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Gaye Sandoz, The Shelf Jeannie (The DOcast)

Gaye Sandoz doing her thing… stare at this picture for 3 seconds.

There’s no business like the food business, and Gaye Sandoz has been doing it for over 37 years. She is a chef by trade (and for Tony Chachere’s), took Cajun Injector on QVC, published her own cookbook, launched a kitchen product line, and kickstarted the first two food incubators in Louisiana (Edible Enterprises & LSU’s Food Incubator). If there’s anyone who knows how to get your food product on the shelf, it’s her. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet her and she has helped me get my salad dressing on the shelf in 30 days (your mileage may vary). Continue reading Gaye Sandoz, The Shelf Jeannie (The DOcast)

Product Calculator for Startup Food Entrepreneurs

Crunching Numbers — Photo credit: Annette Murnane

As some of might know, I’m in the process of launching my own salad dressing. When creating it, I was looking for a simple calculator to crunch numbers, ingredients, and profits. And I found that there just isn’t any good calculators out there.

So I made one.

My goal was to quickly calculate 4 main areas:

– Cost per unit
– Scalability costs
– Wholesale cost/profit
– Cashflow

The calculator is measured in ounces and was designed for liquid products, but the numbers can still apply to any type of measurement.

In converting cups/tablespoons/pints/etc. to ounces, I used Convert by Tap Tap Tap. It’s a beautifully designed conversion calculator.

So there you have it, a simple calculator to take grandma’s jam to main street.

Make it count.

[ Download it ] (Excel)