Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

Why a Value Chain is the new Supply Chain While presenting to a client in Texas on supply chains, we realized that we were using the words supply chain and value chain interchangeably -- is that correct? The answer is no. But, like all “food system terms” in the Good...

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Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

Last night I had the genuine pleasure of sharing a few remarks about sustainable food systems with a group of food industry professionals in Chicago. It was an event hosted by Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, formed last year to catalyze the 4,500 food...

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Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors Are you a food hub that sees surges from your farmers in broccoli in the summer or beets in the fall? Have you been trying to figure out how to take advantage of a big glut of produce...

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Toolsite Spotlight (5 of 6): The Kitchen Facility HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (5 of 6): The Kitchen Facility HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Do you own or have access to an entire building, space or business and want to convert it into a commercial kitchen or food business incubator but are not sure where to start? Today...

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Toolsite Spotlight (4 of 6): The Produce Facility Hubsizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (4 of 6): The Produce Facility Hubsizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Do you own or have access to an entire building, space or business and want to convert it into a commercial kitchen or food business incubator but are not sure where to start? Today...

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Toolsite Spotlight (3 of 6): The Local Produce HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (3 of 6): The Local Produce HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Over the past few weeks we’ve explored how to analyze a market for local food with the Local Food MarketSizer® tool; investigated how to turn a grocery store into a food hub with the...

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Toolsite Spotlight (2 of 6): The Rural Grocery HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (2 of 6): The Rural Grocery HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re looking into how to use the Local Produce HubSizer® tool to estimate the economics and potential markets of a produce food hub. For this post, we’ll take you on the...

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Toolsite Spotlight (1 of 6): The Local Food MarketSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (1 of 6): The Local Food MarketSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re digging into how to use the Rural Grocery HubSizer® tool. This tool was designed for an owner and/or operator of an independent grocery store that has at least some...

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6 New Tools for Food System Planners

6 New Tools for Food System Planners

We are so excited about the launch of the NVA Toolsite and to get these tools into the hands of food system professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, store owners and all of the hard working planners out there! Over the next six weeks, this NVA Toolsite Spotlight...

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Good Food Glossary: What is (and isn’t) a Food Hub?

Good Food Glossary: What is (and isn’t) a Food Hub?

Over the last nine years New Venture Advisors has had the privilege of participating in over 60 food systems studies ranging from feasibility studies to market assessments, business plans and strategic business improvement plans. They have ranged in focus from local...

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Reflections on Leadership and Human Flourishing

Reflections on Leadership and Human Flourishing

Anyone reading the food news these days would think that Big Food is dead. In recent years, analysts have been alert to the trends, publishing excellent reports such as Is Big Food In Trouble? (A.T. Kearney/The Hartman Group, 2016), Invasion of the bottle snatchers:...

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14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

Two years ago my husband and I became the co-owners of EcoEnclose, a business that manufactures and distributes sustainable shipping solutions to eco-focused ecommerce businesses. Through my many years as a management consultant and then a food entrepreneur, my...

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Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

We set out to curate a list of books that might comprise the canon of literature of the good food movement. But we quickly realized that the vastness of the issues and range of viewpoints would make it almost impossible to settle on a shortlist. So instead we decided...

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Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Anyone who has attempted to launch a food business knows how difficult it can be. Whether it’s raising capital, finding and retaining talent, balancing a side hustle with a full time job or finding reliable co-packers, we hear lots of stories from entrepreneurs that...

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Climate Change and Agriculture – Reflections from California

Climate Change and Agriculture – Reflections from California

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Do you own or have access to an entire building, space or business and want to convert it into a commercial kitchen or food business incubator but are not sure where to start? Today...

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10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Over the past few weeks we’ve explored how to analyze a market for local food with the Local Food MarketSizer® tool; investigated how to turn a grocery store into a food hub with the...

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Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors Are you a food hub that sees surges from your farmers in broccoli in the summer or beets in the fall? Have you been trying to figure out how to take advantage of a big glut of produce...

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When to Leap and When to Learn

When to Leap and When to Learn

Last night I had the genuine pleasure of sharing a few remarks about sustainable food systems with a group of food industry professionals in Chicago. It was an event hosted by Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network, formed last year to catalyze the 4,500 food...

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6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

There are so many “new” terms out there describing our food these days. They are on the produce racks (natural, organic, local, sustainably grown, fresh) and they are in the grocery aisles (whole grain, gluten free, no preservatives) and in the meat case! (hormone...

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Rural Grocery Food Hubs: Our Findings, the Future and a Widget

Rural Grocery Food Hubs: Our Findings, the Future and a Widget

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Over the past few weeks we’ve explored how to analyze a market for local food with the Local Food MarketSizer® tool; investigated how to turn a grocery store into a food hub with the...

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