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Our Friends, the Bees

While researching the non-sustainability of popular foods among the health-conscious, including almonds and avocados, I noticed how frequently bees and pollination topics popped up. We all know the importance of pollination for growing fruits and vegetables. We've also seen many headlines about the loss of bees in the last couple of decades. Sudden...

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Have you ever heard someone exclaim that it took over ten years to become an overnight success? We have! We also know that there's a lot to learn along the way, and many don't succeed. We recently sat down with three food entrepreneurs with a collective 38 years in business to ask them about what it took to grow a successful business. Each entrepre...

We've been watching food trends for a while, and we see that people are becoming more interested in what they eat, where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it's good for them. The trends show that more and more people now view food as preventative medicine for the mind and body. It's no longer enough to stay away from processed foods, ex...

Starting a business is daunting, as any number of entrepreneurs will tell you. At some point, you'll need help, and the bigger your company grows, the more help you'll need. The good news is that there are plenty of people and systems ready and willing to help you. Running your food business requires expertise in areas other than the operation of t...

The food economy encompasses the growing, distribution, and marketing of food. It includes farmers, lawyers, accountants, commodity traders, manufacturers, logistic specialists, marketers, chefs, grocery store workers, and eventually, the consumers. Consumers are increasingly becoming concerned as they learn more about what goes into their foo...

Have you ever wondered how entrepreneurs got their start? It's always an interesting story. They have usually had help along the way because not everyone with a good idea knows how to run a successful business. Businesses don't usually become successful overnight, and success doesn't happen without a lot of grit! The Startup Years Kim Elam grew up ...

Sustainability is a hot topic in both politics and business. Large corporations, small businesses, and consumers are making decisions based on sustainability now more than ever. A sustainable business is an enterprise that has a minimal negative impact or, better yet, a positive effect on the global or local environment, community, society, or econ...

Owning a food business is not just about making the product. As the food business gets bigger, there is more work outside of the time spent in the kitchen. All businesses have to start somewhere, and food businesses are no exception. Many grow out of a hobby and others grow out of necessity as we've seen during Covid. What continues to surprise and...

For a food business to be successful, it must produce a great product over and over again. Consistency is what keeps a customer coming back again and again. That's also what attracts new customers. Each happy customer will tell their friends about the best new thing they discovered. Lots of people are cooking or baking hobbyists. They love the acco...

Some people have said they don't understand what we do. I'm here to clarify that. We're The Business of Food. We help people in food businesses in a variety of ways. We call those varieties pillars, and we have four of them: Mill River Cookery; Mill River Harvest; Mill River Marketplace; and Mill River School. Put it all together and we have an inc...

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Sycamore, IL 60178
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