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So You Wanna: Start a Food or Beverage Business

By Douglas Raggio

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So You Wanna: Start a Food or Beverage Business will help you to navigate the pathways that lead to success, and avoid the roads that lead to frustration (or worse). By understanding the perils and pleasures of this fast-growing industry you will be able to approach your own business with confidence, make the decisions that feel right to you . . . and learn to have a lot of fun along the way!

ISBN: 9781953295668

Publication Date: March 2022

ISBN: 9781637740002

Publication Date: March 2022

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AVAILABLE MARCH 2022

A choose-your-own-path guide to launching and sustaining a successful food or beverage business

The specialty food and beverage business is a thriving industry, and the barriers to entry are low: all you need is a recipe and a kitchen. It sounds simple, but launching a food or beverage company is a maze of choices and consequences. (Will you taste test your product with friends and family for free, or commission a costly market feasibility study? Will you enter a large and popular category, or offer something totally new? Will you cook in your home, rent space in a shared kitchen, or build your own facility?)

Douglas Raggio has been there: both as a food founder and as a consultant to other successful startups, and he’s come to learn that every choice a food founder makes has a fairly predictable outcome. In So You Wanna: Start a Start a Food or Beverage Business, he’ll help you think through the many decisions you’ll make along the road from an idea to a successful company—whether you see yourself building a following at your farmer’s market, partnering with a local restaurant, or launching the next Pepsi.

But this is not a traditional how-to book, instructional manual, or personal story of entrepreneurial success. Don’t even expect to read it straight through from beginning to end! Raggio’s book follows four archetypal food startups that cover a range of business ideas and founders. Every few pages, you must make crucial decisions about the next step to take in growing the business, and flip to another section that will help you understand how that choice is likely to play out.

In these pages, you’ll learn the ins and outs of:
  Coming up with an exciting, profitable new product
  Funding your startup
  Conducting market research
  Pricing and producing to scale
  Partnerships, promotions, and branding
  Deciding when to keep going–and when to fold

So You Wanna: Start a Food or Beverage Business
will help you to navigate the pathways that lead to success, and avoid the roads that lead to frustration (or worse). By understanding the perils and pleasures of this fast-growing industry you will be able to approach your own business with confidence, make the decisions that feel right to you . . . and learn to have a lot of fun along the way!

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About the Author

Douglas  Raggio

Douglas Raggio is experienced in nearly every aspect of the $150 billion specialty food industry. He is the founder of a thriving food company, Pass the Honey. He also founded the slow-cooked meal company, Stews & Such, cultivating a network of manufacturers, vendors, distributors, co-packers and retailers in/around the packaged food space.

Concurrently, he was the founder and managing director of early-stage venture capital fund Gastronome Ventures, one of the first fully-dedicated VCs in the healthier-for-you-food/beverage industry. He is the founder of the private equity fund Bias & Blinds Spots, also focused on emerging healthy food and beverage branded companies, with transactions currently totaling more than $150M.

He’s been an advisor to more than a hundred startups and is a sought-after speaker at North America’s largest specialty food trade shows. His tenure in the space has given him the opportunity to vet 12,000+ investment opportunities spanning more than a decade, including companies going from zero to multi-millions and those going in reverse to bankruptcy.

Previous to his work in the food and beverage industry, he managed $100M+ marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including Nike, Motorola, DirecTV, and Discovery Channel. Douglas received a BS in Organizational Communication from Cal Poly Pomona.

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Publication Details

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9781953295668

Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

Publication Date: March 2022

Format: E-book (epub)

ISBN: 9781637740002

Publication Date: March 2022

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