The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop for individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty food business.
What are “specialty foods?”
Specialty foods are manufactured in limited quantity with high-quality ingredients. Specialty foods generally command a high price and include products such as handmade chocolates and food truck items.
What will I learn in this food workshop?
This course will show you how to develop and manage a successful specialty food business from inception to operation. You’ll learn about:
– business planning and marketing
– financing and accounting
– permitting and feasibility assessment
– promoting and pricing your products
– ways to enter the market, such as farmers markets, food trucks, wholesaling, and supermarkets
– join in discussions about individual business ideas
– take home a business plan template
– receive an array of other informational resources
The workshop will meet for five sessions beginning Sept. 16 and will be
offered by videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Homer, Kodiak and
Juneau. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through
Sept. 30. The instructors are Extension food research technician Kate
Idzorek and Quentin Fong, a seafood marketing specialist with Alaska Sea
Grant’s Marine Advisory Program.
Sept. 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Idzorek said specialty foods are manufactured in limited quantity with
high-quality ingredients and include products such as handmade chocolates
and food truck items.
This course is intended for
– individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty food business to sell foods direct to consumers under the DEC Cottage Foods Exemption or a temporary DEC permit
– DEC-permitted food production businesses to sell wholesale in Alaska
– DEC-permitted Mobile Food Units (food trucks)
This course is NOT intended for individuals starting or operating a restaurant or starting an interstate or international wholesale food business.
– Delta Junction: Career Advancement Center
– Fairbanks: UAF campus, Bunnell Building, Room 235
– Homer: Kenai Peninsula College, Room P103
– Juneau: UAS Juneau, Room 115
– Kodiak: Kodiak Seafood & Marine Science Center, Room 219
What about regulations?
Depending on the scale and risk of your food business, you may be subject to certain regulations. Find out about:
– creating nutrition fact panels
– formatting your food label
– making sure your facility meets health and safety guidelines