Member Testimonials

“The Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub have been informative and practical.  I would encourage other members to attend as many as their schedules allow."

-- Chris Chun Denton, CEO, Ricebliss



“The Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub. ”

-- Elana Istrin Founder/CEO of Beach Bum Foods



The Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub 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 Food Maker Hub offers seminars that are also very informative to the industry.”

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



product name vs. company name

I am about to launch a business selling fermented foods at farmer's markets. Does the name of my company/business (as a single proprietor) have to be the same as the product name on the packaging and on the banner at the booth? I would like to have one name for my business but have potentially several product lines.  Do I have to do more than one DBA in that case?Thanks for any help/advice.Hae JungContinue

Tags: DBA, company, naming

Started by Hae Jung Cho in Packaging & Labeling 3 hours ago.

Sales Solution 1 Reply

Ok ... This is my dilemma ... I'm about to put a big sandwich and snack refrigerated display in a hotel and sell the food products. Since I don't want to the whole day next to my refrigerator and do the sales, and also don't want to hire anybody to do that, is there any other possible solution that will able the customer to scan the product and pay it with the credit card without me or anybody else being present there?Appreciate any suggestion!AnahidContinue

Started by Anahid S. in Retail. Last reply by Michel Algazi yesterday.

Food Representation Commission 6 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 Michel Algazi Mar 11.

Kitchen or Bakery on West Side 3 Replies

Hi Everyone,We're a small nut and nut butter company looking for a new kitchen space on the west side, preferably near Culver City. We have limited hour needs right now, but we are starting to get into some retailers and have interested distributors, so we expect our needs to expand. We are extremely clean and respectful of the spaces we work in. Hoping to find a friendly owner who we can start a relationship with. Suggestions? Thanks in advance!Dave Wolfecrazygonutswalnuts.comContinue

Started by David Wolfe in Manufacturing. Last reply by Florence Bertheau Mar 11.

Can anyone recommend a lab? 5 Replies

Has anyone worked with a lab they'd recommend for nutrition analysis and labeling?  We haven't gone through the process yet with our products and need to get this done soon.  Also wondering what the cost was for those who've done it?Thanks!LaraContinue

Tags: label, nutrition

Started by Lara Fischman in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Beau Lavine Mar 11.

Need help moving organic snacks 9 Replies

Hello,I currently sell a variety of wholesale Organic and Gluten free snacks. Does anyone know of a distributor, grocery store or eCommerce websites interested in buying?  Please see attached pictures. I would like to move these products pretty quickly. Response is greatly appreciated. Thanks!Austin Continue

Started by Austin in Distribution & Logistics. Last reply by Linda Estrella Ikeda Mar 11.

Non-GMO Powdered Sugar Source 3 Replies

Looking for a distributor of a Non-GMO powdered sugar.  Please reply to You!Continue

Tags: Ingredients

Started by Ann Hickey in Manufacturing. Last reply by Nancy Wadsworth Mar 11.

Sauce copacker handles nuts

Hi!  Does anyone know of a sauce copacking facility in southern California that is ok handling nuts.  Thanks!Continue

Tags: dip, sauce, manufactuer, copacker, copack

Started by Nadia Hubbi in Manufacturing Mar 10.

Looking for a soup co-pack for retail sales 2 Replies

Hello,I am really hoping someone can refer me to a co-pack that can do hot fill, USDA soup for a start-up company I am building here in the Los Angeles area. I had two different companies on-board but they just took on huge projects with existing customers and I was put on hold for the next few months. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll even send you soup as a thank-you!Email me at Karla.Bendel@Love-n-Spoonfuls.comContinue

Started by Karla Bendel in Manufacturing. Last reply by Karla Bendel Mar 10.

non profit wants to use my recipes and their labels; what should I charge? 2 Replies

Company wants to use my recipes and their labels; what should I charge per case or jar? Also any language I should use in our agreement to avoid competition with one another in the marketplace or is that not important.thank you - either way I see it as a win/win, but any advice would be appreciated.Continue

Tags: #royalty, #recipes, #privatelabel

Started by Daisy Romero in Business and Food Law. Last reply by Michel Algazi Mar 9.



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