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    • Profile PhotoMark Floerke
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      @independant-consultant
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      I am sharing on behalf of a friend I am assisting.  All Purpose Cake Company produces mini cakes that are about single to 2 portion size.https://allpurposecakeco.com/

      The unique aspect is that they are Keto, somewhat by default.  The cakes are gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free, to address several food sensitivity challenges the creators are passionate about.

      They are currently in a growth challenge of scaling up from small batches to more efficient production, while staying true to all the “free from” requirements, quality, texture, and taste.  Besides processing methods, the initial bigger challenge is ingredient sourcing, as they move from household practice to commercialization.  There is so much available, and it becomes one of thoses who you know situations.  Some large producers will not deal with smaller startups directly, but quite often their distributors will.  I wont get in to all the specifics of the ingredients here, but in this particular case some of them are not standard bakery ingredients accessible from Bakemark or similar.  Some are retail products, for which there will need to be some recon and testing to find a good match.  Working with suppliers is the key to success in these situations.  Suppliers want to see you succeed, so they can sell you more stuff and succeed as well.  Some producers will work with you to help solve challenges and get you started, then refer you to a distributor for access to purchasing in smaller quantities initially.  Small quantities often means 50 pound packages or 1,000 pound pallets, and less in some specialized potent products.

      One supply source needed to start with is powdered egg whites.  Ideally if anyone knows of a distributor in the PNW who carry Micheal Foods Products.  this would help greatly.

      Occasionally I use UL Prospector on line to find certain ingredients or supplier.  It can be a useful resource.

      The main ingredients in this concept are egg whites, monk fruit, erythritol, hazel nuts, soy milk, vegetable fat, dried fruit and natural flavor concentrates.

      Please contribute your thoughts and ideas.  Thanks!

       

    • Profile PhotoAna
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      @jubiketo
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      Hi Mark,

      I also own a keto business (but in Canada). We started a few months ago and are growing super fast. I too struggle to find suppliers.

      One thing I’ve done that helped was to reach out to brands and ask them to point me to local distributors. Those may carry other products your friend may need. For instance, I needed sugar free chocolate chips, so I reached out to Lily Sweets and Krisda. One of Krisda’s distributors in Canada also carry a range of things I needed, such as sweetener, almond flour, etc.

    • Profile PhotoMark Floerke
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      @independant-consultant
      Post count: 223

      Thank you @jubiketo!  They are having some success in going to source producers, and from there directed to distributors.  Part of the growing pains are having originally formulated with products that are made only and or specifically for the consumer market.  There are no commercial quantities available, and you would not necessarily want those in commercial production, when you can obtain better functions ingredients that check all of the same boxes.

      thank you for sharing and let us know how we can help, as well please keep sharing!

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