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Permalink Can you direct me to some resources for finding financial analysis information for a value-added food processing enterprise?

A.L.
Iowa

Answer:
You had asked about sources of financial analysis information (cash flow, breakeven, pro forma) for a value-added food processing enterprise.

As far as templates, here are some good ones. The Canadian one at
www.agf.gov.bc.ca/busmgmt/budgets/value_added.htm is especially good as it features some sample enterprises.

Some others can be found here:
www.agr.gc.ca/ren/index_e.cfm?s1=cfbas-sceac&s2=pave-pepva&page=feas-fais
www.fapc.okstate.edu/PAGES/economics.html
http://kaic.psu.edu/resources/EvalFeasibilityValAdEnt.pdf (PDF/752 KB)
www.cias.wisc.edu/archives/2005/05/19/specialty_foods_enterprise_budget/index.php
www.agmrc.org/agmrc/business/startingbusiness/businessplanninglinks.htm#samplebusinessplans
www.bplans.com/Sample_Business_Plans/Farm_and_Food_Production_Business_Plans/Salsa_Manufacturer_Business_Plan/executive_summary.cfm

As far as actual financial information, naturally, that is harder to come by. At www.cfap.org/afs_temp3.cfm?topicID=275, you can find some financials on shared-use kitchens.

This project, focused on value-added dairy, collected financial and production information from existing value-added producers:
http://research.cals.cornell.edu/entity?home=6&id=16256
http://aem.cornell.edu/research/researchpdf/rb0607.pdf (PDF/1.46 MB)

Here is some more on dairy: http://jds.fass.org/cgi/reprint/90/5/2506.pdf

Here is a study from K-State on profitability of various food and agribusiness firms:
http://www.agmanager.info/agribus/econissues/mf2487.pdf (PDF/95 KB)

The info at www.ibiblio.org/farming-connection/foodsys/addval.htm#summaryD
may be useful.

This is actually a Finnish study entitled "How do small rural food-processing firms compete?" but I think it is useful:
http://ethesis.helsinki.fi/julkaisut/maa/talou/vk/forsman/howdosma.pdf (PDF/2.92 MB)

For related information see the following ATTRA publications:
Agricultural Business Planning Templates and Resources
Enterprise Budgets and Production Costs for Organic Production
Keys to Success in Value-Added Agriculture

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