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“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

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"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 

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“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

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“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

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"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

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“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

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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.

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"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

 

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“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.

 

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Promotional Support Program for Upscale Markets

I need to plan my Promotional Support Program for Whole Foods before I go into a test store, but I missed out on the last Whole Foods class and it doesn't look like another is scheduled soon. Does anyone have a sample plan for a non-perishable grocery product that they might be willing to share?Thanks!LeahContinue

Tags: Programs, Support, Promotional, Foods, Whole

Started by Leah Ferrazzani in Retail yesterday.

Seeking R&D Professional 2 Replies

Hello everyone,We make organic coconut smoothies with real coconut meat and water, and we are looking to expand into different flavors in the next 3-5 months.Can anyone refer me to someone who has r&d experience with organic beverages?We need assistance with sourcing ingredients that are all organic, and also at a price point to keep our costs at a certain level.Thank you!-Alex BayerContinue

Started by Alex Bayer in Formulation & Ingredients. Last reply by Alex Bayer Aug 27.

Do You Need an Organic Co-Packer? 6 Replies

We are building out a 13,000 sq ft facility in Long Beach that will be Organic and Non-GMO Project certified.  We currently manufacture ice cream and cookies, but are willing to consider other organic products -- preferably shelf stable or frozen.  We will also have warehouse space available.We should be operational by January 15th.Continue

Tags: Non-GMO, frozen, Cream, Ice, Cookies

Started by Ann Ryan in Manufacturing. Last reply by Nadia Hubbi Aug 21.

Knoll Foods

Anyone have any experience with Knoll Foods?Continue

Tags: distributor, Food

Started by Nadine Weiss in Distribution & Logistics Aug 21.

bread crumbs NOT made with bleached flour

One of my products calls for bread crumbs and I'm having a very difficult time tracking down wholesale bread crumbs made with wheat flour or enriched wheat flour.  All I'm finding now have tons of preservatives and use bleached flour.  Please help! Thanks!Continue

Started by Nadia Hubbi in Merchandising Aug 18.

Heat-Sealed Bags Popping in Transit 2 Replies

Hi all,I'm having some trouble with my heat-sealed poly bags popping below the heat seal in transit. I'm trying to figure out if it's the quality of my bags, or if it's the way I am packing them for shipping. Anyone have any experience in this?best,LeahContinue

Started by Leah Ferrazzani in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Jenny Rosoff Aug 11.

Any thoughts on selling on Amazon - not FBA 2 Replies

I would love to get some feedback on any experience selling on Amazon - not fulfillment - just as a seller.  Success, kudos, frustrations, etc.?Continue

Started by Nancy Wadsworth in Retail. Last reply by Nancy Wadsworth Aug 7.

Share your experience with Investor{s} 1 Reply

Hi,My sister/partner and I are planning to seek an investor soon to grow our business.If any of you have dealt with investor{s} and are willing to share your experience [pros and cons], I would greatly appreciate if you would send me your contact info to chris@ricebliss.comIt's one thing to talk to professionals who deal with financing but it would really help to talk to a food manufacturer who has gone through the process.  The "real"discussion.Thanks so much!!Continue

Started by Chris Chun Denton in Web Marketing / Social Media Mktg / Consumer Engagement. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 7.

Co Packing Help 1 Reply

Hi all,I am stepping into the co-packing arena and wondered if anyone has advice on the legal side? I am about to involve lawyers and am certain there are mistakes I should not make.ThanksMarkContinue

Started by Mark Stein in Business and Food Law. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 7.

Seeking Food Publicist 4 Replies

Hi all - Looking to hire a publicist with a food emphasis to promote my baking mix line from Cherryvale Farms. Please forward any potential leads! Thanks, Lindsey RosenbergCo-Founder, Cherryvale Farms @CherryvaleFarmsContinue

Tags: publicist, marketing, pr

Started by Lindsey Rosenberg in Web Marketing / Social Media Mktg / Consumer Engagement. Last reply by Lindsey Rosenberg Jul 27.

 
 
 

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