Start Your Own Specialty Food Business(0 customer reviews)
Bring Your Fresh Ideas to Market and Profit
Fueled by growing consumer demand for new tastes, cleaner ingredients, health benefits, and more convenient ways to shop and eat, the business of specialty food is taking off at full speed. This step-by-step guide arms entrepreneurial foodies like yourself with an industry overview, the hottest trends, important research and statistics, and insight from practicing specialty food business owners on key growth drivers, opportunities, and how you can differentiate from other food businesses.
Discover how to:
- Find the right avenue for your specialty food business: home-based, retail shop, production, wholesale, or distribution
- Create a solid business plan, get funded, and get the essential equipment
- Get the right licenses, codes, permits, insurance for your operations
- Gain a competitive edge using market and product research
- Find a profitable location, partnerships, and in-store shelf space
- Promote your business, products, and services online and offline
- Attract new and loyal customers using social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest
- Manage daily operations, costs, and employees
- Plus, get valuable resource lists, sample business plans, checklists, and worksheets
If you can stomach the stress of perishables, swallow the fickleness of the consumer of specialty foods, and keep up with the ever-changing trends in this growing industry, the specialty food business is for you. Get started today!
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★★★★☆By Jan H on 13 Jun 2016
"This is a good start if you're at the stage of considering what needs to happen for taking something to a business level. There are many business books out there covering consideration of attorneys, brick vs online, accounting etc. This covers those as well. Touching on website and social media brings more factors. If you have already read starting business books this doesn't offer much new. If you're making gifts for people and thinking about a food business, this can save you time, money and headaches."
★★★★☆By Darren I on 30 Mar 2016
"This is a clearly a specialist book, aimed at helping people jump on a trend to set up their own specialty food business. There is growing demand for locally produced, specialist food and drink products and a book like this may help spark an idea and help actualize its development.
Clearly this is written with a U.S. audience in mind, although a lot of the advice will still be the same regardless of where you are in the world. It is just that you may need to check the legal and regulatory side of things by yourself. In any case, the book gives a quite sensible, calm and focused look at the various steps involved in setting up a specialty food business, without resort to hyperbole, so you clearly understand it is not an easy undertaking but it can potentially be a worthwhile one.
Despite being a focused, specialist read it managed to hit the right spot and get this reviewer thinking or daydreaming. Now, there is no way that one will knowingly set up a specialist food business but never say never… The regulatory climate local to this reviewer is not overly welcoming towards the smaller guy having a go, yet things are changing and many are already setting out and trying to carve a niche for themselves in an otherwise large sea of mediocrity delivered by the major chains and the big brands.
Even if you have a vague idea, this book could help you stress-test your thoughts. Its low price would be a good investment and it may save your sanity and finances if you don’t go forward with a half-baked plan. If you are still convinced that there is a market waiting for you, then the book’s advice will be golden and pay for itself many times over in a blink of an eye.
It could even be a good read for the curious, general reader; providing a little insight to a sector that many think is easy (it is just cooking, right?) but in reality it can be very challenging, frustrating and features a lot of hard work."
★★★★☆By Prasanna B on 15 Mar 2016
"Eating and exploring new foods has become the most passive of adventures that everyone can and want to participate in. Do you think you know what people want? Are you an amazing chef stuck at a chain restaurant? Or are you a food enthusiast who feels strongly that the idea you have is the next big wave in the food business.
Having all of these skills alone does not make you a good businessman. You still need to adhere to various governmental regulations and be able to manage finances and other resources if you want to bring your idea to fruition. In Start Your Own Specialty Food Business, Cheryll Kimball and Entrepreneur Media bring you a detailed view of every little thing that you must consider before taking the plunge.
Starting and running a business is a difficult job. Food and other perishable products bring in additional food safety and other similar regulations in the picture that most other businesses do not. But before you get into doing all the formalities, what is important is analyzing if the idea that yo have is viable and if it is the right kind of business for you. Does your personality align with the type of business idea you have? The authors begin with asking these basic questions and give you the Pros and Cons of different business models that you can take up.
You may be the best at what you do, but that doesn’t make you a great business person. You will still needs mentors to guide you. Organizations like SCORE and SBA are a great place to get the business information that you need. The authors share various case studies and examples of Specialty Food Businesses that have succeeded and gives the readers information about how these people started out and how they have carved a niche for themselves in Meet Your Mentors.
Every business had specific needs beyond the basic business registration, financing resources, and other similar tasks. Start Your Own Specialty Food Business takes care of these special needs and requirements associated to food business gives readers the resources to move toward getting their business on ground. From idea to taking your business live. From fulfilling licensing requirements to Marketing. Start Your Own Specialty Food Business is a basic reference guide for anyone in the food industry who wants to go their own way. The book is a starting point that will give you the basics and point you to the advanced resources that you need to set up and run your specialty food business."