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Crowdfunding & The Art of the Ask
April 13, 2017

by Caroline Halter, PieShell At PieShell we think of crowdfunding as more closely related to charitable giving than anything else. A large percentage of people who contribute to crowdfunding projects do so not for rewards, [...]
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Recipe to Retail Part 2: Cracking the Competition
April 4, 2017

by Birgit Blain, Birgit Blain and Associates Thousands of packaged food products are launched annually in Canada. The success rate is remarkably low. According to Nielsen, a global consumer research firm, over 85% of new [...]
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Government Grants for Food Manufacturers in 2017
March 30, 2017

by Mentor Works Ltd. Early-stage manufacturing businesses are in constant need of investment to support their continued growth and success. Without a constant supply of funds to satisfy R&D and production, among other [...]
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Recipe to Retail Part 1: Transforming Recipes into Packaged Products
March 21, 2017

by Birgit Blain, Birgit Blain and Associates For food entrepreneurs aspiring to see their creations on retail store shelves, there is much they need to know. This is the first in a series of articles [...]
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Food Starter entrepreneurs share their experiences in the Humber College’
March 17, 2017

by Amanda Scriver Last month, we shared how six of our incredible Food Starter entrepreneurs were matched up by Humber College’s Bachelor of Commerce program to take part in the college’s Capstone Project. [...]
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How Food Safety Culture can Protect and Grow Your Bottom
March 16, 2017

By Birgit Blain, Birgit Blain and Associates If you’re in the food business, ensuring your products are safe is a moral obligation. What does food safety culture look like (in layman’s terms)? Food [...]
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Get and Stay Listed in Canada's Grocery Sector: Do You
March 7, 2017

by Richard Baker, Food Distribution Guy   Many new business owners resist the idea of defining a target market because they want to be able to “sell to everyone”. They feel that such a definition may [...]
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How to Earn Consumer Trust
March 2, 2017

by Birgit Blain, Birgit Blain & Associates Inc. “Trust me, I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” This statement demonstrates that trust must be earned. What does “trust” really mean? Merriam-Webster’[...]
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Food Starter entrepreneurs participate in Humber College’s Bachelor of
February 21, 2017

by Amanda Scriver Since last summer, we’ve been working behind the scenes with Humber College professors Pierre-Pascal Gendron and Youssef Youssef to create a wonderful opportunity for Food Starter clients to work with graduating [...]
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Overview on Software Systems for Small Food Processors
February 21, 2017

By Simon de Groot As a follow up to a seminar on inventory control in small food processing companies, the discussion revealed a need for a cost effective solution for startups (zero to 3 years [...]
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