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 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 excess storage capacity throughout the week. Independent rural grocery stores face […]

6 New Tools for Food System Planners

6 New Tools for Food System Planners

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 food hubs to value added processing facilities, kitchen incubators, local grain storage and healthy […]

Big Goes Small and Small Goes Big: 5 Ways Big Food is Finding Growth in the New Food Economy

Big Goes Small and Small Goes Big: 5 Ways Big Food is Finding Growth in the New Food Economy

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: Smaller rivals are assaulting the world’s biggest brands (The Economist, 2016) […]

When to Leap and When to Learn

When to Leap and When to Learn

December…while it is, first and foremost, a time for us to be with our friends and family, be thankful, take out our mittens and hats, and celebrate the season – it is also the time for reflection and planning. This may sound boring to some people, but we tend to geek out over this stuff […]

6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

Of our growing list of local food systems projects, the majority of them are focused on how to best help move local specialty produce into more wholesale markets. We love this work, and it is incredible to see how this landscape of local produce intermediaries has evolved and matured over the past six years. But […]