Agri-food Management Institute – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 New Guide launched to help Ontario Food Start-Ups http://www.ngtimes.ca/new-guide-launched-to-help-ontario-food-start-ups/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/new-guide-launched-to-help-ontario-food-start-ups/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:30:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11989 The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) launched ‘The Food Entrepreneur’s Journey’ today, to help budding food manufacturers with practical step-by-step advice on how to build a thriving business from idea to commercialization. “There are many opportunities in Ontario’s food industry, but it’s tough to break into and tougher to succeed,” said AMI Executive Director Ashley Honsberger. […]

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The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) launched ‘The Food Entrepreneur’s Journey’ today, to help budding food manufacturers with practical step-by-step advice on how to build a thriving business from idea to commercialization.

“There are many opportunities in Ontario’s food industry, but it’s tough to break into and tougher to succeed,” said AMI Executive Director Ashley Honsberger. “To ease the process, we’re offering this free guide that’s full of tips on business planning, avoiding pitfalls and finding the resources that are available to assist entrepreneurs along the way.”

The guide takes the reader through all the activities that need to be performed in five basic stages: idea, proof of concept, product and business development, pre-commercial trials and sales, and finally commercial sales.

Included are knowledge and experiences words of wisdom from product developers, chefs and other industry experts as well as owners who have already gone through the experience of starting up. Fran Kruz, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Not Yer Granny’s Granola, in Barrie, described her process:

“This is not a linear model – at least not in my experience. The process continues to be very organic, multi-directional, and in some cases, it’s one step forward and two steps to one side, three to the other side, one back and a leap forward… I guess you could call it a dance!”

A Food Entrepreneur’s Journey was also developed as a source of food industry information for advisory staff in federal, provincial, municipal and other organizations that help business start-ups across the province.

The guide is now available online at the AMI’s website at: http://takeanewapproach.ca/news/ and will be available at trade shows throughout the year.

The Agri-Food Management Institute promotes new ways of thinking about agribusiness management and aims to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of beneficial business management practices by Ontario agri-food and agri-based producers and processors. AMI is funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Contact: Ashley Honsberger, Executive Director, 519-822-6618. ashley@takeanewapproach.ca.

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AMI Agri-food Workshop http://www.ngtimes.ca/ami-agri-food-workshop/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ami-agri-food-workshop/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:47:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10224 On December 6, the North Grenville Municipal Centre was the site of a special agri-food workshop hosted by the Agri-food Management Institute. When asked, several people involved in local food and agriculture couldn’t remember the last time that a workshop like this was hosted here. According to their website, the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) “promotes […]

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On December 6, the North Grenville Municipal Centre was the site of a special agri-food workshop hosted by the Agri-food Management Institute. When asked, several people involved in local food and agriculture couldn’t remember the last time that a workshop like this was hosted here.

According to their website, the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) “promotes new ways of thinking about agri-business management and aims to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of beneficial business management practices by Ontario agri-food and agri-based producers and processors”. The organisation is based in Guelph and funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial, and territorial initiative.

The workshop itself was a full-day event, launched by AMI Executive Director Ashley Honsberger, who was not only the facilitator, but also spoke about exploring the possibility of growing new types of crops, and gave the audience of fifty a number of tips and strategies when contemplating trying something new. Some of the other presenters were: Anna Crolla from OMAFRA, Colleen Acres from Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA), Ruth Vogel from the local chapter of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), and Len Davies of Davies Legacy Planning.

Some of the highlights of the day included: Kemptville resident, and OMAFRA specialist, Katie Nolan, speaking about the Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference and the Two Rivers Food Hub. Jessica Kelly, also from OMAFRA, who is a Direct Farm Marketing Specialist, provided some very helpful information about getting started with on-farm sales and value-added products. Bruce Kelly, from Farm & Food Care Ontario, gave an amusing and informative presentation on “Conveying the Story of Agriculture”. He outlined some of the challenges of being a livestock farmer and dealing with animal activists and their activities, both on the farm and at large-scale agricultural events.

It’s unfortunate that the workshop was not better advertised in the area, because some local foodies were disappointed that they hadn’t heard about it. The workshop provided information that would have been useful to both local food producers and agricultural business owners. Jim Beveridge, of B&H Grocery Store, said that he hoped that this workshop was the first of many of these types of educational opportunities to be hosted in North Grenville. Does this mean that the upcoming purchase of the former Kemptville College by the Municipality of North Grenville is making waves in the agri-food community, and alerting people that North Grenville is ready to become a player in agri-food?

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