AFI Partners Jarred Maxwell and Curt Nelson discuss the kinds of companies AFI works with. 6:48 minutes.
While we are happy to talk to any company that meets our Qualification Criteria, we are particularly interested in the following types of companies:
Farmers & Ranchers
Existing farm or ranch with increasing or unsatisfied demand for current product lines, or wishing to expand into new product lines, particularly specialty crops or proteins targeted at non-commodity market. Land, building, equipment acquisition or leasing, hiring, impact improvement, conventional to organic conversion; new farm creation.
Tools and technologies (including sensors, hardware, data, and decision-making support) to manage cultivation on units smaller then a field, enabling site-specific efficiency.
Protein processing (beef, hogs, lamb, poultry, etc.) for sale into distribution channels. Micro-processing for on-farm. Slaughtering, butchering, harvesting, & packaging. Grains & vegetable processing like grain mills.
Shared Commercial Kitchens
Licensed and outfitted co-working spaces for small food companies or farmers to experiment, manufacture value-added products themselves.
Outsourcer of food processing, manufacturing, to company’s specifications.
Value-Added Producers & CPG Companies
Food consumer packaged good company with existing or new product line created from locally sourced agricultural products.
Transportation and logistics for companies between self-distribution and large distributors like Sysco, UNFI, Ben E. Keith, Farmhouse Delivery. Includes wholesalers, warehousers, food hubs.
Farm-to-Table Restaurants & Retail
Direct to consumer physical and online destinations for local, organic, natural food.
Water & Water Tech
Water conservation, waste reduction, processing, & distribution for human or animal consumption.
Composing, up-cycling, waste reduction, repurposing specific to agriculture or food.
To fill gaps in the local food system, including hardware, software, apps.
Solutions to address food deserts, food access, nutrition, obesity, hunger.
Consulting / Pollinators / Liaisons / Connectors
For-profit organizations with innovative methods to connect, empower, and build the local food system on a fee-for service basis.