Specialty Foods in 2017

Join LSU AgCenter Food Incubator along with Ron Tanner and Shawn McBride of The Specialty Food Association for this informative presentation!

  • When: Friday, November 17, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Where: 212 Efferson Hall (Highland Road at E. Parker Boulevard on the LSU Campus)
  • Cost: $40 per person

What's Selling, Who Is Buying, and Why?

Specialty foods sales are booming at a rate seven times greater than mass market foods. Learn the size of the industry and what categories are fueling the growth, with specific products trends from the 2017 Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows. We’ll also present the latest information on the specialty food consumer and what is sparking the surge in purchasing.

Lunch Provided

Navigating the Specialty Food Landscape

So you have a product and sell to regional and local stores. How do you expand sales? Learn about the specialty food distribution network, including:

  • How to Sell to Distributors
  • How to Manage Brokers
  • How to Sell to Supermarkets and Specialty Food Stores
  • How to Sell to Foodservice


Register for Specialty Foods Seminar

Food Business Basics (10/6/2017)

The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator is excited to announce our first Food Business Basics seminar. In this seminar, you will learn about starting a food business, information about joining the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, testimonials from successful Food Companies and business tips from the Louisiana Business and Technology Center. We will also have information on food product pricing, food labeling, and marketing using social media. Don’t miss this presentation if you are interested in launching a food business or renting a facility for your new food business.

When: Friday, October 6, from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: 212 Efferson Hall (Highland Road at W. Parker Boulevard on the LSU campus)
Cost: $200 per company (Limit of 2 people per company)

Registration Required. To reserve your spot at the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator presentation, please contact Ashley Gutierrez by October 2 or register below:

Food Business Basics Registration


8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast (Provided)

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introduction of Program

8:45 – 9:15 Overview of the Cottage Law

9:15 – 10:00 Process for Incubator Tenants

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:15 Pricing Your Food Products

11:15 - 11:30 Application Process Incubator

11:30 – 12:00 Tenant Testimonials

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (Provided)

12:30 – 1:30 Food Safety Basics

1:30 – 2:30 Social Media Marketing

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45 Food Labeling Requirements

3:45 – 4:00 Questions and Answers/Networking

*Subject to change

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