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CALL FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT OF TWO NEW BOOKS ABOUT SPECIALTY FOOD MARKETING

Dear Colleagues:

Here is your chance to make a contribution to the specialty food industry. Simply send in your review of one or both of two new books about the specialty food trade.



We will also publish reviews and commentary of the two new books in future issues of Food Entrepreneur Magazine.



The two books are:



1. Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business. By Mimi Shotland Fix, Self Counsel Press, August 2009. Windows CD-ROM.

“Whether you… Continue

Added by Steve on February 3, 2010 at 8:11am — 2 Comments

SFO FANCY FOOD SHOW RESULTS

Hi,

Here is just one comment from an exhibitor at this week's Fancy Food Show:

"The show was a spectacular success. We have 183 leads, and about 45 are URGENT, with promises of immediate business attached. It’s never quite that simple. But we’re holding what we think are very good, new possibilities."

Added by Steve on January 20, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

DEALING WITH AMERICAN INDIANS? BUYER BEWARE!

I determined, much to my chagrin, that American Indian tribes are immune from suits. UNLESS you can get them to sign a contract that has language waiving that immunity.



There is a lot of settled law on this issue; however, there are really no remedies for a vendor/supplier or anyone doing business with Indians without the waiver.



The unfortunate aspect is the lack of due process that results when the tribe invokes its sovereign immunity. In other words, you are… Continue

Added by Steve on October 7, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

HOW NOT TO DO IT??

Here is a recent email exchange with an editor-in-chief of a major food trade publication: "The point I was trying to make is that it would not benefit us at all, from a business standpoint, to sponsor your publication. We have a controlled circulation and are not trying to drum up new subscribers. Does that make sense?"



This was in response to an inquiry I made about the possibility of either sponsoring an edition of our online magazine, and/or writing an article about the growing… Continue

Added by Steve on October 7, 2009 at 12:58pm — No Comments

MANAGEMENT STYLE - SCARCITY VS ABUNDANCE

This is from the July issue of Wired Magazine:



ELEMENT - SCARCITY ABUNDANCE

Rules: Everything is forbidden. Everything is permitted,

unless it is permitted. Unless it is forbidden.



Social Model - Paternalism Egalitarianism

("We know what's best") ("You know what's best.")



Profit Plan - Business model=We'll figure it out



Decision Process - Top-down, Bottom-up



Organizational Command & control - Out of control



I… Continue

Added by Steve on June 21, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

SPECIALTY FOOD PRODUCTION - POWDERS

Hello,

Do any of you use powders, specialty powders, in the production of your specialty foods?

If so, can you share with me the types of powder?

Thank you.

Steve

Added by Steve on June 15, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

MONEY, MONEY. HAVE ANY OF YOU BEEN ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE SBA "ARC LOAN PROGRAM?"

Hello,



The following is from the 43rd edition of Food Entrepreneur Magazine:



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STOP PRESS!!!

ATTENTION small business owners who could benefit from the SBA 2009 Recovery Act.



SBA says:



- Deferred-payment loan up to $35k

- Must be an existing (minimum two years), viable, small business in the U.S.

- Funds can be given out over six months, followed by 12 months with no repayment of principal, followed by a repayment… Continue

Added by Steve on June 11, 2009 at 11:42am — 2 Comments

JOB AVAILABLE - VP SALES FOR CHOCOHOLICS

Chocoholics Divine Desserts

Vice President of Sales - Specialty Foods

Position Profile



Position Location

Corporate Headquarters, Clements, CA

Chocoholics Divine Desserts

San Francisco / Sacramento / Stockton Region



Company Websites http://gourmetchocolate.com





Company Overview

Chocoholics, a 15 year old privately held company, are a leader in the gourmet chocolate industry renowned for its ultra-premium chocolate, impeccable… Continue

Added by Steve on March 20, 2009 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

Take our mini-surveys

Take our mini-surveys and submit questions for future surveys and articles for publication in FE. Current survey is about "life before specialty food marketing." What did you do before you got the… Continue

Added by Steve on December 21, 2007 at 4:05pm — No Comments

BE COURAGEOUS, FOCUSED AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAM

The following is offered by Food Product Business Development Consultant Teddi McMillen, author of Nirvana in a Cup that highlights her success as a co-founder of Oregon Chai.…

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Added by Steve on December 21, 2007 at 4:04pm — No Comments

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