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The Best Way to Start a Food Production Business

Posted by OAFVC on Jul 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Small-scale food production is a growing business.

With annual sales of more than $32 billion, Ontario has become one of the largest food and beverage processing regions in North America.

Ontario is an ideal location from which to serve your customers, whether they are around the corner or around the world. Competitive advantages for the food and beverage industry in Ontario (according to OMAFRA) include:

  • Quick, convenient access to major North American markets
  • Highly efficient transportation infrastructure
  • Low corporate tax rates
  • A highly skilled, multicultural workforce

Starting Your Food Production Business

You started a food production business using your home or community kitchen and are currently selling your products at a local farmers’ market. It’s a great way to get your business up and running.

Things are going well, and soon you find that your customer base is expanding. You are filling larger orders than your home or community kitchen can handle, but you don’t yet have the capital to invest in your own commercial kitchen.

This is the perfect time to take your agri-food business to a communal commercial kitchen, which provides affordable space to process large orders. To keep your local food production local, look for a commercial kitchen in your area, such as in the OAFVC.

Getting Your Stock onto Store Shelves

Taking your business beyond food production is a big step. You want to expand your business and remain environmentally responsible, all without spending too much money. A commercial kitchen, like OAFVC, can provide business coaching and networking opportunities to help you make those key connections successfully.


Understand Labelling/Packaging Rules

One of the biggest hurdles to turning your passion for food into a small food-production business is the learning curve. Learning how to use industrial equipment, meet food safety standards, and properly label and package your product, can seem overwhelming. Let a commercial kitchen help.

If you are looking for a convenient location for your food production business with friendly people, free business coaching, and an affordable food processing facility, look no further than the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC).

OAFVC provides a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, PLUS

  • On-site training
  • Discrete staff who can help at all stages
  • Packaging development assistance
  • Graphic design services
  • Packaging and labelling services
  • Product development lab
  • Business services
  • Conference room use
  • Networking opportunities

No Commitment Required

At OAFVC, your production happens on your schedule. No time commitment is required. Just try it out first and get an idea of what OAFVC can do for your business.

Expand your agri-food business to the next level with local help.

Ready to try out the OAFVC commercial kitchen and create a successful strategy to expand your food production?

  • Expand beyond farmers’ markets
  • Set your business apart
  • Add new products/lines
  • Get expert training in a local commercial kitchen
  • Save money and be mindful of your environmental responsibility

Download this business plan checklist to start growing your agri-food business today.

Farmers Market Business Plan Checklist


Topics: Food Production