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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.





I need a bakery mfg, cookie co-packer to produce my cookies for Gelson's Markets,   located in So. Cal.Must be GSI certified.Cheri De Rose - (818) 681-2614Continue

Started by cheryl de rose in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 16.

Looking for Wholesale Dark Chocolate (Vegan & Soy Free) 7 Replies

Hi there!I am looking for wholesale 70% (or +) Dark Chocolate that is Vegan and Soy Free. Any tips would be highly appreciated it. Thanks! ViviContinue

Started by No Moo (non-dairy ice cream) in Manufacturing. Last reply by JEFFRAY D. GARDNER Aug 12.

Selling our Nutritional Bar company 1 Reply

We are selling our Raw Superfood Bar company. We own all our own hi end manufacturing equipment and flow wrapper to make these bars. We are in most SoCa Whole Foods stores. Must sell for personal reasons.We are looking for suggestions on a Business Food Broker that could find buyers for us.Thanks so much it is greatly appreciated.MichelleContinue

Started by Michelle Steadman in Brokerage & Sales. Last reply by Linda Estrella Ikeda Aug 11.

Source in LA for phosphoric and other acids? 1 Reply

Hi, I'm trying to test different acids in a drink, and don't know where to find them in LA (other than citric acid).  I'd like to buy a small amount of phosphoric and other acids to see how they affect the taste of my drinks.Any ideas?  Thanks!Continue

Started by Raffi Koj in Formulation & Ingredients. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 11.

Fruit Snack Co-Packer 1 Reply

Hello:Can anyone recommend a fruit snack co-packer...think fruit roll-up.Thanks! Continue

Started by Sydney Burkhardt in Manufacturing. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 11.

Whole Foods - Local Producer Loan 1 Reply

Has anyone acquired a loan through Whole Foods Local Producer program?If you have, would you mind sharing your experience with it?Thanks much.Continue

Started by JR in Fundraising and M&A. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 11.

Just got my first order into SoPac region of Whole Foods and need help as I am doing this alone. 1 Reply

My frozen meat product is centered around the Whole30 and Paleo Community. If anyone is like-minded in that they care about the quality of their food, the transparency in the ingredients and the nutrient density of what they eat then please come be a part of my start-up. I am building a brand around the Real Food Movement. Contact me at: I do need help in all aspects of the business: accounting, finance, sales, demos, and especially…Continue

Started by Angela Mavridis in Brokerage & Sales. Last reply by Michel Algazi Aug 11.

Brand amabassadors?

We are looking for Brand Ambassadors to demo our products in and around So. California.  Looking for upbeat professionals to market our high end natural food product.  If anyone has any referrals we would love to hear them!Continue

Started by Kelley D'Angelo in Web Marketing / Social Media Mktg / Consumer Engagement Aug 9.


I need a bakery mfg, cookie co-packer to produce my cookies for Gelson's Markets,   located in So. Cal.Must be GSI certified.Cheri De Rose - (818) 681-2614Continue

Started by cheryl de rose in Accounting and Bookkeeping Jul 11.

USDA Certified CoPacker Needed 5 Replies

Hi All - I'm desperate for a USDA certified copacker for a product of mine that has sold into Gelson's. Any leads would be super helpful. My cell 818-688-1927. Thanks.

Started by Denise in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Last reply by Sydney Burkhardt Jul 8.



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