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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?

Add Seasonal Ingredients to Your Regular Product Line

You'll be using the same ingredients you always use in your food production business and just adding a few seasonal ingredients to change your product. Here’s a list ingredients to consider adding to your seasonal food products.

Ingredients for Seasonal Food Production

Herbs & Spices

Veggies

Fruits

Sweets

Savoury

Nuts/Seeds

Allspice

Anise

Black pepper

Caraway

Cardamom

Cinnamon

Clove

Coriander

Cumin

Garlic

Ginger

Marjoram

Mint

Nutmeg

Parsley

Rosemary

Saffron

Sage

Thyme

Beet

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Carrots

Celery roots

Leeks

Mushrooms

Onions

Parsnips

Potatoes

Radishes

Root vegetables

Sprouts

Squash

Sweet potatoes

Turnips

Zucchini

Apples

Cherries

Cranberries

Currants

Figs

Lemons

Oranges

Pears

Pumpkins

Apple pie

Brown sugar

Butter tarts

Caramel

Cheesecake

Chocolate

Cream

Licorice

Maple

Shortbread

Sugar cookies

Trifle

Vanilla

Butter

Cornbread

Eggnog

Horseradish

Pine resin (yep, it’s in mulled wine)

Chai

Oatmeal




Cashews

Chestnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Coconut



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OAFVC Product Development Lab and Consulting

At the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre, we can help you with each stage of product development. Our business consulting services can help you research and choose a product that will appeal to your target audience. Then, you can experiment and test at the OAFVC product development and quality control lab. Food Technologists are available for hire as required. We also have chefs on staff to consult with tasting. We even have a graphic designer to help you create new labels that show off your seasonal food products. Simply create, then watch your new product fly off the shelves.

Get Started on Developing Seasonal Food Products

Avoid these 3 common roadblocks to expanding your food production business.

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References

https://naturalfactors.com/articles/the-uses-and-benefits-of-popular-winter-spices/

https://www.spicely.com/collections/winter-spices

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/great-canadian-cookbook/photos/great-canadian-thanksgiving-recipes/

https://ottawacitizen.com/life/food/are-these-10-things-on-your-thanksgiving-list-they-should-be

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/great-canadian-cookbook/traditional-christmas-foods-across-canada/

https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide

Topics: Food Production