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eNews - December 2017

View FAPC activity that occurred during the third quarter of 2017 in the December 2017 FAPC eNews.

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About FAPC: Industry Advisory Committee
Featured Client: Over The Fence Farms/Spotted Cow Packaging
Economic Impacts
Food Industry Project: Larapins
Research Project: US Roaster Corp
Highlighted Video: Social Media Marketing Plan
Highlighted Photo: Food & Beverage Product Development Competition
Activity at FAPC
Fast Fact

About FAPC: Industry Advisory Committee

FAPC, a part of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, helps to develop successful value-added enterprises in Oklahoma - to bring the products, the jobs and the dollars back home. FAPC helps accomplish its mission with assistance from an Industry Advisory Committee. This 16-member advisory board is made up of food and agricultural industry leaders who are appointed by the highest positions of the Oklahoma state government. The committee offers counsel, makes decisions and takes leadership action to ensure FAPC makes sound short- and long-term plans to meet its objectives. The IAC meets twice a year, once at FAPC and the other at an off-site location.

Featured Client

For years, Linda Beguin took her homemade pickles to a local church bazaar and received great reviews. She had occasionally considered commercializing these pickles and possibly other items but had never moved to a point of decision. When the company that Beguin worked for decided to close its operating facilities in Enid, she and her husband, at age 55, decided to start a new career. They named their new business Over The Fence Farms. Prior to taking that leap of faith, they registered for FAPC's Basic Training and attended the one-day new start-up business workshop in February 2011.

After visiting with one co-packer, she and her husband made the decision to apply to Autry Technology Center business incubator in Enid, Oklahoma, in early 2012. She was familiar with that incubator because she had previously taught at Autry Career Tech. She was accepted and with assistance from FAPC and Autry Career Tech, they were prepared to start their business in July 2012. They worked to be successful, first with the pickles and then with other created products such as spice mixes, bread mixes, dip mixes and other sauces. Her marketing plan was focused on craft shows, trade shows and Made in Oklahoma stores. As she progressed, FAPC assisted with labeling questions, equipment solutions and testing requirements for products.

After two years in business, another small start-up company made contact with Over The Fence Farms and requested it produce herbal jellies. In 2014, the Beguins decided to take another big step and start a co-packing business, and in April 2015, they officially launched Spotted Cow Packaging. Their capabilities broadened to include spice blends, salsas and BBQ sauces. Spotted Cow Packaging has found success in providing co-packing capabilities to fill a gap for clients who are not in a position to request larger bulk orders from co-packers who have high minimum orders. Their minimum order is 10 cases versus larger co-packer minimum orders of 50 cases.

When the Beguins started their business in 2012, the company employed three people including herself, her husband (part time) and her son Adam (part time). Today, her company has grown to require 6-part-time employees other than her husband and son. She launched her business with one venture in mind, but it has developed into quite a different business. Beguin has been a guest luncheon speaker on multiple occasions for FAPC's Basic Training. She presents a unique perspective of how her business has evolved. It has grown from a small niche pickle company to a co-packer that produces product for more than 10 different companies with products carried in more than 60 retail locations in Oklahoma.

Beguin continues to access FAPC for information and project assistance for product development for her clients. The company also offers a website to sell products under its brand identity and those products for which they co-pack, giving clients a unique marketing and selling opportunity. Her lease at Autry Technology Center is soon to end. It is an opportunity to take another step of faith and expand from the current 2,200 square feet to 6,000 square feet, build-to-suit facility to allow continued company growth.

Economic Impact

FAPC's strives to add value to Oklahoma by providing economic impact to the state. Following is an estimate of economic impact during the third quarter of 2017. These estimates represent the sales revenue of products that were the object of work at FAPC.

Economic Impact July-September 2017

Food Industry Project

Laurie Allen of Chickasha, Oklahoma, is publishing a recipe book called "Larapin Good." To accompany these recipes, she has developed seasoning blends for which she wants to market. Allen requested assistance from FAPC to update the design of her logo and develop a label for her product package. Allen is currently working with Cedar Hill Seasoning in Edmond, Oklahoma, to co-pack her products.

Research Project

FAPC is helping US Roaster Corp,located in Oklahoma City, market a small, smokeless electric coffee bean roaster with cloud connectivity. The new mini coffee bean roaster design is based on the company's flagship roaster, The Revelation, and can roast a batch of beans in 8 to 16 minutes, depending on the recipe. Target customers for this roaster include small coffee shops in the United States, China and Europe that want to add whole bean roasting to their operations. The mini Revelation allows users to connect a handheld electronic device to download and upload profile formulations with scalability from small to large roasters. The roaster also includes an interchangeable drum that is dishwasher safe. With FAPC's assistance, US Roasters Corp received a grant from the Oklahoma Applied Research Support Program within the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology to improve the low-cost mini roaster.

Highlighted Video

Highlighted Photo

Goat milk frozen yogurt, insect protein bars and ethnic pudding were unveiled during FAPC's first-ever Food & Beverage Product Development Competition. The Sept. 12 competition challenged college students to share their creative and innovative ideas for new food and beverage products to help foster creative research, idea development, product and process development, and commercialization potential and evaluation.

Activity at FAPC

The following is activity that occurred during the third quarter of 2017 (July to September) at FAPC:
  • FAPC served on 39 key client projects.
  • 43 visitor sessions or tours and a total of 317 guests visited the center for tours or work.
  • FAPC issued 20 Process Authority Letters and 6 nutrition label sets.
  • FAPC communications included 88 media and news releases, articles, extension reports and feature articles.
  • 18 continuing education and training events were held with 321 attendees.
  • The FAPC pilot plant harvested or processed 65 beef, 70 hogs and 17 lambs.

Fast Fact

Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne diseases? While the U.S. food supply is one of the safest in the world, food safety during the holidays is a must in order to prevent bacteria from growing and causing illness. FAPC offers the top 10 food safety tips to remember this holiday season. Read more.