The motto of FamilyFarmed‘s Good Food Business Accelerator is “Getting Good Food Businesses Ready for Prime Time,” and its goal is to help each year’s nine food and farm entrepreneurs — competitively selected for intensive training — to establish their businesses, scale up and succeed.
Chicago’s Phoenix Tofu Rising Farther With Expansion, Media Attention
So we at FamilyFarmed were thrilled when The Chicago Tribune published an article about Jenny Yang — a graduate from the first (2014-15) cohort of the Accelerator program — and the planned $1.7 million expansion of her fast-growing Phoenix Tofucompany.
Yang’s uniquely delicious tofu, produced from organic Illinois soybeans, is a hit with restaurant chefs and consumers, who first became acquainted with Yang’s products at Chicago-area farmers markets and now can find them at all ofWhole Foods Market‘s Midwest region stores, among other retailers. Yang’s expansion, needed to meet this rising demand, includes a 10,000 square foot production facility that has five times the space as her current factory nearby on Chicago’s North Side.
To supplement the Chicago Tribune story linked above, we are re-publishing an article we posted on Good Food on Every Table in February 2015 about Yang’s journey from Taiwan immigrant to major tofu maker and the benefits she accrued by participating in the Good Food Business Accelerator.