Most packaged food businesses start in a similar manner, with an entrepreneur producing at home or in a shared kitchen, hand packing products into relatively simple, often store-bought packaging, and selling at a farmer’s market or self-distributing to a handful of stores. However, as these businesses grow, their packaging needs to evolve. Whether the business will continue to self-produce or enlist a contract manufacturer or co-packer, the packaging must change to support distribution through a supply chain, allow retailers to effectively merchandise the product and differentiate itself from other products on the shelf. While every business is unique, there are many common packaging considerations that will help an entrepreneur as they seek to scale their business.
Packaging plays an integral role in protecting a food product, ensuring it gets to consumers with the intended taste, quality and texture. However, moisture, oxygen, light and temperature can all negatively impact a product’s quality. Package type, its properties and fabrication, as well as the product manufacturing process, can impact the ability of the package to provide a barrier against these variables.
This new guide from AURI is a resource designed to help entrepreneurs and food businesses navigate these considerations and make the best decisions for their individual situations. To learn more, download the full guide and view the accompanying video.
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, in response to an apparent lack of capacity or access to affordable, right sized manufacturing options in our state for growing, ready‐to‐scale small food and beverage businesses, requests proposals to assess the current state of Minnesota food and beverage manufacturing capacity/capability and identify gaps, opportunities, and strategies in supporting “ready‐to‐scale” […]
Most packaged food businesses start in a similar manner, with an entrepreneur producing at home or in a shared kitchen, hand packing products into relatively simple, often store-bought packaging, and selling at a farmer’s market or self-distributing to a handful of stores. However, as these businesses grow, their packaging needs to evolve. Whether the business […]
Project Overview and Objectives: The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture propose a study to better understand the market for Halal and Kosher meat products recognizing there is growing demand for such products in the region and that this could translate to a new opportunity for the State’s meat stakeholders. The […]
This past October, during the first-ever Food Ag Ideas Week, AURI along with partners MyFormulary and Larta Institute co-hosted a special event called The Nexus of Food & Health. Minnesota has a rich history in both food science and medical innovation and advancing functional food innovations is a perfect fit to capitalize on the expertise […]
One of the most common questions entrepreneurs and small business owners ask themselves is “how can I increase my sales?” The obvious answer for most is to grow the customer base, but that can only get a business so far. For most, the better solution is to increase the volume of units sold across all […]