Bully Sauce: The View From 30,000 First-Year Sales

Joseph Edens, founder of Bully Sauce, grew up in a "BBQ family"--his grandfather and father both ran a BBQ restaurant in Atlanta, and he grew up helping them make the sauces after school and on school breaks. Fast forward about ten years, and Edens created his first marinade soon after…

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Want Startup Capital? Put Skin In the Game

In fifteen years, working with hundreds of food and beverage clients and other businesses, we've found that one of the most common hurdles to clear for a new venture is—drumroll—raising startup capital. Regardless of whether a company is a brewery five years into scale, or an early-stage, consumer-packaged product iterating at…

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Urban South Brewery: Tapping the Taproom to Grow Community

Jacob Landry, co-founder of Urban South Brewery (and its popular, kid-friendly taproom) in New Orleans, says he grew up hating beer. His dad drank Old Milwaukee, and the beer scene at LSU when Landry got to college wasn't anything particularly enticing. It wasn't until he had a study-abroad experience in Southern…

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Women in Beer: From Ale Wives to Barley’s Angels

OK, so maybe you're aware that beer has been around for at least 5,000 years. There's evidence that Mesopotamians brewed beer in what is present-day Iran, from the analysis of pottery jars and poetry from 3500 B.C. and earlier. In the earliest cases, "beer" (or some sort of fermented liquid)…

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Mama Nature’s Juice Bar: Fulfilling the Vision

T’Keyah Williams’ journey to a juice bar of her own began when her mother went vegan; Williams, already an adult with two children of her own, decided to try being a vegan herself and saw the benefits for her and her kids (now 5 and 10) who both suffered from…

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D.J. Baker: Partnering for Good Food and Gardens

D.J. Baker has an infectious energy that really comes across when he talks about good food. The former member of the FoodCorps moved to Mississippi in 2015 after growing up in a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He worked first for FoodCorps in…

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