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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



"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.





Hi all-Happy Thanksgiving. Looking to obtain a list of Coffee Shops, Sandwich Shops, Cafe's and Deli's in Orange County, CA only (at this point) to push more of our Mediterranean Pastries (specifically our Baklava into wholesale). I have had luck, but more with "independently owned" as they tend to make quick decisions. We would love to get into Luna Grill or Daphenes but haven't had much luck - any suggestions? Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of time to do all the researching on line and…Continue

Started by Sonia Salloum in Distribution & Logistics yesterday.

Looking for the best quality of CLARIFIDE BUTTER to utilize in our AMAZING BAKLAVA and Mediterranean pastries. 2 Replies

Mamas Mediterranean Food is a family owned and operated, on-line pastry business (although we have done some food here and there). We are in the growth stage and we currently make our own Clarified Butter - it takes my mom and I all day and we make over 60 pounds of butter a quarter.We now are trying to cut cost.Any suggestions?Thank you for your help and suggestion.SoniaContinue

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Started by Sonia Salloum in Manufacturing. Last reply by Sonia Salloum yesterday.

bread crumbs NOT made with bleached flour 2 Replies

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. Last reply by Jim Broussalian Nov 4.

Food Science Consultant

Hi, we're wondering if anyone has a food science consultant recommendation?  We are making sweet potato dips and need someone with industry experience to help us bring our product to market.  We are new to the food industry so our ideal food consultant should be able to help us navigate this space in addition to logistics like packaging and connections to co-packers.  We're looking for someone in the Los Angeles area.  Thanks!shayna@dip-a-roo.comContinue

Started by Sherry Upshaw & Shayna Gillerman in Distribution & Logistics Oct 30.

Fresh Cut Produce Fulfillment 2 Replies

Hi,Does anyone know of a fulfillment center that works with fresh cut produce in Southern California? I'm looking for some recommendations.Thanks!LAWRENCEContinue

Started by Lawrence Novitch in Manufacturing. Last reply by Lawrence Novitch Oct 29.

Overstock Products

Does anyone know of any distributor or grocery store willing to purchase our overstock organic foods at low price! Response greatly appreciated.AustinContinue

Started by Austin in Distribution & Logistics Oct 28.

Still trying to figure out how to get my Award Winning bbq sauce into stores! 7 Replies

My Desperado Southwestern BBQ Sauce just won 12th place last week at the American Royal World Series bbq sauce competition. BBQ sauces from around the world enter this famous series and it's a great compliment for my sauce line.And I'm still trying to figure out how to get my Award Winning bbq sauce into stores!Continue

Started by Steve Botkin in Brokerage & Sales. Last reply by Steve Botkin Oct 27.

Sandwich wholesale 3 Replies

I'm thinking about starting a small sandwich shop, and was wondering if anybody knows about a sandwich wholesale in LA area.Continue

Started by Anahid S. in Retail. Last reply by Anahid S. Oct 20.

Co-packer / Processor wanted 1 Reply

Hello everyoneI am new at this.  I am looking for a co-packer.Main ingredient of my product is dates, no cooking necessary, but needs to be hand formed.If anyone out there can make this or make a referral please.Thank you,Bahman310-277-7005Bahman.Mehdi@mac.comContinue

Started by Bahman Mehdizadeh in Manufacturing. Last reply by Michel Algazi Oct 20.

Specialty Food Brokers 1 Reply

Hello everyone.I am looking for a specialty food broker for my Salad Dressing..If anybody comes to mind, would you kindly let me know.Many thanks.Eric.contactus@frenchmiso.comwww.frenchmiso.comContinue

Started by Eric Bovy in Brokerage & Sales. Last reply by Michel Algazi Oct 20.



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