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“The Fine Foods Group has been an enormously helpful resource for my business, Beachy Cream. The advice I’ve received from speakers at the educational seminars, the contacts and the exchange of ideas between members is invaluable. Michel Algazi offers members a wealth of information, not available anywhere else, that is taking my business to another level. I wish I had known about this group earlier as I would likely have saved a lot of time — and money!”

— Ann Ryan, CEO - Beachy Cream



"The Fine Foods Group is a wonderful idea. It is a great resource of information and is nice to have the support of other entrepreneurs. Michel is very knowledgeable and willing to share his experience."

-- Gail Chester, Lively Up Your Breath, LLC 


“Thank you so much for creating the Fine Foods Group and taking the time and energy to organize all these awesome presentations that I have been able to attend. The amount I’ve learned so far is immeasurable and has really validated my dreams and passion as a food artisan. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you at the next one!”

— Daisy Romero, CEO - Mascaro Family Foods


“As someone with no food & beverage background, The Fine Foods Group has been an amazing resource in launching my business! By networking within the group and attending some of the educational work shops I was able to connect with the Whole Foods buyer that I’d been trying to reach for over a year! For anyone starting a food or beverage business I would highly recommend joining!”

— Jayla Siciliano, Founder - Bon Affair



"As a small, start up business in the food industry, the FFG has been very helpful in networking with other similar start up entrepreneurs.  With so much to learn in food business, the seminars offered through the FFG have been informative and practical.  I would encourage other members to attend as many as their schedules allow."

-- Chris Chun Denton, CEO, Ricebliss



“The Fine Foods Groups has be essential in advancing my business, Beach Bum Foods,LLC. Because of the Fine Foods Group, I was able to make critical connections with the Local Foragers at Whole Foods Market. Now my lentil avocado dips are selling at Whole Foods Markets in the LA area! I was also able to form relationships and friendships with other entrepreneurs going through the same challenges and hurdles of running a food business. Thank you Michel and the Fine Foods Group. ”

-- Elana Istrin Founder/CEO of Beach Bum Foods



The Fine Foods Group has been an invaluable resource for Fruigees throughout our entrepreneurial adventure. Having a responsive, accessible, and supportive network filled with seasoned vets and start-ups alike has been instrumental to Fruigees' success. 

-- Josh Kahn and David Czinn, co-founders, Fruigees, Inc.



"We love the events The Fine Foods Group organizes.  They are always a great opportunity to meet like minded food entrepreneurs, with the frequent possibility of partnerships that have helped grow our business."
-- Robert Kronfli, Kronfli Brothers, LLC



“About 3 years ago when I was just getting on gear to have my small business going, I was referred to The Fine Food group by a good friend. And that was a very good referral!

I did learn a lot about food manufacturing, and networking was also one of the benefits of being a member of this organization.

Michel was very helpful. The Fine Food Group offers seminars that are also very informative to the industry.”

— Linda Estrella Ikeda, CEO Jumpstarter Body Fuel, Inc.



Seeking (Cheap) Air-Conditioned Commercial Kitchen Space to Share/Rent 4 Replies

Hello all,I am seeking air-conditioned commercial kitchen space for my chocolate production. Many thanks for your feedback!CatherineContinue

Tags: share, space, rental, rent, commercial-kitchen

Started by Catherine von Ruden in Manufacturing. Last reply by Catherine von Ruden 16 hours ago.

Toffee co-packer/shipping

Los Angeles Area: I am looking for a co-packer/shipper/storage for a start up (actually returning) English Toffee (need to have an enrober).  Please contact me if you know of a facility that would fulfill those needs.  Thank you everyone!  Trisha 818.884.5163Continue

Tags: shipping, Co-packer

Started by Trisha Malin in Manufacturing 16 hours ago.

looking for a sauce SoCal copacker; Whole Foods approved, reseasonable pricing, communicative and reliable

Hi All,Looking for a copacker of cooked sauces that is whole foods approved, reliable and communicative - also reasonable prices for batches on the smaller side.Any suggestions are appreciated.Thank you! :)Continue

Started by Daisy Romero in Manufacturing yesterday.

What to look for on a "spec sheet" requested by a distributor 2 Replies

Hello,I'm being considered by a distributor and need to give him a spec sheet, but I have no idea what that is - my copacker was no help either. What terms need to be defined on this item exactly?Thank you!DaisyContinue

Started by Daisy Romero in Distribution & Logistics. Last reply by Daisy Romero Oct 22.

Shipping/Delivery Charges for Wholesale Sales Sheet 2 Replies

I need to put minimums and shipping/delivery charges for my wholesale accounts on my sales sheet.  Can anyone advise?  Thank you.Continue

Tags: sales, sheet, delivery, shipping, minimums

Started by Nancy Wadsworth in Distribution & Logistics. Last reply by Nancy Wadsworth Oct 20.

city/address on package label 2 Replies

Hi there,I was wondering if you make your product in one location in bulk, and it's packaged in a second location (in individual bags) what location would you put on your packaging under the section where you write your city and zip code.Thanks very much!Continue

Tags: package, on, address

Started by Casey Krebs in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Casey Krebs Oct 20.

delivery from L.A. to Bay Area 1 Reply

Hi-I have a fulfillment center in L.A. (Santa Fe Springs, CA) and need product delivered (cheaply) from there to Bay Area (Peninsula) distributor. A specialty food store in N. CA has ordered product and need to get it up there fairly quickly. Any suggestions would be so helpful. Thanks,Sydney, CEO, Love'illyContinue

Started by Sydney Burkhardt in Distribution & Logistics. Last reply by Rasool Raheem Oct 15.

Food photographer

Just had a photo shoot with Leslie Rodriguez,  She did an amazing job on the pics and the styling.  I had most of the props, setup ready but she re-styled it to look great.  Will be on my website soon. In the meantime, check out her website.  She was extraordinarily reasonable and she did the styling for me!Continue

Tags: pictures, photographer

Started by Nadine Weiss in Web Marketing / Social Media Mktg / Consumer Engagement Oct 9.

Seeking (Cheap) Commercial Kitchen Space to Share/Rent 3 Replies

Hi all,I am currently in the process of applying for my cottage food operator permit, but after the new approved foods list was released, it really didn't help me at all (European buttercreams are still not allowed, and neither is ganache.)Because of this disappointing turn of events, I am hoping to find a commercial kitchen to either share with another person or rent outright for less than what Chef's Center charges. If I can't find a space cheap enough, I'll only be able to use the space…Continue

Tags: rental, kitchen, space, share, rent

Started by Christine Manke in Manufacturing. Last reply by Aria Selik Oct 8.

gluten-free co-packers in Southern California? 3 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm searching for a gluten-free co-packer for my Morsels and Mix.  Any suggestions and/or contacts are MORSELICIOUSLY appreciated.Please mo@macnmos.com310-497-4100Thank you,MoContinue

Tags: co-packer, gluten-free, certified

Started by Mo in Manufacturing. Last reply by Aria Selik Oct 8.



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