few ways to do it, let’s dive into a few below.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Keep Food Business Costs Low

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Constantly monitoring margins and costs as a food entrepreneur is a tricky minefield to navigate, especially if your expanding your business. The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) provides small business solutions for every aspect of your business. Let’s take a look at a few ways the OAFVC can help you keep your food business costs low.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Promote Your New Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Retailers know that pre-orders are crucial to the successful launch of a product, but how do you as a new, small business food entrepreneur create hype around a product that you haven't launched yet or that you might not have a brick and mortar store for?

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Topics: Food Business