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Holiday Strategy Planning Part Three

holiday Nov 03, 2019
 

The holidays are coming up and are you ready to make this holiday season count this year? I want you to be super profitable and go into the holidays with a plan so that you end the year in the black with a super successful season.

But the key to being successful for the holidays is you have to have a plan. Now. This is the best time to spend some time planning your holiday strategy. So let's get into it for the best package food advice for the season.

When I worked for Whole Foods Market, I was making holiday decisions in July and August. Don't make the mistake of scrambling at the last minute to try to put together your holiday plans. You will have already missed them. Amazing opportunities are there, but you'll miss a lot of them if you wait 'til the last minute. 

So whether you are selling at markets and holiday shows or you're on the shelves of grocery stores or gift stores, I'm going to help you over three blog posts to really put together a strategy and be sure...

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Holiday Strategy Planning Part Two

Uncategorized Nov 03, 2019
 

The holidays are coming up and are you ready to make this holiday season count this year? I want you to be super profitable and go into the holidays with a plan so that you end the year in the black with a super successful season.

But the key to being successful for the holidays is you have to have a plan. Now. This is the best time to spend some time planning your holiday strategy. So let's get into it for the best package food advice for the season.

When I worked for Whole Foods Market, I was making holiday decisions in July and August. Don't make the mistake of scrambling at the last minute to try to put together your holiday plans. You will have already missed them. Amazing opportunities are there, but you'll miss a lot of them if you wait 'til the last minute.

So whether you are selling at markets and holiday shows or you're on the shelves of grocery stores or gift stores, I'm going to help you over three blog posts to really put together a strategy and be sure that...

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Holiday Strategy Planning Part One

Uncategorized Nov 03, 2019
 

The holidays are coming up and are you ready to make this holiday season count this year? I want you to be super profitable and go into the holidays with a plan so that you end the year in the black with a super successful season.

But the key to being successful for the holidays is you have to have a plan. Now. This is the best time to spend some time planning your holiday strategy. So let's get into it for the best package food advice for the season.

When I worked for Whole Foods Market, I was making holiday decisions in July and August. Don't make the mistake of scrambling at the last minute to try to put together your holiday plans. You will have already missed them. Amazing opportunities are there, but you'll miss a lot of them if you wait 'til the last minute. 

So whether you are selling at markets and holiday shows or you're on the shelves of grocery stores or gift stores, I'm going to help you over three blog posts to really put together a strategy and be sure...

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2019 Cottage Food Updates

Uncategorized Oct 15, 2019

For those of you who want to get started under Cottage Food Act, a state by state law that allows you to make certain foods in your home kitchen and sell them directly to the public, I just got this email from David Crabill at Forager and had to share them below.  

David hosts a Cottage Foods website and you can join as a member and get into questions inside the forum at no charge. Forager is a pretty great resource that I highly recommend. 


Here are this year's laws, based on when they took/take effect:

California -- AB 626 -- January 1st
California kicked off the new year with their new law for “microenterprise home kitchen operations”. Basically, the law allows mini home restaurants, but only if counties approve. And as I predicted last year, counties are saying no to this law; so far, only one (Riverside) has allowed these businesses. But even with massive limitations, it's still impressive that this type of law passed at all.

West Virginia -- SB 285 -- June...

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Navigating the Waters of Licensing and Regulations

business setup licensing Sep 05, 2019

Be sure to check out my guest post for Recipal where I break down the steps to figure out which licenses you need based on your food type and where you want to sell your product.

This is a great place to start when you are just starting to research the logistics of setting up a packaged food or drink business. 

 

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Should You Start a Packaged Food Business?

 

I bet you know that one delicious thing that you make the most - whether it's a jam, a salsa, a cookie, a Kombucha, a cupcake, or something else. People ask for it time and time again and you're the hit of the party when you bring it. So you might be asking yourself or everybody might be telling you that you should start that food business. You should turn your hobby, this delicious hobby into a food business. Well, I am going to give you four questions to ask yourself before you start and before you jump in, whether you should actually start that food business. 

If you are considering starting a food business, ask yourself these four questions before you spend another dime pursuing this dream. I'm Sari Kimbell. I'm the founder of Food Business Success and I have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and start and grow their profitable food businesses. A food business can be a very expensive hobby. And my goal is to help you avoid wasting time and money. Let's...

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Set Up Your Food Business Correctly

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2019
 

Starting a food business is hard. It can also be very expensive. There are so many licenses and regulations that you need to have just to get set up and ready to sell food. I'm here to help make your life easier and give you the step by step instructions of what you need to do to set up a legitimate food business. I'm Sari Kimbell and I am the founder of Food Business Success. And I'm a food industry consultant. I have helped hundreds of clients and food entrepreneurs just like you get their business started and launched as a legitimate profitable food business.

You have an idea for a food business. The first step is to set up your business legally and formally. And first thing you're going to need is a name, right? So think of a creative name. It's getting harder and harder these days to find names that aren't trademarked or don't already have the website domain taken. So do a little bit of homework and think through the name that you want for your business.

When you're doing...

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Other Licenses You Need to Start

Uncategorized Jul 19, 2019
 

Starting a food business is hard and can be really expensive. There are so many regulations and licenses and things you need to know about. I'm going to teach you about some of the licenses, regulations, and legal things that you need to do to set up your business for success and make your food business real. Today, we're going to talk about some of the other licenses that you need beyond your food licenses. My name is Sari Kimble and I'm the creator of Food Business Success. I help business entrepreneurs launch and grow successful, profitable businesses. If you haven't, yet, before you get started here, check out my other blog post about getting your food business set up.


There is no specific business license for a food business. So really, your business license is your tax license. So we're going to talk about sales tax licenses first. Food is an interesting category for a lot of states. Food falls into two categories, the first is ready to eat and the second is packaged food...

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Price Your Product for Profitabilty

cpg pricing Jul 17, 2019
 

You're ready to start your packaged food business and now you have a lot of little details to deal with. Today we're going to talk about pricing. You want to make sure that you actually price your product for profitability. There are four mistakes that I see packaged food business entrepreneurs make when they price their product, which can lead to an expensive hobby and not a profitable food business. 

Mistake number one is not understanding what cost of goods sold is, or what's included or how to calculate it correctly. Cost of goods sold is commonly referred to as COGS. This includes your food ingredients - everything it takes to make the actual product all the way down to the salt added. It also includes your packaging - anything you need to hold the product. The next component is active time making the product and the last is active time packaging the product. These are all costs that you want to ensure you're covering when you're pricing your product so you're making a...

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How to stand out and get more sales

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2019
 

You have your product idea and a plan to produce it. Now we need to talk about how you're going to get that product to leap off the shelf or off your farmers market booth and into your customer's hands so that you can increase your sales. Today, we're going to talk about eight ideas on ways that you can do that. 

Your product is on the shelf with a lot of other brands and different varieties within those brands. As a consumer, there are so many different varieties you can choose from. We need to focus on what makes your defensibly unique from everyone else's and capitalize on that. 

The first way to stand out is your name. You have the opportunity to create a name that sticks out for people. A name that surprises them or is funny and makes them stop and think about it. 

The second way to stand out is with your ingredients. Maybe you source local ingredients for your product or it's a more specialty item that you're using like hatch green chilies or Anaheim chilies....

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