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7 Places to get Support for Food Startups

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Here are 7 places to get support for food startups, came to me as I was thinking how can we support them?

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At Food 4 Social Change, we haven’t been able to establish a commercial kitchen yet. We host monthly meetings on various topics that have come up in discussions – and formed a Facebook group called: “The Food Startup Movement.” Be sure to come join us!

After all, the vision is to support food startups to launch, provide the help they need when they need it. Just sharing some organizations of whom have been operating for awhile now, they all offer some wonderful resources.

1. Slow Food, was a group I first heard about many years ago – I just realized they are still going strong. Their vision is that there is Good, Clean and Fair Food For All

Slow Food’s mission:
+ For All: Good, clean and fair food should be accessible to all and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and nations. 2014 has been declared by the United Nations to be the “International Year of Family Farming.” Inextricably linked to national and global food security, family farming should be celebrated because it produces 80% of the food eaten by the Earth’s population. Slow Food believes family farming should and will save the planet. Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries.

2. Another similar group – Slow Money has local chapters of which you may go to for meetings. Meet new friends. They are creating LOCAL NETWORKS & INVESTMENT CLUBS. Twenty-four local networks and 13 investment clubs have formed, to keep investments with farmers and the producers in business.

The Vision: Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision about what it means to be an investor in the 21st Century.

3. Edible Startups has a great blog, here is an article about the state of affairs about food.

4. Red Tomato, Established itself in 1997, in Plainville, Massachusetts, Red Tomato is an ambitious non-profit that works its heart out to deliver fresh, great tasting produce while cultivating a more sustainable, ethical food system.

Rooted in fair trade, Red Tomato strives to bring fairness, transparency and sustainability to every aspect of the way we do business — including stewardship of the earth, equitable and safe treatment of farmers and workers, wide access to affordable and healthy food, and the financial well-being of both Red Tomato and the farms in our network. Like a coop, a wholesale distribution center, working together.

5. Local Food Lab Offers 3 day bootcamps for food startups. From LA to New York. A three-day intensive business course and workshop led by top startup instructors and a panel of experienced food entrepreneurs from your city. Learn about the latest startup planning strategies through the lens of your existing food business or new food startup idea.

6. Specialty Food Association.
It’s a landmark year for specialty foods: the industry topped $100 billion in 2014, according to the State of the Specialty Food Industry. Find more highlights from this annual report in the Spring issue of Specialty Food Magazine, with an in-depth look at supply chain trends in manufacturing, foodservice, retail, importing, and broker/distributor channels. This issue also features a spotlight on foodservice, including a panel of chefs talking trends in fine dining, catering, cruise ships, and other hospitality channels; emerging cuisines like the resurgence of ramen; and the secret behind successful signature products and dishes.

7. Read their online magazine. They also have A forum to ask questions about your challenges.

Mari-Lyn Harris

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