Thursday, September 13, 2012

Attention Oakland Restaurants

Attention ORA Members:

For restaurants who are thinking of PRODUCING products please attend this free city-sponsored workshop on Friday September 14 at 8:30am.



 SEPTEMBER 14, 2012  8:30-10:30 AM


HEARING ROOM 3 (ground floor)


We invite Oakland Food & Beverage Manufacturers to attend the first in a series of discussions, sponsored by the City of Oakland, Office of Economic & Workforce Development, promoting products & services “made in Oakland” through technical assistance seminars for our manufacturers.

Oakland places a high value on its Food & Beverage Sector- exemplary established and start up artisan, specialty & mainstream food production & processing businesses, their distributors, packagers/co-packers, ingredient suppliers and wholesalers. Food & beverages made, moved and processed in Oakland is a tradition that goes back to the late-1800. The Office of Economic Development strives to help you locate, permit, and publicize your efforts through our Oakland Food & Beverage Trail. This fall the City is conducting an Oakland Food & Beverage Economic Sector Study as a component of our Economic Development Strategy. We hope to engage you throughout the Fall, ask your input on the Study as well as educate us about your facility, workforce, and other needs so that the City can support your growth.

This first seminar will help to educate local Food & Beverage Producers and Distributors on Local Building Services permitting, Food Safety, Packaging and Distribution/Supply Chain Management. Future seminars will continue with such detail, and add information and exchange between local businesses on the local supply chain, greening the supply chain, best buys in efficiency and mechanical/ drainage/ power systems, and topics that arise during the discussion.

8:30:   Welcome and Introductions / light refreshments

8:45    Regulation: Guest Speaker Jeff Hutcher, City Building Services

9:00    Packaging: Guest Speaker: Kevin Kelly, CEO, Emerald Packaging

9:30    Distribution and Supply Chain: Guest Speaker Tom French, Supply Chain Coach

10:00  Food Safety: Guest Speaker Phil Cullen, Manex Consulting

There will be some time for questions and discussion with each Guest Speaker.

Please help us help YOU grow in Oakland by answering a few survey questions on the following website. All answers will be held by city staff of Economic Development only, and in strict confidence.  Find the Oakland Food & Beverage Company Survey at:

For more information and to RSVP, please contact staff Margot Lederer Prado, or direct line, 510. 238.6766


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