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Food Starter December Newsletter – The Holiday Edition

December 21, 2017
Deliciously good news and training for food entrepreneurs …
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The Holiday Edition

Less is More

Food Starter is making headlines. The National looked at the “Free From” movement behind many of the latest food innovations and Food Starter is leading the charge. Dianne Buckner covered Food Starter clients, including Good Food For Good, One Hop Kitchen, My Healthy Kitchen, Fressy Bessie, and Almondia. Watch the CBC feature to learn about date-based ketchup, vegan burgers and more delicious, innovative, and healthy products developed right here at Food Starter.

Food Starter Wins Premier’s Award

We’re proud to announce Food Starter was honoured with a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. This award recognizes efforts that help Ontario’s agri-food sector thrive through a range of food initiatives. We’d like to thank all of Food Starter’s innovative food entrepreneurs for helping make this happen. Their passion, creativity, and hard work, made this award possible.
You can read more about the Premier award at Food Starter and OMAFRA.

MPP Laura Albanese and Sandy Somers Food Starter


New Start, New Event, New Cohort

Event Alert: Meet Financing Experts & Angel Investors

Are you looking for financing growth to fulfill larger orders? Curious about how your business model would be viewed by angel investors or venture capitalists? Start the new year informed and connected. Food Starter offers 20 food entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to network with financing experts and angel investors, have in-depth conversations about financial growth, and be exposed to a wide range of opinions and views.

Food Starter’s Round Table: Entrepreneurial Skills Series
(Session 1: Financing Growth) 

Friday, January 19, 2018
Longo’s Leaside, 93 Laird Dr.
$25 + HST (includes breakfast and lunch)

Hurry. There are only ONE spot left. To apply, email Mingki ([email protected]) by December 31, 2017. To be eligible, you must include two (2) reasons why you want to attend this event. Companies in growth-mode, selling to 25 stores or more will be given preference. Otherwise tickets are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Cohort – Market Feasibility Boot Camp

Thinking of starting a food business but not sure how? Food Starter’s 12-week Market Feasibility Boot Camp can help you make the critical go/no-go decision. Cohort 6 starts January 10, 2018 and space is limited. To apply, click here.  

2017 Foodie Holiday Market Recap

The 3rd Annual Foodie Holiday Market was a festive success with no less than five Food Starter clients helping make the holidays merry, bright, and delicious.  We even gave our new “Made at Food Starter” sign a test drive. (Stay tuned for more information on this in future newsletters.)

Eat These Foods: shared artisanal pickles featuring Ontario produce and intriguing flavours. 
Crooked Tree Fine Foods:  delivered an array of decadent spreads and crackers without dairy, gluten, soy and sugar.
Tropic Thunders: had Thai-inspired hot sauce a Canadian maple twist.
Partake Brewing: brought non-alcoholic beer to the table to toast the festive season.
Bald Baker:  provided Santa-worthy sweet treats without sugar, eggs, dairy or grain.

Food for Thought

Food Starter served up an array of seminars for the business-minded food lover. (Photos)

Bald Baker:  Shared ways to provide a Sugar-Free Holiday featuring healthier holiday baking ideas.
Tropic Thunders: revealed the Secrets of Ceviche, covering buying fish, essential knife skills, and how to select ingredients for the perfect ceviche appetizer.
Food Starter & the City of Toronto: shared tips for Food Entrepreneurs to ensure their product ideas are fresh enough to find their niche.


Food Starter Office Holiday Hours

Below is our holiday schedule. Please note that although Food Starter is closed Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, our facility remains open at all times for our clients with authorized access (key fob and alarm code).

St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market

You can meet our makers in person at the St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market this holiday season and the New Year.
Saturday, December 30 Saturday, Jan 6
Saturday, Jan 13 Saturday, Jan 20
Join our Weekly Tour & Information Sessions held every Friday at 11:30am!

Ready to produce?! We’ve got you covered!

Food Starter offers Hourly Production.

Email our Operations Manager Carlos ([email protected]) with a brief description of your product & process, and let’s scale up your food production!

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