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The Coming Growth of Women In Manufacturing

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

“Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap. Part of this gap is the underrepresentation of women in the industry.”  — The Manufacturing Institute

Did you know that while women make up approximately 50% of the labor force, they make up only about 24% of the manufacturing labor force?

Manufacturers are scrambling to fill their need for skilled professionals, and the women of the future will fill a big part of that. In 2013, approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs were unfilled because companies couldn’t find qualified workers to fill them.

In the coming years, many manufacturers will turn to women to fill that need.

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Non-GMO Popularity Is Spreading To Food Service

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Non-GMO. Organic. The Non-GMO Project Verification. We’ve talked about this already, haven’t we??

If you are a natural food manufacturer, the discussion about the non-GMO trend is probably getting redundant now… You’ve switched to non-GMO ingredients, or you’re at least working on it. You’ve compared non-gmo vs. organic prices. You’re done with your Non-GMO Project Verification.

But if you are in the food service industry, your answer is probably different. Half of you reading this right now are saying, “What?? Non-GMO? All my customers care about is getting the lowest price!” The other half of you, however, are nodding along saying, “Yes!! I've started to get questions about non-GMO products, especially oils!”

While the non-GMO trend has completely saturated the manufacturing sector at this point, the food service sector is always slower to keep up. Right now, we are right at the brink of non-GMO and organic products beginning to permeate more and more of the food service sector. Is your company prepared?

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The Most Popular Organic Oils In 2015

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

It’s all about making your customers happy, isn’t it? Creating a product that they’re excited to eat and share with their friends — that’s how to your make your business successful.

This is why it’s so important for food manufacturers to stay on top of the consumer trends in the natural and organic industry. It’s the best way to give your customers what they want, and it all starts at the sourcing level.

If you’re trying to track down the right organic oil for your organic or natural food product, look no further!

Here are the top for organic oils in healthy products today. These are going to be the ingredients that are used in your competitors products and that are all over the shelves of Whole Foods Market.

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The Ultimate List Of 22 Marketing Tools To Promote Your Natural Food Brand

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Your natural food brand needs more eyes on it.  It needs more shares.  More likes.

We can all agree on that, because that's part of marketing now.

But it's in your hands to begin marketing your products and get the chain reaction started.  It won't happen without you, young business owner.  If you're not a marketer in the food industry, it can be hard to do (much less make time to do it!).

You're not alone in this struggle.  Most people that start food brands are not marketers-- they're entreprenuers!  

For those of you that need a boost expanding the reach of your brand, here's a list of my favorite marketing tools for growing food brands that are selling directly to consumers.  

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Why You Should Work With A Customs/Freight Broker If You’re Exporting Bulk Oils From The US

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Ever try to submit your taxes without using an accountant?

It’s an awful task. And you always run a lot of risk of getting it wrong and paying the consequences (literally).

The process of importing and exporting foods can be very similar — paperwork filled, confusing, and if you’re shipping a lot of product, it’s a full time job.

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The Best Advice For Your Next Food Trade Show

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

I was a newbie at Expo West this year. Luckily, I got some expert advice from some fast-made friends who are quite familiar in the industry.

I talked to Rachel Zemser, an R&D consultant, who weighed in before the show. Customers gave me insight. And I rode from the airport with an experienced employee of KeHe. All in all, I got some great prep advice that helped my show go smoothly.

If you’re attending any trade shows over the next year, this advice from the pros will come in very helpful!

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4 Questions That Will Tell You If Your Oil Supplier Is The Right Partner

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

First dates.  

They're often awkward, sometimes exhilirating, and always the start of something new.

They're also are always filled with questions.  What do you do?  Where did you go to school?  What are you passionate about?

Of course, we do the same thing in business, right?  If you're searching for a new supplier, you want to find out as much about them as you can to see if they're a good fit for your company.  

Finding the right supplier is all about finding the right fit in terms of business structure, capabilities, size, facilities, capitol funding, etc. That’s why most people now call them supplier partners — it's not just about finding someone to buy from, it's about finding the right fit for a supplier “mate”.

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How To Prepare For The Summer 2015 Shortage of Organic Sunflower Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you buy organic sunflower oil, do you remember what happened last summer?

Supplies were tight in the summer, companies scrambled for inventory all over the US — a lot of manufacturers came up short. Production was affected, ingredients were switched, and you probably paid a lot more for last minute organic inventory than you should have.

If you don’t remember (or you weren’t privy the drama at the time) let me give you a brief overview of what happened last year, so that you can plan ahead to put your company in the best possible position for summer and fall of 2015.

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Why Sunflower Oil Is The New Popular Oil (Of Natural Food Manufacturing)

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

The popularity of sunflower oil has increased exponentially over the last couple of years.

If you walk down the aisles of Whole Foods and check the ingredient labels, you'll see that sunflower oil is a highly popular oil right now. Walking the Natural Products Expo West this year, I found the exact same results.

The question that this raises for natural food manufacturers is: Why is this particular oil so popular? And if it’s right for other brands (and my competition), is there a good chance it would be right for my product?

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The New Trend In Food Service Cooking Oil Is Non-GMO Soybean Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Since I first started in this business 4 years ago, the non-GMO playing field has evolved immensely.

In the only last year, the demand for non-gmo oils has spread from being a healthy oil trait to now being in demand for ALL oils. In other words, not only is there a consumer cry for healthier oils that are non-gmo — the mantra has also changed to mandate the swap out all oils, premium or not, to their non-gmo versions.

Many restaurants, universities and food manufacturers are all making the switch to non-gmo ingredients— even on their cheaper oils like vegetable oil and fry oils.

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