Foodie program sprouts in Barrie

The City of Barrie has partnered with Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute to offer a new business development program for food entrepreneurs, called SPROUT.
Registration is now open for course, which will run for 12 weeks starting in March 2017.
“Food businesses represent a high proportion of small businesses in our city,” Zvi Lifshiz, Executive Director of Invest Barrie, is quoted saying.
“In fact, 30 per cent of Barrie’s downtown businesses are culinary-based, with a 19 per cent increase in specialty food stores from 2010-2015. These statistics demonstrate the importance of the City supporting food entrepreneurs with programs like SPROUT.”
SPROUT is a business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs to take their food ideas to market. The program is comprised of weekly seminars, kitchen time, panel presentations, mentorship and a final presentation at the end of the 12-week program. SPROUT, say organizers, is ideal for early stage food entrepreneurs who have a food idea that they have begun to develop (but are pre-revenue), or for those who are currently selling at farmer’s markets and festivals.
Participants in the course will learn: Introduction to food production and training with production kitchens; understanding the regulatory environment of food; understanding costs related to developing a food product; recipe and food product development; sales distribution, pricing, marketing and selling.
For more information, or to register, click here.


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