3 Simple Steps to Catapult Your Organic Dog Food Business

Many dog owners are now discovering the many benefits of weaning their pets from dry dog food dependency. Although many of these food items are formulated to suit the nutritional needs of our canine companions, many pets eventually end up with one or more medical conditions like obesity, diabetes and even bloat. At the same time, these dry dog food products can become increasingly expensive. If the dog owner continues with this kind of pet feeding, the monthly bills for dog food alone can be staggering. Or, if the dog owner chooses to buy more affordable but less nutritious dog food items, their pets’ health could be compromised.

This is why the organic dog food business is booming these days. In order to launch your own pet food business, here are a few things you should do.

1. Go gourmet as opposed to ordinary organic food fare. If you are a small time organic dog food business owner, you will likely have more success as a gourmet canine food manufacturer. There are already a lot of organic pet food businesses out there, which means that you have a lot of competition to deal with. But gourmet products are more profitable, and because these are considered as luxury items, you can sell at higher prices to a limited group of clienteles.

Just make sure that your gourmet dog food products are unique and distinctive. Use as many organic ingredients as you can.

2. Choose organic packaging as well. Here is one trade secret: many dog owners might be enticed to try your products more if the packaging is eye-catching. If you have enough funds, try to create custom made containers that are both serviceable and environment-friendly. Using recycled materials will help cement your reputation as an organic food manufacturer.

3. Make sure that you make arrangements with courier service. If you are operating your business online, you would rely on heavily on the courier service. Make sure that you make arrangements with them on how you want your products picked up from your place (which is great if you are sending out products by the bulk) and how you want these shipped (next-door-delivery, unmarked boxes, special lining, etc.)

Thinking of Starting a Food Business? See Which Are the Most Profitable

Most everyone, at some point or another, thinks about starting their own business. Many gravitate toward the food business because, all other considerations aside, people need to eat. So what better way to make a business a success than giving the people what they want?

Because starting a food business from scratch can be very costly and lacking in support, many would-be owners gravitate toward food franchises instead. Franchises are generally require less of a financial investment, and have a brand name associated with them so the likelihood of success is greater.

Of course, if you’re considering starting a food business, your first step will be to decide which food you’re going to sell. If you don’t have a specific preference, it only makes sense to invest in whatever’s most profitable.

Profitability is, of course, hard to predict for any business venture. There are so many unknowns and so many variables that make one business and instant success and another a failure. But one sure way to get off on the right foot is to choose a food business that’s popular.

Here are a few food businesses that are popular, and therefore most likely to be profitable.

Hot dog business

Whether it’s at a mall, near a ballpark or at the beach in the summertime, hot dogs are always big sellers. Popular with people young and old, hot dogs are an American tradition that are hard to beat. Investing in a hot dog franchise is a good choice.

Ice cream business

Who can resist a sweet, tasty treat on a hot summer day? Or even a cold winter one, for that matter? Ice cream is a universal best seller that never seems to go out of style.

Pretzel business

Opening a pretzel business can be a very sound and very profitable investment, especially if you choose a pretzel franchise. With many pretzel franchise opportunities available, you’ll have a smaller upfront investment and the support of a franchisor behind you.

While it’s true there are forces beyond your control that will determine the popularity and profitability of your franchise, there’s a lot you can do to make sure your food business is a success.

Learn the ins and outs of the business. Nothing will help you maximize your profits more than having a firm grasp on all of the nuances of the food business you’ve chosen. Knowing the business like the back of your hand from the get-go will help you make decisions along the way that will help with profitability.

Advertise. Make sure you get the word out about your new food business venture, whether that word is online or in the real world. The more people know about your business, the more customers you’ll have, and the more profit you’re likely to make.

Seek help. This is especially easy when you’re part of a franchise, but regardless of how your business is structured, you can ask fellow business owners for help and advice. Most people are perfectly willing to share their knowledge and experience.

Profitability isn’t the only marker for success, but it is an important one. Do everything you can to maximize your profits, and you’re sure to have a long and successful career as a food business owner.

Rodent Control in Food Businesses

Rodents can be a nightmare for all food businesses. It seems like they appear out of nowhere and disappear into thin air at random. Or do they? Environmental hygienists tell us that in the western world we are never more than ten feet away from a rat, on average. This is quite startling news because this means that rat concentrations may be higher than ever before in history. With the reported upsurge in the levels of reported food poisoning, particularly with reference to salmonella, e. coli and lysteria, the presence of rodents must be controlled professionally within food preparation areas.

In the days when sewers ran open in the middle of the streets of all towns to see rats scurrying around everywhere was no great thing. Nowadays, many of us get very fearful when we see a rat or mouse. It may be common to see rats around farm houses in the countryside but in urban domestic environments if a rat is seen indoors emergency calls will be made to the exterminator.

Rats are not fun to have around the house. They leave the smell of their urine in places they hide and the smell is very hard to get rid of. My house was once targeted by a rat when it was being renovated and we had a real job getting rid of the thing. It decided to set up shop in a washing machine of all places. The smell coming from the washing machine was so bad that I decided to buy a new one and have the old one taken away by the trash collectors.

Like any animal species rodents need an environment upon which they can thrive. They need warmth, food, water and a place to live. Rodents are social animals and do not like to live solitary lives. This means that any environment they decide to live in must be able to support several individuals.

It is our common belief that rodents will come because a slice of bread was left out or because there were a few crumbs that spilled on the floor. This notion is not quite true. Rodents need more than just a solitary piece of food.

Food businesses can be ideal places for rodents to thrive because they can find environments suitable to support whole colonies around food outlets. By using the term environment I relate to the following. Your premises, the neighbouring premises, the drainage system, your roof, the garbage collection area, your store rooms, other store rooms in your immediate area such as bakeries, butchers, vegetable stores, the condition of housing around your business and many other possible factors. All of these elements go towards creating an environment in which rodents can thrive.

There is one thing you must know about rodents. Anywhere they can squeeze their head through they can get their whole body through in a matter of a couple of seconds. Rats will swim through a drain water to trap to squeeze through the grate of a drain. They have no problem doing this.

Highly populated areas are good environments in which to open all sorts of food businesses but they are also perfect environments for rodents. As humans we have developed the ability to control environments and the critical point about pest control in food businesses is the control of the environment around your business.

This is no short order. As I have already suggested there are many factors which contribute to the environment in which your business is situated, from the perspective of a rat or mouse. Firstly there is the question of resident rodent infestation. Is your business situated upon an existing rodent problem? It is a lot harder to get rid of rodents that have inhabited your surroundings for decades than it is to prevent the infestation of rats and mice. This is due to the fact they have the advantage of knowing the terrain like the back of their little fury hands whereas you may be new to the lay of the land.

Infrastructure includes the following areas, drains and sewers, outside walls and piping, rendering, wall cavities, areas under roofs, ovens (especially ovens with insulation), cellars, dry store rooms, trash can areas, box collection areas, vegetation around your areas including trees, neighboring businesses of all types, boxes with stored equipment especially if it is not often used, linen areas, service cupboards and toilet areas.

The places that rodents can inhabit are countless. The key to controlling the presence of rodents in your business is as I have already said to control THEIR potential environment. You must think from the rodents perspective. You must control everything that goes on both in and around your business. Another good indicator to the presence of rats is the presence of cats. Cat are another pest that will inhabit environments which can support them. More often than not they share these environments quite happily with rats. Alley cats are not good ratters because they don’t need them for food. Why should they fight a rat if they have scraps to fed off?

Controlling the environment in which your business is situated is all about a working system and having the staff to do it. Chefs and waiters must not deal in pest control. They must never contaminate themselves by cleaning contaminated areas. All responsible businesses must hire general staff to make sure the area inside and outside the area is kept spotless at all times. Chefs waiters and sore workers must also insure that areas under their direct responsibility and hygiene level are kept hygienic and tidy at all times. Any restaurant team that finishes their shift just ten minutes before going home cannot clean the business properly. At least one hour of solid cleaning is required, twice daily at least, to keep a food preparation business environments clean and controlled from a vermin aspect.

Also, pest control contractors must make fortnightly visits to appraise the vermin presence in and around your business. Likewise drain pumps must be carried out at least once a month by an authorized contracting or municipal authority.

Only when you pay attention to every detail concerning the hygienic state in around your business can you be reasonably assured that you are protecting your customers against disease which is transmitted by rodents and other pests.