Workshops set for food, ag businesses

    A variety of food companies call Colorado home, and the state continues to be an incubator for food entrepreneurs. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is organizing two workshops to help food and agricultural businesses get started and grow.
    “I hope these workshops inspire entrepreneurs and help their businesses thrive,” Colorado Department of Agriculture Business Development Specialist Danielle Trotta said. “Workshop speakers are actively engaged in the food system, and they are excited to share their expertise with others.”
    The “Taking the Leap into Retail and Beyond” workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the CDA office located at 305 Interlocken Parkway in Broomfield.
    This one-day workshop is perfect for businesses and producers looking to take their products and commodities to retail and beyond in the food and agriculture industry. The agenda includes topics such as sales analysis and research, marketing and positioning strategies, logistics and transportation efficiencies, buyer meetings and brokerage, and package design and artwork.
    Guest speakers include former Natural Grocers retail buyer Debbie Knapp, Peter Davis with DeLine Box Company, John Recca of BrandWerks Group, Becca Jablonski from the Department of Agriculture Resource and Economics at Colorado State University and many more experts from within the industry.
    The “Colorado Food and Agriculture Entrepreneurs” workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the CoBank Center for Agricultural Education located at 4492 E. County Road 56 in Fort Collins.

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