Food Business Consulting

Learn about the services we provide to help you identify the right food enterprise model to meet your unique needs, and the expertise we’ve developed across a number of food business categories.

Our Services

New Venture Advisors designed a multi-stage process to uncover the needs of our clients and opportunities within their markets, and help them develop solutions through new food ventures. We conduct Food System Assessments, write Food System Plans, lead Feasibility Studies, develop Business Plans and help businesses grow through customized consulting.

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Our Expertise

New Venture Advisors has led more than 100 food systems and food enterprise development projects across the country. In doing so, we’ve gained expertise in designing customized models of local food hubs and distribution systems, food business incubators, food processing operations, food enterprises focused on health access and equity, and small grains ventures to name a few.

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It was a pleasure to work with New Venture Advisors and refreshing to get practical, real-world advice from a consultant. All too often, consultants are willing to sell findings and recommendations that are convenient for the client, but that may not be in their best interest. NVA approached our project as a partner and kept us moving in the right direction.

Daniel Wayne

Senior Planner, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency

 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. The facility will also feature an incubation kitchen, demonstration kitchen, event and classroom space, collaborative office and conference facilities, and housing.  New Venture Advisors developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)