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What You Didn't Know A Commercial Kitchen in Ontario Should Have

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A good commercial kitchen should be more than just a place for you to cook food. It should be a place where all of your needs are met from processing to marketing.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

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

Keep Your Agri-Food Business Green with a Commercial Kitchen

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

Running your own agri-food business is an incredibly rewarding venture. 

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

Get the Best Food Packaging and Labelling Services for Your Business

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Your label is the face of your product: it’s what catches a consumer’s eye and entices them to pick up your product and give it a try. As a natural food entrepreneur you’re passionate about the product you make and you probably have some top-notch ideas for your label. 

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Topics: Food Packaging

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

How to Operate Your Farm-to-Table Business Long Distance

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

If you run a farm-to-table business, chances are most of your operations take place on a farm. You work hard, and farm life is great — the outdoors, early mornings, physical activity, and doing what you love, all beat the 9-5 suit-and-tie office grind — until it’s time to process all that food you’ve harvested. If you don’t have a commercial kitchen or food storage space on site, farm life can begin to feel a little stressful.

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Topics: Food Production

Turn Your Food Passion Into Small-Batch Food Production

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

You’ve established yourself as a local farmers’ market favourite. Now you’re ready to take the next step to a larger operation. You want to see the products from your small-batch food production business in local supermarkets. You’re passionate, motivated, and you have great ideas for business expansion. But your business can’t thrive on passion alone. 

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Topics: Food Production

How to Keep Your Local Food Production, Local

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

You run a local food production business so you understand the value of the “Support Local” movement. Supporting local businesses puts money and jobs back into your community — and adds character. It also generates capital for more local businesses. If you’re interested in supporting local businesses with your small food production start-up, here are some tips.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen

What If I Want My Business to Go Beyond Food Production?

Posted by OAFVC on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There's more to the beverage and food production than just producing good, local, fresh food and drink (though that is, of course, important); it's still a business with practical realities. At Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) we have more than just a commercial kitchen to meet the needs of a small food production business, offering services from packaging your product to marketing and business consulting.

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Topics: Food Production

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