Got the next BEST product and you’re ready to DIVE in to the Food Business?? Come on in….
Starting a food business is TOUGH! We KNOW that! You have a great product and your friends, family and neighbors LOVE it… but you don’t know where to go from there, right? Maybe you have looked into renting a commercial kitchen, selling at markets or even searched for co-packers only to end up with nothing. We get it! Which is why we have created this course… for dreamers just like YOU! If YOU have answered YES to any of the above then this course is MADE FOR YOU!
Don’t know where to go or what to do? You are frustrated and no one is HELPING?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you!
As the ONLY “small batch” manufacturer in Florida, we hear stories and frustrations like yours every day. We hear things like “Co-packers won’t call me back!”, “I have called and called and no one will pick up the phone or respond to my emails!”, “They have my Process Approval and will not release it!!” or “They want me to run hundreds of gallons and I don’t need that much!” We hear “I have a great product BUT I have no clue what I am doing!” WE hear YOU loud and clear and we are here to help.
So Let’s Get Down To Business!
In this 2 hour course we will talk about the good, the bad, the raw truth about this business. We will help you to understand the process of launching your BEST product from start to finish! We will talk about all the things that make this journey seem so daunting! Such as recipe scaling, sourcing ingredients in bulk, labels, nutritional facts, ingredients list, pH levels and why they are important, containers and packaging as well as the financials! We will offer ideas on how to get your products out into the world and we will answer ALL of your questions, we know you have many!
Help Us Help YOU!
To help us help you in regards to your questions, please jot down as many as you can think of when you reply to this thread so that everyone can benefit! We will make sure to answer those questions specifically in our course meeting!
At the end of the course you should feel confident in moving forward! WE ARE SO CONFIDENT IN THIS THAT we will have all of the paperwork you will need to do just that AND if you have the 3 things listed below in order by March 6th, YOU CAN START YOUR FOOD BUSINESS THAT DAY!
1. Do you have a SOLID recipe that you have made over and over again?
NOW WOULD BE THE TIME TO GET EXCITED!
2. Do you have a sample of your product that you can bring?
3. Do you have at least $650.00 to START A BUSINESS?
We are excited to meet you and even more excited to get your business up and running before the start of all the great Spring Festivals!!
Let’s Get Cooking!
This course will be held at 1131 Gould Street, Clearwater, Fl. 33756 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.
How Much Does It Cost?? Knowledge is Power, My Friend!
Cost of the course is ONLY $75.00 per person and you get to pick the brains of 2 co-packers for 2 hours! THAT is a DEAL… especially when you can’t even get the other guys to pick up the phone….
You can reserve your seat by going to the link our website at www.AshlynnsGourmet.com/co-packing scroll down to small batch co-packing section and you will see the “Add To Cart” button, please make sure to add the number of seats you will need reserved.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you in your culinary adventures! click the link below to sign up!
So you’ve worked hard on perfecting the recipe and creating a brand for yourself. Your custom sauce, dressing, drink, or dip tastes absolutely perfect and you’ve built up a bit of an audience. Orders are flying in, and although you’re happy for the booming business, you’re wondering – can I still handle this all on my own? When you’ve gotten to a point where you’re having trouble fulfilling all of your orders on your own, it’s possible that it is time for you to think about enlisting the help of a co-packer. However, before you go run out and partner up with the first co-packing company you find, it is important to know if you are REALLY ready.
What is Co-Packing?
First of all, what even is co-packing? Co-packing is the outsourcing of manufacturing and packaging to a contract packer. A co-packer will create the product (with your guidelines, of course), package it, and can even ship it for you. Co-packers have the facilities, tools, and equipment to make larger batches of product more efficiently. This can save food businesses time – and even money. Without having to invest in their own large industrial setting, or buying expensive equipment, a small food business can invest their money in other ways.
By allowing a co-packer to do the manufacturing and packaging of your product, you free up time to focus on marketing and growing sales for your small business.
Is Your Business READY for a Co-Packer?
Outsourcing your production can be a real game-changer for your businesses. It can allow you to increase your sales, increase your productivity, increase your time to work on other areas of business (i.e. advertising or creating new recipes.) However, deciding to work with a co-packer is a big decision. You need to make sure that your business is ready. Here are a few things you should consider:
Is your recipe scalable?
You need to make sure that your recipes are ready for large batches and precise enough that they will come out perfect, every time. A good practice is to measure your ingredients by weight. Measuring in cups or teaspoons leaves too much room for error. Is the cup packed? Is the teaspoon rounded, or flat? While these things might not make a huge difference when you are creating your product at home, the margin for error grows significantly as your batch volume does. You also need to make sure that your cooking times and temperatures are precise. Often, a co-packer won’t be checking on your cookies “between 10-12 minutes.” You need to make sure there is a concrete set of instructions to make your product, and make it correctly, every time.
Is your product projecting enough demand?
Knowing how much demand you have for your product plays a huge role in whether or not you are ready to work with a co-packer. Most co-packing facilities have a minimum volume requirement to begin a production run. Make sure that your current demand matches or exceeds the volume you want your co-packer to produce. Keep in mind that demand often fluctuates. It is better to base your projection on an average than your most recent rush.
If your current demand isn’t high enough to meet the minimum production requirements, you may still want to work with a co-packer if your product has a long enough shelf life. If your product doesn’t expire for a year, that gives you almost a year to sell all of the product that you’ve produced. However, keep in mind that this strategy may also have a storage fee associated with it.
Is this the right time, financially?
Plain and simple, co-packing does cost money. It’s going to cost money up front, that you will make back by selling your product. Make sure that you know all of the up-front costs and you can take this hit up front. As long as the product demand is high enough, and you are priced right, you will still make a profit. But you need to make sure that you run all of the numbers first.
Have you done your research?
Once you’ve decided that you want to work with a co-packer, you’re going to need to be able to answer some questions about your business and your product. Having this information readily available will make things much smoother for everyone involved.
- What are your projected monthly sales?
- What are your projected annual sales?
- Do you have different products with different SKUs? If so, how many and what are their individual projected sales?
- What type of packaging will the product be in?
- Will you provide ingredients, or have the co-packer to source them?
- Does your product require any special equipment?
- What are your current sales channels?
- Is your product complete from start to finish? Or do you need help figuring out the packaging, labeling, and branding?
It is okay if you don’t have all the answers, but having at least an estimate will help you and your potential co-packer. It will also help you find what co-packing company is best for you. Some co-packers only work with large volumes, and may not be able to help you if you are looking for something smaller. Some co-packers offer research and development, whereas some just package the products. In order to decide which co-packer you want to work with, you must first know what you need from a co-packer. Every co-packer is different, so figuring out your needs can help you decide if you are a good match for each other.
If you’ve decided that co-packing is right for you, it’s time to get in contact with a co-packer! To learn more about how Ashlynn’s Gourmet can help you in the next step of growing your food business, contact us today!
Call 727-687-3267 or email [email protected] to get started!
Brioche French Toast
With Marscapone Cheese and Grilled Sweet Peaches and finished with a Peach Chablis Balsamic Glaze
Brioche cut into 1 inch slices (6 slices)
French Toast Batter:
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk or cream
1 Tb vanilla extract
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup Marscapone cheese
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 Tb lemon zest
2 Tb sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon, to taste
Marinade for Grilled Peaches:
2 whole peaches, halved
1/4 cup Amaretto
1/4 cup Ashlynn’s Gourmet Peach Chablis Balsamic Glaze
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 Tb vanilla extract
1/2 Tb brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Chef’s Notes and Tips:
1. Mix the grilled peach marinade and soak peaches for at least half an hour, flip and soak for another half hour.
2. Combine ingredients for the Marscapone spread and put in the fridge.
3. Grill peaches until they have char marks and are tender. Baste grilled peaches with leftover marinade and set aside.
4. Mix French toast batter and dip brioche slices quickly. Fry in a shallow pan with oil or butter.
5. Top French toast with Marscapone spread, grilled peaches, and Ashlynn’s Gourmet Peach Chablis Balsamic Glaze!
WEEKEND BREAKFAST IN BED! Perfect for a lazy Sunday!