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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.



Food processing, packaging, refrigeration, and shelf life 1 Reply

In thinking about what products to create, I've come to a point where part of the decision depends on processing type pros/cons, shelf life, packaging options, storage requirements, etc. Ideally refrigeration wouldn't be required, but how would that affect shelf life of various products? I don't know much about this and would be grateful for any insights on the available options, their pros/cons, and background info.Why do some products need to be stored under refrigeration while others don't?…Continue

Started by Brandon Shandelson in Formulation & Ingredients. Last reply by Brandon Shandelson Apr 4, 2019.

Co-Packer Recommendation 5 Replies

I have a vegan gluten free cookie ....and I would like to see if a Co-packer is an avenue that works for my product. I appreciate any recommendations of co-packers in the Los Angeles area and if anyone has any guidance for working with co-packers.Thank you! Melanie Continue

Started by Melanie Fox in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Florence Bertheau Oct 19, 2018.

Rhodes Kook E King manual benchtop cookie depositor w/ dies for sale

I bought this Kook E King benchtop model from someone who just closed their cookie business.  Unfortunately, this did not work for our gluten free cookies. This unit was manufactured in 2008 and the seller I bought this from replaced the S arm this past summer. This is manually operated, so it's a great option for a small business who isn't ready for the steep price tag and room needed for an automated depositor.  The unit ships with six dies, including a custom Texas die, a wire replacement…Continue

Started by Sherry Upshaw & Shayna Gillerman in Manufacturing Mar 14, 2018.

Position Available - Data Processing - Food and Beverage

IF INTERESTED - CONTACT POSTER DIRECTLY by EMAIL (ADDRESS AT THE FOOT OF THE DOCUMENT.) - Michel is not the poster.Subject: Order Processing (DESK JOB) Order Processing and Operations Specialist Exciting and stable small company in the Specialty / Organic Foods industry is looking for an Order Processing and Operations Specialist at the company’s office in Santa Monica, CA (90403). Ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in accounting or at least 3 years working in accounting. Must be…Continue

Started by Michel Algazi in Accounting and Bookkeeping Feb 23, 2018.

Frozen packaged foods co-packer 4 Replies

Hi everyone,We're looking for a well-versed co-packer who deals with fried foods and a conveyor system to produce items(like sausages, burger patties, etc.) which will be packaged for frozen foods section.Has anyone worked with a co-packer they liked who is experienced with something like this?Thanks much.JRContinue

Started by JR in Manufacturing. Last reply by JR Jan 3, 2018.

Where do I start 1 Reply

Hi, I know this is a crazy question...but where do I start with my salad dressing? finding a commercial kitchen to make it, nutrition label (where do I go for this) is this required if I was to start selling at the local farmers markets? Or do I start with figuring out what kind of permits I need? Continue

Started by Mark Malik in Packaging & Labeling. Last reply by Michel Algazi Nov 6, 2017.

Gift Basket for Las Vegas Hospitals/First Responders

We are planning to send a gift box to some of the first responders in Las Vegas that worked the night and days after the horrific shooting.  Would be wonderful to include other snacks/sweets - healthy or not from the Los Angeles foodie community.  If anyone is interested, please contact me at att: Gift Box/Las Vegas.  We will send what we can along with a thank you card for each box we send.  We plan to send these on Oct. 19th.  Looking for 4 items per brand or donor.Thanks…Continue

Started by Ann Hickey in Retail Oct 11, 2017.

Basic brand new food facility available to take lease over in Orange county 2 Replies

 Hi, We have health department , state of California approved commercial food facility in  Orange county.Our lease will end beginning of 2018 and we are moving to Arizona.So we want to give out to someone who really need food facility for their products for the future before we remove everything.You can just get a new lease from our management company for as is.We have  brand new three compartment sink, hand sink, prep sink mop sink and dropped ceiling epoxy flooring and small warehouse...etcI…Continue

Started by Seung Yun in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Last reply by Seung Yun Sep 28, 2017.

Whole Foods 102/103 Workshops 5 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 Joyce Rimmele Sep 13, 2017.

Beverage Company looking for a facility 1 Reply

We are looking for a licensed food facility to rent.  We are open to anything within 100 miles of Los Angeles.  The space needs to be up on all health dept. requirements and have a loading dock door, for us to move in some big machinery. We are looking to either share space, or take over a lease.  All ideas are welcome!  Feel free to text or call or email:  caveshake@gmail.comThank you!Karen Mould(917)783.8606Continue

Tags: manufacturing, retort, food, facility

Started by Karen Mould in Manufacturing. Last reply by Michel Algazi Sep 6, 2017.




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