As you maneuver through the exciting yet competitive food sector, Farm Food Drink has a team of industry leaders to help you grow your business and be sustainable for the long haul. Whether you need market research, business planning, creative marketing, or all three teams, we can help you better connect with your customer and get the right things done.
Much of our success has come at the grass roots level, rooted in our client and food industry relationships. We share a social purpose with our clients and colleagues in further developing regional food systems and local food economies.
We are exclusive to the agri-food sector and serve only small to medium food and farm companies, mostly based in BC. All of our team is empowered and enriched by the passion and work ethic of our clients, this fuels our work. That’s why we say “Doing good work for good people doing good things”.
Meet some of our team...
Greg has decades of proven industry experience in business development, strategic planning, and marketing. With a background in big business and a social purpose to develop local food economies, Greg has one foot in a dress shoe, one in a gumboot. Although ultra confident in both worlds, his passion lies with small food and farm companies. Greg excels at and loves the collaboration process, using the first-hand experience of our client’s vision, products, and operation to form their strategy for market growth and sustainability. This two way, sharing and learning process is what fuels his ongoing journey to grow BC’s local food economy.
As Creative Director for Farm Food Drink and our lead graphic designer, Tammi guides branding and marketing projects for both clients and FFD. She brings 20-plus years of creative leadership to bridge our clients’ unique stories and products to connect with their customers. With brand elements, positioning strategies, and creative designs, Tammi is a source of brilliant ideas. Her mantra - Good Work for Good People!
Vanessa is a wiz at research, specializing in food systems and agricultural market research. She develops key market research plans that illuminate market trends, and identify buying behaviours, key competitors, and target markets. Instrumental to developing business strategies, Vanessa’s research supports the growth and viability of small to medium-sized farm and food enterprises, as well as the development of local and regional food systems.
Sheena is the hub for all client and Farm Food Drink activities, and excels at managing all the details. She coordinates the many campaigns, projects, and plans while liaising with clients, coordinating government and industry players, and wrangling our team of specialists to ensure all are heading to the right field. A strong communicator, Sheena loves to work with all these strong personalities, and is motivated to help clients tell their story and make their vision a reality.
Dave has spent the last decade strengthening the local food system, exploring food sustainability as a student, activist, teacher, entrepreneur, chef, and farmer. Now he channels those skills while working on Farm Food Drink business planning projects, where he helps clients develop strategies to navigate difficult markets, expand to reach a sustainable scale, develop new products and/or processes, and refine their production economics.
With a background in Food Science, 30 years food and seafood industry experience, and a graduate degree in Communications, Debra is the consummate catalyst of domestic food production. She loves to get to know and understand client’s needs and business objectives so she can help them meet their goals. Debra has experience in virtually every aspect of food production and is a passionate contributor to sustainable food systems. She provides the FFD team with expertise on strategic business planning, communications, market opportunities, production alternatives, regulatory affairs and funding options.
As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Phyllis is Farm Food Drink’s financial analyst. She focuses on the financial viability of business plans and believes that most small scale farms and agri-food operations can be sustainable by starting small and staging manageable growth. Phyllis also manages the agency’s finances and works on ad hoc special projects. Passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, she gets excited to help businesses grow sustainable food systems.
Bonnie uses her marketing and social media expertise to develop marketing strategies, communications and implementation plans for small farms and food processors. These plans outline key tactics and positioning statements that connect with the end consumer. Growing a food forest on her third of an acre, Bonnie understands the challenges of what’s involved to work the land and wants to help farmers and food processors build a sustainable business.
Salik leverages his interdisciplinary background in biotech and business management to help small food producers and processors maximize their value. His desire to uplift the local ag-food sector stems from his passion for community empowerment through education, and his belief that local food systems are at the heart of sustainable development. With a diverse cultural exposure and a broad spectrum of experiences, in market research, agriculture consultancy and post-secondary teaching and research, Salik brings a global perspective, deep understanding of intercultural communication and a scientific approach for small farmers and businesses aiming to achieve sustainability and profitability.