If you are planning to produce beverage or packaged food products, this session is for you! In an interactive and supportive environment, you'll get an intro into setting up and managing your own manufacturing operation or using copackers.
We'll also have a special guest manufacturer to share her story: Mary Gassen, owner of Noe Valley Bakery. Mary has extensive experience in the food industry, and recently launched her own consulting service for culinary businesses.
We will cover key considerations including:
• Assessing your needs and what makes the most sense for your particular business
• Information and referrals to local kitchens, co-packers, and other resources
• General information about acquiring facilities, and where to look
• Basic regulatory and permitting Issues
• Addressing legal issues and labeling issues and documentation requirements
• Overcoming specific roadblocks and challenges
• Making valuable connections with your local manufacturing community
Plus a Q & A with Mary!
About Mary Gassen:
Mary Gassen is a classically trained chef with an entrepreneurial heart. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business from Macalaster College in St. Paul, MN, Mary headed west to attend the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduation, she joined Il Fornaio America where she drew on her dual business and culinary skills as manager of several restaurants and bakeries in greater Los Angeles. She opened the Costa Mesa Il Fornaio restaurant as a Managing Partner, where she met her husband, Michael Gassen, who was the Panificio General Manager at the Irvine location. Together they returned to San Francisco where Mary worked with Barbara Tropp at China Moon Cafe and later became Administrative Director of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a trade association for women in the restaurant industry (where she served on the Board of Directors for three years).
In 1995, Mary and Michael opened San Francisco’s hugely popular Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Company, where Mary oversees the marketing, finance, and general administration of the business. For 19 years, she and her team have opened a wholesale bakery serving the entire Bay Area, a second retail store in the East Bay and an ice cream shop in Mill Valley. Through these experiences, Mary focused her talent and enthusiasm for starting new ventures and is now sharing her knowledge with other entrepreneurs through her consulting business, Launch.
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