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What’s New In Food Starter? July Newsletter

July 19, 2018

Food Starter Popup Roundtable

As part of Food Starter’s Popup Roundtable events, we’re pleased to have Certified Financial Planner® and Chartered Life Underwriter® Marlene C. Buxton lead our next topic: How to Structure Variable Cash Flow for Your Business.
This informal 2-hour presentation covers basic financial management for entrepreneurs, including cash flow management, fee-only financial planning, and the importance of unbiased advice. This practical session is ideal for food entrepreneurs looking to focus on growing their enterprise day-to-day while securing their financial future.

How to Structure Variable Cash Flow for Your Business
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Food Starter, 76 Densley Avenue, Toronto, ON M6M 2R3

Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Cost: Non-Food Starter Clients: $35 plus tax
Active Food Starter Clients: $25 plus tax
(Contact Mingki Choi  for special Food Starter client pricing.)
Stay tuned for other popup roundtable events.


Food Starter’s Incubator Alley at CHFA East

With this year’s theme of Connecting the Industry, Food Starter is proud to be taking part in the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) East tradeshowOur Incubator Alley is generously sponsored by the City of Toronto and features six Food Starter clients. Over the course of the two days, AbokichUn buns(Keto Buns), AlmondiaFru-V Smoothie and Bald Baker will be connecting with the expected 3,400 attending retailers from their very own 8-foot by 6-foot booth.
If you were counting, you’ll notice there’s one spot left in Incubator Alley. While all other exhibit space is sold out, Food Starter’s final booth is your chance to take part in Canada’s largest conference and trade show for the natural health and organics industry – and at a discounted rate. If interested, contact [email protected] by July 17 for availability, pricing, and details on the equipment provided.
Attend this event, meet our client entrepreneurs in Incubation Alley, and spot other Food Starter clients exhibiting with their respective distributors, such as BroyaJaswant’s KitchenFit CricketWholly Veggie and Baru Baron.
CHFA East Tradeshow
September 15 & 16, 2018, Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto, ON
For tickets, register via the CHFA website


Canadian Cannabis

Food Entrepreneurs High on Cannabis

The legalization of cannabis creates a wide range of opportunities for food entrepreneurs looking to create marijuana-based edibles. But it’s more complicated than whipping up a new formula for hash brownies. In this report, Food Starter brings together the wisdom of international experts to give a broad overview of the varied and complex aspects of what will likely be a $7 billion market. Check out the statistics, projections, and issues here

Cannabis edibles & beverages survey

No doubt about it. Pot is hot. To better serve your educational needs in this new industry, Food Starter has created a short survey aimed at those interested in exploring cannabis food and beverage market opportunities. Ten short questions. Two minutes of your time. Endless possibilities. Help us help you. Complete this quick survey.


Retail Reality

Every food entrepreneur dreams of seeing their product on store shelves. But what’s really involved? To give you an idea of what’s needed to break into the retail sector, we asked three Food Starter clients to share their stories. Richa Gupta of GOOD FOOD FOR GOOD, Dan Sennet of Bald Baker, and Kam Karamchi of Broya generously share their experiences in this three-part series.

Part 1: Initiating First Contact covers how to approach retailers, who to approach, and how to make yourself stand out.
Part 2: Conquering the Red Tape looks at paperwork including certification, audits, inspections, and crossing all those Ts.
Part 3: Maintaining the Love is set to go live on Thursday, July 19th.  Drop by the Food Starter blog to find out how to keep your product from getting bumped by the competition, ways to grow your presence, unexpected outcomes of retails success, and some hard-earned final thoughts.


Market Feasibility Boot Camp #8

Would you rather save time or money? How about both? Many start-ups waste resources and time learning what will and won’t work for their business. To combat this, Food Starter created our Marketing Feasibility Boot Camp (MFBC), a targeted, 12-week course designed specifically to help pre-revenue and early-stage food innovators arrive at that crucial go/no-go decision. MFBC reduces costly growing pains by taking clients through the necessary steps, in the right order. Topics include costing, R&D, business plans, commercial equipment sales, trends, packaging and more.
Not convinced? Here’s what past participants had to say:
Taking my market feasibility boot camp at food starter, it’s really eye opening and provides valuable information and insight into the food industry. — Angela Elizabeth Marie 
If you are a Food Startup and not involved with the Food Starter you are going to waste years. The Food Starter can catapult your company into your future. — Zale Tabakman 


Cohort 7 just presented their business plans to Food Starter Board members, innovative consultants and crowdfunding experts. Can you picture yourself at the table? Our next course begins on September 12, 2018. Space is limited. Apply right now to secure your spot


St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market

Each Saturday, Food Stater features two clients at our St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market booth. Vendors not only showcase their goods, they receive vital customer feedback, and have a chance to meet the buying public face-to-face. Interested in this market opportunity? Contact [email protected] (Food Starter clients exclusive)
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, July 28
Join our Weekly Tour & Information Sessions held every Friday at 11:30am!

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