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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Some incoming news... I have just got the paper that attests that I can produce and sell my arancini by authorities! Great news ! I'm now thinking about the definitive business model I should adopt. Selling arancini to privates is cool because I could create my own brand but it would take a lot...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi guys ! I have contacted a small local influencer on Instagram (+2.500 followers), talked to her and is very nice. I'm going to bring her 6x arancinis so that she can taste, publish on his account and talk around her about my little business. :)
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Ciao Peppe :D It's quite interesting to see how many Sicilians there are here. I would not have bet ! Yes, they produce it at Ragusa (I just got my order this morning!). I already make arancini, but I thought to buy these so that they always have the same shape and weight for 2 reasons : 1. My...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Got it now and what you say sounds logical. But when it comes to my business I become a bit "paranoid", thinking about all bad things people could say about the food, process,... I always try to imagine all kind of situations to be prepared. As I said, for now I am starting as a caterer but...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    100% correct. But don't you think customers be like "Oh, I just have to buy one of these online and then I can do it by myself" ? Or do you think that even though they will come back for the quality ingredients, know-how I provide and the fact they can eat them quick without getting their hands...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi guys ! Little update. I have ordered these molds in order to give a good shape to my Arancini : View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWVJfEqfDr0 But there is something I am confused about : do not you think making Arancini with this little machine don't look a bit too "industrial" to my...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Great idea you gave me here GeoffP :) Thanks
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi Walter, The franchise is my ultimate goal. Indeed I am aware it will take more than months to setting up a franchise. That is why I am starting by selling my Arancini from home as a caterer to test the market, then open a small store or food truck (although I have read that a food truck is...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Thanks MJ, I am going to re-read it
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    So if I understand well, in the US you can get Chinese dumplings only via supermarkets/grocery stores/restaurants ? Is not there any artisanal store/brand selling them ? If you open a store here in Belgium you have some financial support from the government, but of course you always must have...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    When you know how to do it, you get used to. It's like cooking pizzas : it is hard for someone that never did one, but once you learn, have the right ingredients, it is easy. Of course, it costs time. And as you say, they would rather pay for a supplier like me (as long as I propose a great...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    1) A lot of people (especially non Italian) know this food just because they know "a friend of a friend" can cook them on demand and do extra money cooking Arancini. This food is known but no one started an Arancini business yet. 2) Yes, just ingredient cost. I cannot calculate other costs...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Could you please remind me what chapter do I find this list in ? Because I cannot find it :/
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi GeoffP and thank you for the feedback, 1) There are a lot of Italians in my locality and non Italian residents love Italian food : pizzerias are always full. Arancini is not a common meal like pizzas or pastas, but some stores sell them, although they're industrial and really different from...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi Xeon ! Again, you are a great source of inspiration. It came on my mind that another value skew could be the tomato sauce coming directly from a Sicilian supplier and not from the supermarket next door. I guess that was your point when you said there are more value skew, right ? :)
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    Starting a shampoo business [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi Fiorellik :) Thank you for the feedback, really appreciate that ! Btw I decided to leave this idea since it requires too much investment (examination of the composition by a toxicologist costs a lot) without knowing how the market will react. That's why I decided to let this idea apart...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Hi guys ! I was re-reading Unscripted, more precisely the "Skew value" part. Regarding my Arancini business, I am considering to use natural breadcrumbs (I can do it by myself grinding crust of bread) and not just buying industrial breadcrumbs you can find anywhere. It would be our own...
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    HOT TOPIC Creating a Sicilian food franchise [HELP NEEDED]

    Update : Hi guys, still thinking about the business model I could adopt for my Arancini business. I was wondering if I could supply directly food businesses with my Arancini, such as supermarkets, restaurants,... I mean, something like B2B and not B2C. Or maybe both is feasible too ? Selling...

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