Food Packaging Trends for 2022 with Ainsley Moir
Ainsley Moir created the Healthy Food & Beverage Group to help driven food founders just like yours make your mark on the packaged food industry. At the Healthy Food & Beverage Group they blend the worlds of big food brands with small food brands so you can get in more stores, in more homes and build the food business you've been dreaming of. In this episode Ainsley and Adam cover some of the most popular trends in the world of food packaging today. Which ones should you consider and which aren't going to take you anywhere? Find out on this episode of the Food Business Podcast Looking to up your packaging game to make an impact on the shelf? Go to aviditycreative.com right now and book your Strategy Session with Adam and leave with actionable items to help you get to the next level.
March 01, 2022
Benefits of Transparency with Your Brand with Karine Wong
Customers these days are much more savvy than they used to be and they are more and more aware of what's going on in the world. What this means is that they are also aware of when a brand is not transparent or authentic. It's important to customers that you are open with your ingredients and how you operate your business. Karine Wong, Pharm. D., CEO of My Guiltless Treats shares her experience and advice on why it's important to be transparent and also HOW to be transparent so you can build a better relationship with customers. If you're trying to grown your food or beverage brand but aren't sure how or you're struggling to get the sales that you're needing, go to aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call to have a 1 on 1 strategy session with Adam. In this session we'll cover what makes your product unique and you'll leave with actionable items to grow your business easier.
May 21, 2020
Bigger Stores, Brokers, and Product Innovation with Rodrigo Etcheto From OvaEasy
If your plan is to get into bigger stores this episode is for you. Rodrigo Etcheto, CEO of OvaEasy (f.k.a. Nutriom), joins us to share how they've been able to grow their egg product business recently to get into stores like CVS Pharmacy, GNC and soon Wal-mart. There's tons of great info about getting in front of buyers, using brokers, pitching and more. And lastly he shares why they are always coming up with new additions to their product line and how they continue to adapt to the market. Looking to get into bigger stores but not sure how? Set up a call with Adam to hear about his Path to Retail system that has helped many others in the same situation to simplify the process and make your work much easier without needing to pay people to pitch your products for you. Just go to https://aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call for a 1 on 1 strategy session with Adam.
May 15, 2020
How to Use a Co-packer With Jeff and Patrick from Basecamp Copack
Have you outgrown working out of your house but you don't have large enough orders to build your own production facility? A co-packing facility is a great transition phase partner as you grow. Jeff Kingsbury and Patrick Webber are partners at Basecamp Copack and they join the show to share how they got into copacking and how it could be an option to benefit the growth of your food business. If you're ready to start scaling up your food business then go to aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call today to set up your free 1 on 1 market strategy session with Adam Feller. In this session we will dive into your business and you'll leave with actionable items you can take to improve your business immediately.
May 15, 2020
Building a Mainstream Beer Brand With Robert Nathanson at Palmia Beer
Some craft breweries prefer to stay small and make a large variety of beers, others intend to grow past a local, unpredictable market to become a competitor on the national stage. Palmia Beer is one that is growing to be a more mainstream beverage. CEO, Robert Nathanson joins Adam in this episode to share how they've gotten into retailers like Costco and how they've become the go-to beer for celebrities like Snoop Dogg. If you're looking to improve your packaging and brand messaging to better compete on the shelves, give Adam at Avidity Creative a call to set up a free market strategy session. In this 1 on 1 session we will dig into your process and you'll leave with actionable items to grow your brand. Go to aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call.
May 15, 2020
Pitching Your Product To Retail Buyers With Jesse Wolfe
Jesse is the founder of O'Dang Hummus and he joins the show today to share what it was like getting his product into major retail grocers. We discuss the best ways to approach buyers and what to include in your pitch/demo. Wanting to grow your food business? Set up a market strategy session with Adam at aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call where you'll leave the call with actionable items to get into stores easier and begin scaling up.
May 15, 2020
Continue Growth During COVID-19 for Your CPG Food Business
In the first episode of this season, Adam is joined by Sari Kimbell, from Food Business Success. The two experts share their best advice for how you can make the most out of your business during the pandemic. Get actionable steps to improve your business in a one on one market strategy session with Adam by scheduling a call at https://aviditycreative.com/schedule-a-call
May 05, 2020
Podcast Update and 2 Easy & Free Ways to Promote Your Brewery
In this episode Adam gives an update for the podcast moving forward and he shares 2 very easy and free ways you can promote your brewery. Is your brand working for or against you? Find out by using Avidity's free Brand Evaluator tool. http://www.aviditycreative.com/brandevaluator
October 02, 2019
Food & Beverage Business Growth Summit
Gain an extreme amount of knowledge for growing your food or beverage company and not have to travel and get a hotel room like a typical conference? This virtual summit is 7 days PACKED with great speakers and information that you're not going to want to miss. The best part is it is totally free for the week of the conference, September 23 - 29, 2019. Get more info about speakers and schedule as well as registration at https://ainsleymoir.mykajabi.com/a/17193/EgTDRnEX Listening to this after September 29th? Don't worry, the videos from the summit are still available via the link above.
September 13, 2019
Are Mobile Food Carts The New Food Truck?
In this episode Adam is joined by guest Austin Massey, co-founder of Viator Coffee Cart in Chicago. We discuss how they built their company, how it's different than a brick and mortar or food truck, and also what is the scalability of the mobile cart model compared to other businesses. Food & Beverage Business Growth Summit Gain an extreme amount of knowledge for growing your food or beverage company and not have to travel and get a hotel room like a typical conference? This virtual summit is 7 days PACKED with great speakers and information that you're not going to want to miss. The best part is it is totally free for the week of the conference, September 23 - 29, 2019. Get more info about speakers and schedule as well as registration at https://ainsleymoir.mykajabi.com/a/17193/EgTDRnEX Listening to this after September 29th? Don't worry, the videos from the summit are still available via the link above.
September 10, 2019
Human Resources & Management in Your Restaurant
Some of the hardest things to do in a restaurant are not the daily tasks. It's often figuring out how to build the right team and a culture that keeps your team happy and productive. Matt Swift is an owner of many restaurants and has learned along the way how to build those teams. As a guest on this episode he shares some great advice for how you can do the same. Starting a restaurant? Let's make a great first impression on your customers with a solid brand built around strategy. Contact Adam at email@example.com.
July 08, 2019
Benefit of Events and Community Involvement for Your Brewery
In this episode Adam goes to Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co. for a chat with Janae Mariner. She shares why community involvement and events are so important to their brewery and how to make the most of it with yours. If you're just starting your brewery or needing to make a change to your brand image, I'd love to show you how Avidity can make the most of your budget. Contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712-269-0941.
June 11, 2019
Opening a Brewery in a Small Town With Fenders Brewing
When starting your brewery picking the location can be crucial to your success. It's not common to have a brewery in a small town but Fenders Brewing in Polk City, Iowa is making it work. Find out how in this episode. Thanks to my guest Jason Madison, co-founder, for joining me and sharing his experience so far.
June 04, 2019
The Role of Home Brewing Clubs With Iowa Brewers' Union
If you're currently home brewing and looking for help improving your beers you need to check out your local home brewer's club today. Clubs like Iowa Brewer's Union (IBU is creative naming by the way) provide a resource for those looking to improve their brewing processes. The experienced brewers in each club are always willing to tell you how your beer tastes and what things you can do better. If you're wanting to one day open your own brewery I'd definitely suggest testing your beer with other brewers to get honest opinions, criticisms and advice.
May 07, 2019
Point of Sale Systems For Your Restaurant
Besides branding and advertising, another often overlooked part of starting a restaurant is the point-of-sale system you will use. Lots of business owners wait until the last minute to decide which system to go with. My guest this week is Ben Brown with Toast. He shares all of the things you should be looking for as well as what makes Toast a great option to consider. If you're starting a restaurant then consider the food branding experts at Avidity Creative to get your brand started off right. Visit aviditycreative.com or email email@example.com to see how we can bring in the most customers for you.
April 24, 2019
Starting and Growing a Donut Cafe With John Reno
John Reno is one of the founders of Craft Donuts + Coffee. He joins The Food Business Podcast to share how he started the business and what things have been working well for them.
April 16, 2019
Starting a Salsa Company With Tres Mentes Salsa
You think you have the best salsa around and you're ready to start making money from it? See how Phillip and Angelo from Tres Mentes Salsa started by perfecting their recipe and testing it with coworkers to now being on grocery store shelves all across the midwest. http://www.aviditycreative.com
April 10, 2019
Rebranding Your Coffee Roasting Company With Ross Street Roasting
After recording our first episode together last spring, Brian worked with Avidity Creative to rebrand his craft coffee roasting company, Ross Street Roasting. Brian shares what the experience was like to go through the rebranding process and particularly what you can expect if you decide to rebrand your company. Start the conversation of rebranding at http://www.aviditycreative.com.
April 02, 2019
9 Pillars of Food Business Success with Tim Forrest
In this episode Adam dives into Tim Forrest's 9 Pillars of Success. Tim has used this tool for over 20 years as a way of helping his clients compete with the major brands. Get Tim's free downloads here: http://www.timforrest.com/foodbiz.html Get your brand strategy and identity with Avidity here: http://www.avidityreative.com
March 27, 2019
What it Takes to Open a Brewery
In this episode I’m joined by soon-to-be former home brewer Zach Dobeck with Roots Brewing Company. He shares what his experience has been like so far as he is setting to build and open his own brewery.
March 14, 2019
Making a Business Out of Ice Cream Sandwiches w/ Dereck Lewis From Thelma's
On this episode my guest is the founder of an iconic Des Moines food business, Dereck Lewis. He shares his story of making cookies from his grandma's recipe and starting from scratch at farmers markets to now distributing ice cream sandwiches in the biggest grocery stores throughout the midwest and growing. Interestingly, part of Thelma's success is the packaging their cookies come in which resembles an old-time-y oven. Which goes to show how powerful good branding and design can be. If you're needing help with your own packaging then reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details. http://www.aviditycreative.com
February 19, 2019
Visiting Your Coffee Growers for Your Roastery
If you're wanting to start a coffee roasting company then this episode is for you. Seth Chapman, roastmaster for Water Street Coffee shares his experience and advice for finding foreign growers and what to expect from visiting them. Lots of great information in this episode. If you're starting your own roastery I'd love to help develop your brand to get you started on the right path. email email@example.com or visit aviditycreative.com
February 07, 2019
Operating a Food Truck And a Brick And Mortar at the Same Time
In this episode I am joined by Haylee Korth at The Outside Scoop. We discuss how they've been able to grow and manage their brick and mortar ice cream shop as well as multiple food trucks all while making over 60 flavors of ice cream from scratch and planning a second location. Considering opening your own ice cream shop or food truck? Let Avidity take care of your branding so you can focus on what you do best. http://www.aviditycreative.com
January 29, 2019
How to be a Great Home Brewer with Nick Rodammer
Curious about how to get started brewing beer at home for you and your friends? Nick Rodammer is one of the best, award-winning home brewers in Michigan. He shares his advice for learning to brew and how to perfect recipes. http://www.aviditycreative.com
January 22, 2019
Managing Employee Alcohol Consumption at Your Brewery
It’s practically impossible to keep brewery employees from drinking beer while at work. For some it’s simply part of their job. However, when too much alcohol is consumed and judgement is altered, some employees can put your business at risk of a law suit or physical damages. Joel Van Parys from Carothers DeSante & Freudenberger shares how he advises breweries to protect their business from such situations and how to prevent them.
January 14, 2019
New Year's Resolutions for Your Food Business
Many people have resolutions for their personal lives, but how about for your business? Adam shares advice one setting and sticking to resolutions in this episode.
January 07, 2019
What to Expect When Getting Your Logo Design
In this quick tip episode Adam covers all of the things you need to be aware of as a business owner and having a logo design created. He covers what the process is like, what kind of designer or agency you should hire and what you should expect to receive.
December 24, 2018
Get to Know Your Hops With Wesley Sindt
A crucial ingredient to brewing a good beer is to have the right hops. What variety of hops do you use? Where are they grown? What’s the flavor profile? Pelletized or full cone? Wesley Sindt is my guest in this episode and he shares his knowledge on these topics and more from his experience working with Buck Creek Hops. http://www.aviditycreative.com
December 11, 2018
What to Consider With Your Product Label With Patrick Morin
Your product's packaging and label are not only important for brand recognition, but also for informing consumers. The are many things the FDA and other regulating bodies require you to have on your packaging and in specific places. Patrick Morin from Startup Food Biz joins the podcast to discuss what those things are that you need to have on your label and packaging. http://www.aviditycreative.com
December 04, 2018
Quick Tip: You Are an Artist
It's not uncommon for people to view designers as artists. However, there's a lot that we have in common with chefs, brewers, roasters, etc. In this Quick Tip episode Adam tells you why Avidity specializes in working with food industry clients and why you all should see yourselves as artists.
November 20, 2018
Opening a Brewery/Distillery/Winery with Joel Bierling
You've seen breweries. You've seen wineries. You've seen distilleries. But, have you seen a business which combines all of them? Joel Bierling, founder of Bier Distillery, is my guest on this episode. We cover a variety of topics surrounding opening a rare and unique business like his and what some of the advantages are. http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
November 13, 2018
Always Improving Your Restaurant as a Chef With Aaron Holt
On this episode of the podcast I have a very talented guest who was recently awarded Chef of the Year by the Iowa Restaurant Association. Aaron Holt is the executive chef at RoCA in Des Moines, which was named to the top 100 list of hottest restaurants in America by Open Table. Aaron shares some great advice about opening a restaurant, attracting new customers and developing a menu. http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
November 06, 2018
From Restaurant to Packaged Food Product with Tryg Siverson and Vanessa Phillips
Vanessa Phillips and Tryg Siverson are the founders of Feel Good Foods which is a frozen food company providing chef inspired meals made with fresh ingredients. They've been featured in various food industry publications and even appeared on Food Network's cooking competition show Chopped. Listen close and take notes as we discuss what the transition was like from restaurant to consumer packaged good and how they established themselves in the market. http://www.aviditycreative.com
October 30, 2018
A Not-So-Common Path to Opening a Restaurant
There are many different paths to opening a restaurant. My guests, Lesley and Brian Triplett started their business by making food at farmers markets before opening Dumpling Darling with a couple more stops along the way. In this episode we discuss what steps they took to reach each new level of their business on their way to opening two locations. Just starting a restaurant? You should definitely check out Avidity Creative to help design your branding. www.aviditycreative.com
October 23, 2018
Overcoming the Struggles of a Food Industry Startup
Starting a business is not easy. There are a lot of hurdles along the path to success. Today’s guest is Rashaun Robinson, one of the founders of Billy Goat Ice Cream Company which makes ice cream from goats milk. We discuss how he’s managed to grow his business and what struggles they’ve come across along the way. Need a new logo? http://www.aviditycreative.com BluJaket: http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz
October 16, 2018
Turning Your Home Brewing Into a Business
It’s not very often someone just up and decides they want to start a brewery. Most breweries start after someone or multiple someones have been brewing small batches of beer at home for fun and for friends. On this episode I talk with Marty Coatney who is a home brewer who is taking is passion from hobby to full fledged business. http://www.aviditycreative.com
October 02, 2018
Finding Your Voice on Social Media
Social media can be an affective marketing tool, but it can also hurt you if not used right. In this episode Aaron Steinmann from Brewhaus Media and Adam Feller from Avidity Creative share how you create a personality and a voice in your social media messaging in order to appear authentic and reach YOUR audience. http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
September 25, 2018
Quick Tip: Defining Your Target Audience
Your target audience is a navigation tool for your marketing and brand strategy. It's how you make your business grow in a predictable way. In this episode Adam gives 3 ways to define your target audience and why it's important that you know who to target. http://www.aviditycreative.com
September 11, 2018
Building a Franchise with Michael Mohammed and Randy Wyner from Chronic Tacos
Starting one restaurant is difficult. Growing it to a scalable franchise is a whole other challenge. CEO, Mike Mohammad, and Founder, Randy Wyner, of Chronic Tacos join the show to talk about what steps they took to grow from a few locations to over 60 in a short period of time. Things like systems and processes, culture and branding are a few of the topics we cover. http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz http://www.aviditycreative.com
August 28, 2018
Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and the Intellectual Property for Food Businesses
Be sure to have your legal bases covered to protect your business. Chris Proskey is a guest with a ton of experience in intellectual property. We discuss things to be aware of as you're starting your business and what you're entitled to as you start to build your brand. Gain an understanding of the differences of Copyrights vs. Trademarks and Registered Trademarks and when you need and don't need each of them. http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
August 22, 2018
Quick Tip: Do It Yourself Food Photography
Hire a professional photographer when you can to take photos for your restaurant, food truck or brewery. When you can't afford to hire a professional there's some small tricks of the trade that you can use to get a good photo. In this Quick Tip episode I cover what those tips are that will give your food the perfect look. http://www.aviditycreative.com http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz
August 14, 2018
Managing a Change in Your Restaurant or Brewery Brand
It's not uncommon to see breweries add food to their taproom or for restaurants to start brewing their own beer. What does this mean for your brand? Is it a good idea? How do you manage perceptions? Ryan Wheaton from the Branding Brews podcast joins the show to discuss how to handle new offerings. Get started with BluJaket here: http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz Check out Avidity Creative here: http://www.aviditycreative.com
August 07, 2018
Growing a Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Business From Scratch
When you’re just starting a business having never started one before there’s probably a lot of things you aren’t prepared for. Today on the show I have Todd Zenig from Zume Brewing Company. Zume brews, cans and distributes their own Nitro Cold Brew Coffee and we’re going to talk about what their brewing and canning process is like as well as how Todd goes about getting the product on shelves. http://www.blujaket.com/foodbiz http://www.aviditycreative.com
July 31, 2018
Selling Coffee Online With Nick Selman at Javaya
Selling products online is no easy task, especially when you’re new to the market and your product has a limited freshness period like coffee. On this episode I have Nick Selman, one of the founders of Javaya and getjavaya.com. We discuss the benefits and downfalls of selling online as well as give advice for being successful in selling online, whether it’s through your own site or a 3rd party site like javaya. www.getjavaya.com www.aviditycreative.com
July 24, 2018
Marketing for the Oldest Brewery in the State
You can have the best beer around but if nobody knows about it then you don’t have a business. My guest, Ashton Tenhouse, is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Front Street Brewery. We’ll cover things they regularly do that have worked for them as well as some things that weren’t quite as successful so you can take that information and put it to use with your own business. Get 25% OFF of BluJaket at bluejacket.com/foodbiz Need help with branding? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
July 17, 2018
Startup Accelerators for Food Businesses with Union Kitchen
If you’re just starting your food business there’s a lot of things you probably don’t know or haven’t even thought about. I have three guests who have been part of Union Kitchen, an accelerator program for food businesses in Washington, DC. Today on the podcast we’re talking about how accelerators and the resources they provide take businesses to the next level. http://www.unionkitchendc.com http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
July 10, 2018
Building Your Drink Menu and Experience with Jared Giunta
Those who have already opened or managed a restaurant know that your drink menu can bring in a lot of revenue. Adam is joined by Jared Giunta, the beverage director at Proof, which was named the best restaurant in Iowa by Time magazine. He discusses what to watch for when building your own drink menu and how to conduct an experience for your customers. If you're ready to take your brand to the next level then check out aviditycreative.com/howitworks.
July 03, 2018
6 Tips for Marketing A New Beer with Aaron Steinmann
So often breweries miss out on a huge opportunity when releasing a new beer into their lineup. All of the work goes into creating a recipe and production and the marketing of said beer is overlooked. Aaron Steinmann from Brewhaus Media joins Adam Feller to provide 6 pieces of advice for making making the most of your beer launch. If you need help branding or promoting your new beer please reach out to Brewhaus Media or Avidity Creative for a quick chat. It will be well worth your time.
June 26, 2018
From Passion Project to Full Time Coffee Roasting Company
Every thought about turning that hobby of yours into a full on business? Maybe it's beer or maybe it's coffee like my guest this week. Brian Gumm is the founder of Ross Street Roasting and he has some great insight into how he turned his passion for coffee into a full time roasting and retail business. Turning your own hobby into a full fledged business? First be sure to check out http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
June 19, 2018
Tracking Your Beer Production and Distribution
Guest John Jackovin from Fermented Labs shares advice for new brewers about things you should be tracking with your production and distribution to keep your books in line and run your operation smoothly. We talk about his app, Brewd, and how it helps brewers with tracking, production and quality control. www.getbrewd.com www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks www.aviditycreative.com/guest
June 12, 2018
Quick Tip - 3 Restaurant and Brewery Branding Myths
Adam addresses 3 common myths about branding in the food industry. Isn't branding the same as advertising? Isn't branding expensive? Do I really need branding? These are all questions answered by the owner of Avidity Creative, a branding and design agency specializing in the food industry.
June 05, 2018
Interior Design for Restaurants with David Pilkenton
Part of building an experience your customers enjoy is designing an environment that sets a tone. David Pilkenton of Draftsman Design is an interior designer specializing in the restaurant industry. He has tons of advice for working with interior designers to turn your baby (restaurant) into an outstanding member of society. Opening a restaurant? You'll want to have your brand on lock. Avidity has changed the game and simplified the branding process. Visit aviditycreative.com/howitworks.
May 29, 2018
Inside the Mind of a Food Reviewer with Karla Walsh
What is it like to write reviews of food you eat and get paid for it? Should restaurants inviting reviewers to their place? Karla Walsh is full of insights after her experience as a food blogger, digital food editor for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and the Datebook Diner for the Des Moines Register. If you're starting a restaurant check out Avidity's Brand Serve™ process. We've simplified the branding process to take only 3-4 days of your time. Visit, aviditycreative.com/howitworks.
May 22, 2018
Restaurant Investment and Brand Experience With Nate Kaeding
Former Iowa Hawkeyes and San Diego Chargers place kicker Nate Kaeding has moved from a career in football to investing in local restaurants and breweries. He provides some great insights for how to approach investors for your restaurant as well as the importance of the brand experience. May 14-20th is National Craft Beer Week and Avidity is celebrating by giving away a FREE logo design to one lucky brewery winner. Learn more and enter at http://www.aviditycreative.com/craftbeerweek
May 15, 2018
Sustaining Success in a Growing Craft Beer Industry
Teresa Albert from Millstream Brewing Co. is our guest this week. She tells us how her and her partners came to own a 35 year old brewery and how they continue their success as they to gain more competitors. We discuss how they determined who would manage what parts of the business, how they distribute & how important packaging is to them. May 14-20 is Craft Beer Week. Avidity is celebrating by giving away a logo design to one lucky brewery. Learn more & enter at aviditycreative.com/craftbeerweek
May 08, 2018
Where Restaurant Ideas Come From
How do you come up with ideas for a restaurant? Where do you get inspiration? What is it like to find space and open multiple restaurants? These questions are answered by guest and part founder, of Full Court Press, in Des Moines, Iowa. Jeff Bruning tells us how they came up with the ideas for their iconic establishments like Fong's Pizza, El Bait Shop, Miller High Life Lounge, The Iowa Taproom and others. Check out fullcourtpressdm.com Start your own restaurant brand with aviditycreative.com
May 01, 2018
Owning and Operating a Franchise Restaurant
If you're wondering what it's like to open and operate a franchise restaurant Cody Hopper has some great insights for you. Cody started his career as an Interim Manager for Chic-Fil-A where his job was to walk new franchisees through opening and establishing their restaurant. Recently Cody decided to open a Chic-Fil-A location of his own and he tells us what the day-to-day is like as well as how to become a franchisee. http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
April 24, 2018
How to Open Multiple Successful Restaurants with Paul Rottenberg
Founder of Orchestrate Hospitality in Des Moines, Paul Rottenberg joins the show with 30+ years of experience. We discuss their process for opening their highly successful restaurants, what makes for a good restaurant idea, franchising vs. duplicating, and what things to avoid when opening your restaurant. Avidity Creative is a branding and design agency specializing in the food industry. Check out our Brand Serve™ process at www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
April 17, 2018
Going from Architect to Chef With Mark Steenhoek
Culinary Architect Mark Steenhoek discusses what his road to becoming a chef is like having left his career of 15+ years as an architect. He's got some great advice for making connections and ways to break into the culinary scene. If you're starting your own restaurant and want to have a great brand while spending less of your time creating it then go to http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks.
April 10, 2018
Canning and Distributing Your Beer with Clark Lewey from Toppling Goliath
Adam is Joined by Clark Lewey, founder of Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., and two of his best brewers. We talk about how the popular brewery got started, how they go about naming beers and how they built their production process for distributing canned and bottled beer. Check out www.tgbrews.com To learn about Avidity's Brand Serve™ process go to www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks Join our Facebook group of restaurant and brewery owners. https://www.facebook.com/groups/162070634422516/
April 03, 2018
Quick Tip: Advice for Naming Your Restaurant or Brewery
If you're considering starting your own brewery, restaurant, food truck or cafe then you've probably thought a little about what to name it. In this episode I give you my advice and things to avoid when determining what to call your establishment. Need help with naming? Check out http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks.
March 27, 2018
Trends In Restaurant Branding With Adam Feller and Joseph Szala
Adam discusses current trends in restaurant and brewery branding and design with Joseph Szala, the creator of Grits and Grids, which is a curation of great restaurant branding examples. Take in advice from these two experts on how to find your true brand message and what things to shy away from. They discuss current design trends, menu trends and advice, and much more. http://www.gritsandgrids.com Start your brand with minimal time of your own at http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
March 20, 2018
Starting a Brewery With Dan Heiderscheit at Firetrucker
Business planning, property, equipment, recipes, testing, canning, distributing, promoting and more. All topics we cover with Dan Heiderscheit, the founder of Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny, Iowa. Want to know what steps to take to start your brewery? This episode is just for you. http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
March 13, 2018
How to Use Food Bloggers For Your Restaurant or Brewery
Ever wonder how you get your brewery or restaurant on one of those "Top Ten Places to Eat" blogs? Nick Lucs is the founder of desmoinesfoodster.com and has some great input for how you can use the reach food bloggers to promote your establishment. We cover topics like 'is it ok to contact bloggers first?' and 'what's the difference between a blogger and a critic?'. http://www.desmoinesfoodster.com http://www.aviditycreative.com/howitworks
March 06, 2018
Gain Customers With No Marketing Budget
I recently came across an interesting video with Jon Taffer, the host of a popular TV show, Bar Rescue. He was giving advice to a caller about how important it is to retain customers at a restaurant and how to attract customers and get them to come back. In this podcast I explain his idea and how to go about executing it. Here's the video in reference: https://youtu.be/PIjTUCUP5FM?t=44m
February 26, 2018
Quick Tip - 3 Tips To Improve Your Menu Experience
One of the most memorable and important parts of the customer experience at your restaurant is the menu. Is it easy to read and understand? Is it organized? Is it overwhelming and not appetizing? I've got three ideas you can implement right away that will improve the experience for your customers.
February 20, 2018
The Benefits of a Restaurant Group
Chefs John Ross and Todd Stein discuss the benefits of starting a restaurant group using their B Hospitality Co. in Chicago as an example. Among hospitality groups we discuss topics like concepts and financing your restaurant.
February 14, 2018
Social Media For Your Restaurant
Wondering how to build up your social media channels to fuel your restaurant, brewery or food truck? How do you gain followers? How do you handle complaints? Chris Corley, Christina Miller and Matt Keck from VML in Kansas City join as guests to discuss how they conquer social media with Wendy’s. It’s “Fresh, never frozen” awesomeness in this episode.
February 06, 2018
Quick Tip - More Social Media Followers
Facebook recently made an announcement of a change to their algorithm that will take attention away from business pages and provide more content from family and friends. How will this effect your restaurant's page and how can you gain more followers organically on all of your social pages? Find out in this episode.
January 30, 2018
Hiring Great Employees for Your Restaurant
What things should you be looking for when hiring for your restaurant? How do you handle under performing employees? What makes for a good head chef? Scott tells us his thoughts on these topics and more in part 2 of our conversation.
January 23, 2018
Choosing a Location and Theme for Your Restaurant
Looking to start a restaurant or add another one to your group? Location, location, location. Theme, theme, theme. Scott has experience in both of these areas and tells us how he goes about determining both.
January 16, 2018
Creating a Menu for Your Restaurant
One of the most important aspects of owning a restaurant is having your menu figured out. Chef Christopher Place gives us his advice on how to go about having the best menu, experience as well as other topics for expanding your restaurant.
January 10, 2018
Welcome to The Food Business Podcast!
In this episode I give you an idea of what to expect with this podcast each week.
December 11, 2017