E-Commerce, Co-Packer Recommendations And More: The Solution Center Week In Review, Week Of August 28th

Greetings, Folks:

First and foremost, we here at the Association want to extend our support and assistance to those of you affected by Hurricane Harvey. We want to know how you and your families are doing, and we are here to help you in any way we can, including running a company status update for you in Specialty Food News.  If you are able, please contact Sara Rutkowski at srutkowski@specialtyfood.com, or give us a call at 646-878-0132 to let us know how you are. We care about all of our members and stand ready to assist. 

We’ll start this week’s visit will start off with a few quick reminders:

Embrace Hunger Relief Month Starts Today Embrace Hunger Relief Month is a time when the Association and our member companies donate time, money, and/or products to help our hungry neighbors. Click here for more information on how to participate. 

PCQI Training Session – September 12th To help your business with FSMA compliance, we’re holding the second of two PCQI training sessions on September 12th in Amherst, MA. Click here to register. In order to participate in this event, you must have completed Part 1 of the blended course—visit the FSPCA site to learn more.  

Excite Talk Presentations Available as Part Of Future Friday Video Series As part of a new, weekly Future Friday video series, the Specialty Food Association is highlighting the thought leaders, innovators, and influencers who inspired attendees at SFA’s Excite Talks at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Viewers of these short videos will learn how microalgae and plant-based dishes will fuel food innovations, the most inventive and efficient ways to repurpose food waste, approaching product development with empathy for nature, and a host of other thought-provoking topics. Click the above link for a schedule of upcoming additions to the series; click here to go straight to the video page. Below are postings for today and next week:

September 1: Mike Lee, founder of Studio Industries and the Future Market, talks about “Envisioning the Future of Food.”
September 8: Alvyn Severien, CEO and co-founder of Algama presents “Microalgae: An Untapped Resource That Will Feed the Future.”  

This Week in the Q&A Forum
No matter where you are in your business cycle, you’re going to encounter new challenges…and be able to share your experience. Stop by the Q&A Forum to ask questions, share advice, and connect with peers on your own schedule. Here’s a sip from the flight of recent forum activity:

Bean to Bar Chocolate “I'm looking for information and statistics regarding bean to bar chocolate and it's market share. Are there any reports available?”

Co Packer NYC Area “We're looking for a co packer a little closer to home to handle our organic mustard and ketchup sku's. The ketchup is hot fill and the mustard is cold fill.”

Specialty Condiment Broker East Coast “We produce specialty sauces and condiments and looking to expand in the New Jersey / New York vicinity and looking for a broker as well as small distributor seasoned in these areas.”

Custom Flavored Sugar Cubes “Wondering if anyone out there in the specialty food-iverse make and supply custom flavored sugar cubes, or can recommend a supplier? Been looking everywhere, but no luck.”

Co-Packer Recommendation/Referrals “We are seeking co-packers/co-manufacturers with capabilities per below and want to reach out to this esteemed group for any guidance/recommendations.”
This Week in the SFA Blog
The SFA Blog offers thought leadership on business and industry topics, guides, and more. From this week:

A Case Study: David Vs. Goliath, How E-Commerce Leveled the Playing Field for Us “As David, our company has found a way to make our mark in the category against the Goliaths that have been around for much longer and enjoy deeper pockets.  By receiving increasing numbers of online reviews and fostering a growing online community, we are creating a passionate, engaged consumer base that will look for our products not only on an e-commerce website, but also in their local grocery store.” In this week’s post to the SFA Blog, Association member Michele Silbey offers a case study on how e-commerce helped her business grow. You are encouraged to join the associated discussion in the Q&A Forum with your related questions, experience, and advice. 

And finally, as always, a very warm welcome to those of you who registered this week! It's wonderful to have you here, and we look forward to seeing your questions and insight in the forums.

That’s about it for now. Have a good weekend, everyone!
Posted by Andrea Meyer on Sep 1, 2017 2:49 PM America/New_York