Member Testimonials

“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.



Looking for a copacker that can fill spouted pouches and has refrigeration

Hello, Does anyone know of a copacker that can fill purees into spouted pouches and that also has refrigeration?I have searched endlessly for a pouch copacker that can meet our requirements with no luck so far. Most pouch copackers do not have refrigeration and/or they are not able to process fresh/IQF ingredients (only purees).Thank you!Continue

Tags: baby, food, manufacturing, organic, pouchs

Started by Cassandra Curtis in Manufacturing on Tuesday.

Hey, I am looking for a co-packer for pouches... 19 Replies

Hi,I want to use pouches for my FDA approved ketchup and looking for a co-packer with organic certified and fill pouches in Los Angeles area or Southern California.  Please give me some leads finding the co-packer in Southern California.Thank you,MichaelContinue

Tags: Los, Angeles, manufacture, Pouches, Co

Started by Charlie in Manufacturing. Last reply by Hans Blom Dec 11.

Seeking (Cheap) Air-Conditioned Commercial Kitchen Space to Share/Rent 6 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 Dec 11.

Copacker and Distrubution question

Hi Everyone! I'm curious to hear about your copacker/distribution set up and what works/what doesn't work. I am currently using a copacker for my chocolate company and thinking about renting a small 500 sq ft facility to package/distribute and have a small area for sales and pick-up orders. Is anyone else using a copacker but shipping themselves? Would love to hear about your experience and any suggestions for making it run efficiently and most cost-effective. Thank you in advance! Nichole, Continue

Tags: distribution, copacker

Started by nichole dandrea in Distribution & Logistics Dec 11.

Experience with Ralph's and Von's

Hi-Does anyone sell to Ralph's and/or Von's? I'm wondering if someone can shed some light on their experience of working with either of these 2 stores.Thanks much.JRContinue

Started by JR in Retail Dec 9.

Seeking Commercial Kitchen Space to Share/Rent 1 Reply

Hello everyone, Panache Pantry is looking for a commercial kitchen to rent or share with a few others that too need space. We are currently in north San Diego and would love to stay in the area....thank you!Continue

Started by Panache Pantry in Manufacturing. Last reply by Sydney Burkhardt Dec 8.

Recommendations on co-packers and Food technologists for Organic food 6 Replies

Hi,I am looking for co-packers and food technologists who specifically work with organic, non GMO, and sustainable food in the southern California area.  Any suggestions?  Please let me know.Thank you!Continue

Started by Liza Gellibolian in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Ann Ryan Dec 2.

Budding business seeks Organic or clean Kitchen - for rental use near Encinitas. 3 Replies

I am looking for a kitchen close to Encinitas to make some delicious high vibe products.  I need a couple shifts/week for now.  I really appreciate any tips or leads!!!  I want to get this figured out right away so I can get my state application to reflect the correct facility that I will be using.Thanks!Skeet619-890-9122Continue

Tags: facility, lease, rental, kitchen, organic

Started by Skeet Frazee in Manufacturing. Last reply by Ann Ryan Dec 2.

Organic Suppliers for a newly start company... 1 Reply

Hi I am just a small company, and I would like to have an organic supplier that is organic certified.If any of you know a supplier, please let me know.  Thanks...Continue

Tags: Organic suppliers for a new company

Started by Aida F Gonzalez in Formulation & Ingredients. Last reply by Ann Ryan Dec 2.

Small to mid-size distributors for West Coast distribution? 5 Replies

We are just about ready to launch our product line in fruit spreads.  Can anyone point us to a list of local California or west coast distributors we can explore for retail placements?Continue

Tags: retail, outlets, broker, spreads, mid-size

Started by Abe Oswal in Distribution & Logistics. Last reply by Sydney Burkhardt Dec 2.



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