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  • Today we completed the first of our cohort workshop series From the Ground Up 2020 Ready for Retail: Research and Development/Operations at BCIT Centre for Applied Research & Innovation.Thank you to our speakers from BCIT Hong Sy, Rebecca Robertson, Richard Ranftl, and to our own Daphne Tsai!Although we created this opportunity for trade show vendors, these workshops are open to anyone who is interested in learning how to get retail and trade show ready.Coming up:Compliance and Packaging / Oct 30, 2019
Ready to Sell / Nov 19, 2019
Distribution / Dec 11, 2019
Financial Readiness for Growth / Jan 14, 2020
Digital Marketing / Feb 12, 2020You can register at goodtogrowproducts.com/workshops .
#fromthegrounduptradeshow #bcfarmersmarket #foodbusiness #BCtastesbetter #supportlocalbc #smallbizbc #BuyBC #businessworkshops #vancouver
  • If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet, we are so thrilled to introduce to you Daphne Tsai, BSc, Master of Food Science, Good to Grow’s Product Development and Marketing Specialist.Daphne has been working with Good to Grow for some time, but now after completing her Master’s degree, she has stepped into a full-time role.We are very fortunate to have Daphne on our team—and so are you!Her experience and knowledge in #foodscience and #productdevelopment is vast and diverse.She is a Food Scientist, meaning she is an expert in the chemistry, physics, biology, and analysis of food.With her experience in operations, sales, plant safety, sensory testing, #consumermarketing, and working with #foodbrands like Lipton, Hampton House, So Nice Beverage, Sunrise, and Daiya, she brings a holistic view to product development and marketing.Daphne is a talented product developer/taster with an excellent palette to develop flavours, and she combines her deep understanding of ingredients to create balanced products.A very warm welcome, Daphne! 🌱
  • F o o d for T h o u g h t // 🌱Thinking about expanding to retail? Here’s a budgeting tip:When you enter the retail market channel, be prepared with marketing dollars to support your brand. Retail expectations vary depending on size and strategy but one thing is certain—they all expect you to promote your products with discounts, in-store advertising and demos, so make sure you budget for it.
  • #bclocalproductlove // 🌱We don’t know what we love more—the fresh and tasty Ají products or the family and story behind @ajigourmetproducts. Okay, it’s a tie!Dyana and Carlos, along with their two children Nicholas and Allison, moved to Canada from Columbia in 1999, bringing with them their traditional South American condiment—Ají.How they turned their family #Ají recipe into a huge success with numerous products sold in over 130 retailers in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and the US, all started with a request for Dyana to bring guacamole to a hockey event...Read their full story at ajigourmetproducts.com.Aji Gourmet Products was officially founded in 2005, and today they offer a variety of products including their signature chunky chili condiment, hot sauce, pasta sauce, and the newest to the line-up is their guacamole mix—how it all began!If you want to next level your condiments, dips and sauces, you need to add Ají. Follow @ajigourmetproducts to see where you can find them.
#bcbuylocal #madeinbc #bcfarmersmarkets #eatdrinkbc #supportlocalbc #BCtastesbetter #BuyBC #bcfoodprocessors #fromthegrounduptradeshow
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  • We know running your own business is not always sales and sunshine. It. is. hard. work. Often frustrating, but more often rewarding.What is the hardest part of running your #foodbusiness? 🌱 “When I launched my former business Tarragon Foods, the hardest part bar none was knowing that the buck stopped with me every day, every moment.” — Andrea Gray-Grant, owner @goodtogrowproductsPhoto circa 2007 of Andrea and her first display of Tarragon Foods products at @wholefoodsbc West Van .
#growyourbusiness #bcbusiness #bcbuylocal #smallbizbc #madeinbc #bcfarmersmarket #entrepreneur #bcfoodprocessors #flashbackfriday
  • Thank you to our wonderful panel of industry experts who juried the food and beverage products submitted for From the Ground Up Trade Show 2020.We wrapped up today, and we’re so pleased with the #BClocal products and brands that entered. Stay tuned for more info coming!February 20, 2020—mark your calendar because you’re not going to want to miss #FromtheGroundUpTradeShow and the opportunity to meet the next up-and-coming food brands!
#eatdrinkbuyBC #vancouverevents #foodtradeshow #foodbusiness #BCtastesbetter #supportlocalbc #smallbizbc #BuyBC