If you run a food-based business, you know that one of the most challenging things can be sourcing ingredients. When your food products are meant to be taken off site, you also have to deal with packaging. The difficulties involved in both of these often show themselves in challenging times, forcing you to “jump and dance” to keep everything running. On top of that, you have to find ways to sell your products. Working with a food industry consultant removes a large amount of the stress that can come with these challenges.
The Benefit of Working with a Food Industry Consultant
Fortunately, you don’t have to figure these challenges out all by yourself. A food industry consultant will advise the best courses of action for your company. This professional will take care of a wide array of problems for you.
A good food industry consultant service starts with taking a deep look at your business and how it is run. Then, it will develop creative ways to increase your sales, and use them in situations where they will bring powerful results. The consultant may also take care of other issues for you, such as finding the best suppliers for your ingredients.
The consultant will introduce you to prospective clients, represent or support you at marketing events like trade shows and expos, and even help you diversify your broker base to increase your exposure both nationally and internationally. All of these services help you open more sales channels to diversify and increase your sales success.
Food industry consultants can also take care of many of your ingredient-related problems. Sourcing ingredients can require extensive knowledge of exactly who and where the sellers are, and if you don’t have it, the loss of a single supplier can force you to halt production until a new source is found. Another common problem is getting ingredients at the needed quality level. A good consultant will know of a huge array of sources, and can even pin down the ones that can deliver the quality you’re looking for.
Sourcing ingredients is even more complicated if you need to meet specific requirements to have your own products certified. Common certifications include non-GMO, Vegan, and Organic. The right consultant can not only get you ingredients that have these certifications, but help you get your own products certified, as well. It is especially important to get help if you’re selling internationally, because each country has its own standards. For example, what counts as organic in Canada may not completely qualify in the U.S.
We offer both food industry consulting services and ingredient brokerage services. No matter what you need, contact us. We’re ready to help.