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.



Food Representation Commission 2 Replies

Does anyone know what the average or scale is for a food representataive?  Continue

Started by Nancy Wadsworth in Brokerage & Sales. Last reply by Nancy Wadsworth 14 hours ago.

Small to mid-size distributors for West Coast distribution? 4 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 JR yesterday.

Looking for Pre Cut Parchment Paper Squares 1 Reply

Hi,I am looking for a company that has pre cut 3 inch x 3 inch squares and 4 inch x 3 inch rectangular parchment inserts to put in my bakery boxes. I would prefer greaseproof without silicone but not being picky at this point.  Any leads? Continue

Tags: paper, parchment

Started by Charles Fyffe in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Michel Algazi yesterday.

Seeking (Cheap) Air-Conditioned Commercial Kitchen Space to Share/Rent 5 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 SHELBY COFFMAN Nov 19.

looking for a sauce SoCal copacker; Whole Foods approved, reseasonable pricing, communicative and reliable 2 Replies

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. Last reply by Eric Bovy Nov 11.

Gluten-Free Certified co-packer

Hi, I am looking for a gluten-free certified co packer, that will do small batches. Do anyone know of a good one?Thanks,JulieContinue

Started by Julie Ward in Manufacturing Nov 11.

PET Plastic Condiment Bottle with Twist Off Cap 3 Replies

Hi all,  I am looking for an 8oz clear PET boston bottle with a black twist down cap. I was able to find the bottles for cheap at General Bottle Supply in downtown LA, but they only have white caps.  I found the black caps from SKS Bottle in NY, but shipping is $18, or free if you order $250.  I just want a couple to test out.  So primarily, I'm looking for the black cap that looks…Continue

Tags: caps, twist, dispensing, pet, condiments

Started by Charlie Hwang in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Michel Algazi Nov 10.

Can anyone recommend an organic certification agency? 3 Replies

My cookies are more than 70% organic and that puts them in the "made with organic ingredients" category.  I am having trouble finding a certification agency.  Can anyone recommend a good and cost effective company?Continue

Started by Nancy Wadsworth in Formulation & Ingredients. Last reply by Nancy Wadsworth Nov 4.

Commercial Freezer

Hey friends! We are looking to sell our commercial freezer due to needing a bigger one. Please let me know if any of you are interested! We need to get rid of it ASAP!! :)Continue

Tags: #freezer, #refrigerator, #commercialkitchen

Started by Keisha O'Neal in Business and Food Law Nov 1.

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 Oct 30.



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