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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.



Seeking Food Publicist

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 21 hours ago.

Recommendations on co-packers and Food technologists for Organic food 9 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 Eric Bovy May 13.

Gross Margins 9 Replies

So I admit, I'm new to all of this stuff, and while I'm good at strategy, marketing and production, I'm still learning a lot about the nuts and bolts.I've read lots of differing opinions on what margins should be for the wholesale channel (ranging from 10% for big grocery chains to 50% for gourmet shops), but I'm wondering if I should be estimating my gross margin for the business based on the retail price or the wholesale price? I will be selling via both channels, but I haven't launched yet,…Continue

Tags: margins, Pricing

Started by Leah Ferrazzani in Retail. Last reply by Annabelle Lee May 7.

Whole Foods 102/103 Workshops 3 Replies

I'll admit it.. my husband didn't expect to gain much from yesterday's Whole Food Workshops 102/103.   I was a little more hopeful.    We were both blown away by the volume of information, advice, insight and experience that were offered to us.  Michel and Dwight led a focused conversation that had us thinking about our product, our brand, our packaging, our messaging,  our sales strategies and more.   Half the information was practical.   Half the information was theoretical.    All of the…Continue

Started by Keiko Feldman in Retail. Last reply by Annabelle Lee May 7.

channel strategies 3 Replies

Does anyone know what channel strategy is best to use with Whole Foods, for their categorical review? Not sure, would like some help.Continue

Started by Navaz Nooshin in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Last reply by Michel Algazi Apr 23.

Forming an LLC 3 Replies

Hi Food Makers!Does anyone have experience using services like or to jumpstart the LLC-formation process? If so, do you recommend their standard package or full-service offerings?I'm looking to begin the process this month and would love to hear from anyone who's gone through this recently.Thanks so much!NicaContinue

Tags: llc

Started by Nica Langinger in Business and Food Law. Last reply by Nica Langinger Apr 21.

WTPP LLC seeking an Inventory Control Specialist

We the Pie People LLC is seeking a dedicated and motivated Inventory Control Specialist to join their team in Chatsworth, CA. The ideal candidate will have 2-4 years of hands-on experience in the Food & Beverage industry overseeing inventory control. The candidates’ primary responsibilities will include overseeing the flow of inventory in and out of a warehouse will include a wide range of duties including (but not limited to) ordering products, keeping an updated and detailed list of…Continue

Tags: Inventory Controll, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Opportunity, JC's

Started by JC's in Manufacturing Apr 20.

WTPP LLC seeking a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

We the Pie People LLC is seeking a dedicated and motivated Entry-Level Receptionist to join their team in Chatsworth, CA. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with excellent grammar, proofing & typing skills. The qualified candidate will also have administrative experience preferably in the Food & Beverage industry. Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook experience REQUIRED. Fast-paced environment requires multi-tasking and attention to detail. Please only apply if you are qualified…Continue

Tags: Entry Level, Manufacturing, Opportunity, JC's, Administrative Assistant

Started by JC's in Manufacturing Apr 20.

State Licensing

Hello,We've just submitted our processed food registration packet to the state of California.We would like to launch with 4 organic salsas to the market. If we decide only to launch with 3at the time of initial testing with the state would all new products have to be submitted to the state after initial permit has been granted?BestTony EscalanteWolfpeach Salsa Co.

Started by Tony Escalante in Packaging & Labeling Apr 14.

Organic Produce Co-op and Organic Condiments and Spices Co-op

Hi everyone,We are making bite size bars from fresh ingredients such as sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and spices, but we are having a hard time finding them on wholesale level. Can anyone recommend wholesaler or co-op farmer for Organic fresh produces and spices? Please let me know.Thank you,LizaFloz Inc.Continue

Started by Liza Gellibolian in Formulation & Ingredients Apr 13.



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