Can you direct me to some resources for finding financial analysis information for a value-added food processing enterprise?
A.L.IowaAnswer: 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-faiswww.fapc.okstate.edu/PAGES/economics.htmlhttp://kaic.psu.edu/resources/EvalFeasibilityValAdEnt.pdf (PDF/752 KB)www.cias.wisc.edu/archives/2005/05/19/specialty_foods_enterprise_budget/index.phpwww.agmrc.org/agmrc/business/startingbusiness/businessplanninglinks.htm#samplebusinessplanswww.bplans.com/Sample_Business_Plans/Farm_and_Food_Production_Business_Plans/Salsa_Manufacturer_Business_Plan/executive_summary.cfmAs 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=16256http://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.pdfHere 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#summaryDmay 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 ResourcesEnterprise Budgets and Production Costs for Organic ProductionKeys to Success in Value-Added Agriculture