1. What is sustainable wholesale food manufacturing?
Capitalize on your ability to create delicious food with your own special recipe(s) to start a sustainable wholesale food manufacturing business. Examples can include Jams/Jellies, sauces, salsas, bread, baked goods, soups, beverages and more! You can sell directly to customers at markets or wholesale to other vendors and store owners. By using organic and locally produced foods, you are supporting the local food economy while reducing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, in addition to creating a product your customers will likely seek out, pay a premium for, and talk to their friends about.
Traditionally in this industry, manufacturers would have to market their food products to retail stores and endure tiny margins and no control over product placement. However, with the explosion in the number of farmer’s markets in the U.S. and worldwide, the ability to market locally crafted specialty foods directly to the consumer has provided openings for many entrepreneurs to get started with their business. In addition, global demand for healthy and environmentally friendly specialty foods created locally has greatly expanded.
2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?
The person who runs this kind of business must have a great recipe, enjoy perfecting and repeating the same recipes, and have good people skills to sell the product. Also, some professional kitchen experience will go a long way to understanding efficiencies and equipment needed to get started.
3. How much money is required to start?
$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)
4. What is the income potential?
$$-$$$ (on a scale of $ to $$$$$) (Think “Newman’s Own“–that started as a specialty wholesale food manufacturing company, so think big!)
5. What is the best location for a sustainable wholesale food manufacturing business?
You need access to a commercial kitchen and great ingredients, so if your community has a terrific farmer’s market and a commercial kitchen to rent, you can pretty much start this business anywhere.
6. The best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):
Do you have a recipe or product that you are known for by your friends and family as being especially delicious?
Do you enjoy long hours in a kitchen crafting and working towards consistency?
Do you enjoy speaking directly to customers and getting them to try/purchase your product?
Do you have access to farmer’s markets, and retail or specialty food outlets, who could carry your products?
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