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How to Use Your Bounty for Charitable Giving

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

As a food business owner, you know the importance of charitable giving to support your local community, especially those less fortunate. No matter where you live, homelessness, hunger, or poverty affects someone in your community;

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Topics: Food Business

How to Make Healthy Food for Your Food Business

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

Healthy food isn’t just a trend; for many, it’s a way of life. So, this blog post doesn’t have the latest fad recipes. It’s about maximizing the healthy food lifestyle for your food business.

According to a Forbes, “the unfortunate reality is that the foods we eat are the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.”

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Topics: Food Business

How to Practice Mindfulness in Your Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Nov 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Mindfulness is a frequently used term that can mean different things to different people. Often associated with Buddhist-inspired meditative practices, it also refers to a way of approaching the world. In this context, mindfulness practices can also be applied to food production and consumption. This Forbes article, for example, encourages readers to take a broad view with regard to the practice of mindfulness. Author Phil Lempert, known as the SupermarketGuru, defines mindfulness as “the quality or state of being conscious or aware.” This makes mindfulness a concept that can be applied to all areas of life, including eating, grocery shopping, and your food business.

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Topics: Food Business

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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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

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

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

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

3 Ways to Up the Social Media Presence of Your Food Business

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

First of all, if you don't have social media for your food business, get it. Social media is a way for you to connect with your customers on a more personal level. It allows you to market yourself for FREE.

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Topics: Food Business

Starting a Food Business? Check Out These Resources

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

In Canada, there are abundant resources designed to teach and inspire you — and ultimately — help your new food business succeed. So, if you’re starting a food business, here are some of the resources you need to take advantage of:

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Topics: Food Business

Are You A Food Entrepreneur? Success Is Possible

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

Starting a business can be frightening; you're investing your time, money, and passion into a fiercely competitive market. And to build a successful food and beverage business, you have to be in it for the long haul — some businesses can take up to 15 years to build! But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To give you hope, here are some success stories you can find on shelves right now:

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Topics: Food Business