Have you ever read a story in a magazine, say Good Housekeeping or Woman’s Day, about a young person that has started a business in their kitchen and suddenly, they go national, quite their day job and are marketing their business full-time making tons of money? Don’t you wonder where that person got their great advice? Wonder no more! The Farm to Fork conference co-sponsored by The University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Georgia Innovation Center for Agribusiness in Tifton, is where you need to go November 1-2.
“The conference is really for anybody that has any kind of business dealing with food,” says Sharon Kane, one of the organizers of the conference. There will be speakers discussing everything from how to develop a business plan to successfully selling your food products. “Registration is only $39 and there are still a few seats available, as of about noon today (October 26th),” said Kane.
This type of advice is usually very expensive, and small companies at this stage in their development usually can’t afford one consultant, let alone the myriad that will present at this 2-day event. There will be representatives there from the UGA Small Business Development Center which makes it well worth the trip. However, be prepared when you go, again be prepared when you go…because the Flavor of Georgia contest begins on day one.
If you have a food product and you want to promote it, this is a must hear. The Flavor of Georgia is a yearly contest celebrating all the culinary skill Georgians have to offer. A personal favorite of mine from last year is Hogwaller “Blue Heaven” Blueberry Gourmet BBQ Sauce. Hands down the best, truly, the most kick-awesome BBQ sauce ever! Who knew the United States produces almost 200 million pounds of blueberries annually, with most of this production coming from high-bush or rabbit-eye plants and, Georgia just happens to be the leader in rabbit-eye blueberry production.
Yes, your product has to be market ready, and if you can’t enter this year’s contest, no worries, it is annual. And what better way to get ready for 2012 that at the Farm to Fork conference.
Conference discussion topics will include:
• Business Planning & Financing
• Exploring Legal & Regulatory Issues
• Critical Quality & Food Safety Concerns
• Formulation & Packaging
• Food Defense Plans
• Distribution & Sales
For more information, contact Sharon Kane at 706-542-9809 or [email protected]
Register in advance online at: www.areg.caes.uga.edu