We help our clients sell more food

We don't know much about marketing for real estate. Or for cars, detergents, or life insurance. We leave that to the generalist ad agencies out there.

But helping our clients sell more food, that's something we know an awful lot about. Because that's all we do.

So, if you grow or make food and you'd like to increase your sales, then you might want to talk to us.

Services that support the growth and success of your food business

Starting on the farm, moving on to formulation; from food packaging design with shelf presence to food specific social media and content marketing campaigns that sell and store-level activities that engage, we help our clients sell more food, more profitably.

Guaranteed to work original recipes and beautiful food photography from our in-house food photography studio and test kitchens

Canada's most iconic food brands and publishers rely on our team of creative and culinary professionals to create original and engaging recipe content for traditional marketing, social media, content marketing and even book and magazine publishing.

Packaging design with shelf presence

Our specialist designers know what consumers and retailers are looking for in food product packaging. We develop food packaging with the shelf presence required to secure the sale.

Carefully selected green and black tea, imbued with European sourced vitamins.

The connected kitchen is coming- here's how you can profit from it

According to Comstock, 50% of all searches will be voice based by 2020 and 75% of all Canadian households will have at least one voice based AI assistant in the home. And according to Google, over 75% of connected devices live in the kitchen, with food and cooking support a major use.

Whether you need to understand Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or any other emerging AI technology, we can help you take advantage of this consumer driven revolution. Talk to us and be there when your customers are looking to connect.

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Frequently asked questions

General Questions (5)

Sure thing. And we’d be happy to share them with you after we have signed an NDA.

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We do work with a limited number of food startups per year, but we reserve the right to select who we partner with. We choose startups that, in our opinion, have a chance to succeed in the market.

We do offer reduced rates to qualifying startups. Please contact us for details.

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

In our experience, the clients we have the happiest, and most longstanding relationships with all have certain characteristics in common.

These are:

  • They are decison makers who have the authority to direct and grow their brands.
  • They are lifelong learners who understand the importance of testing budgets – we live by the 70-20-10 rule.
  • They have a genuine passion for their brand and want to work with people who share that passion.
  • They have access to the budget that supports the activities needed to grow and support their brands.
  • They’re frugal, but not cheap.
  • They challenge us and allow us to challenge them.
  • They respect what we bring to the table.
  • They’re brave.

Where we don’t think we’d be a good choice

  • Decisions are made by comittee, there is no ownerhip or leadership.
  • There’s no passion for learning, but a hope to keep the status quo going.
  • The brand is not supported, the client doesn’t believe in the future of the brand or doesn’t identify with it.
  • Decisions are made based on the lowest cost.
  • The client dislikes being challenged and does not believe that marketing adds value.

Want to start talking to see if we click?

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We launched in 2009.

We are Canada’s only full-service marketing agency specializing in working with food and beverage clients. We service clients in Canada, the US and Europe from offices in Toronto, Montreal (French services) and Guelph (Agricultural services).

Nourish is privately owned, with both partners actively involved in the running of the business.

Can we help?

Questions or comments? Get in touch.

What makes us different from other marketing agencies is that we understand the food ecosystem from the farm to the fork. Marketing food is all we do.

Our agricultural marketing team, with offices in Guelph, understands the needs of Canada’s farming communities like few others.

Our researchers and marketing strategists understand the food and retail market not just in Canada, but also in the US and Europe.

Our culinary staff supports our clients with services ranging from flavour and new product development to culinary content for content marketing, social marketing and even recipe books.

The PR team has solid relationships not just with food writers, but will all major industry publications as well as celebrity chefs.

Our food photography studio creates stunning food images and our designers live and breathe retail design. Our interactive teams create AR and VR content, including voice content for the new breed of voice assistants like Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

Talk to us about food, we got you covered.

How much do your services cost? (7)

No. We don’t sell time, we sell marketing solutions that support a specific business objective.

This is how all of our work is costed.

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Marketing activations that are not linked to a business outcome are a waste of money. As a result, marketing planning is an important part of our work. The research and context that we build during this stage help us to ensure that your marketing budget is spent wisely.

But why do I need a marketing plan?

Imagine you’re building a house. A marketing plan is the equivalent of an architect’s blueprint.

So, how much does a marketing plan cost?

As with most of our work, the final cost depends on the complexity of the project.

  • A marketing plan for a small project, or a startup, will cost between $3,000 and $7,000.
  • A marketing plan for a national launch will cost between $8-25,000, depending on complexity.
  • An international project can cost from $25,000 upwards.

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Food packaging typically costs between $3000 and $8000 for the base design, then around 30% of that cost for individual SKUs.

I have a friend/spouse/kid who’s a graphic designer. He or she will do it much cheaper.

Every year, we have several new clients approach us with the same problem: A great product that is not selling as well as expected. Frequently, delisting is imminent and tens of thousands of dollars that were spent on development and listing fees are at risk.

70% of the time the culprit is packaging. It may be pretty but it’s often not optimized for retail. Our designers live and breathe retail and grocery stores, understanding planograms, shelf blocking and category conventions. As a result, our packaging design helps the product to sell itself, earning rather than wasting money on design cost and listing fees.

What factors will make this more expensive?

  • Complex food photography is required.
  • Complexity of packaging – you’re creating a custom solution.
  • You need support with nutrition labelling, health claims, etc.

What can be done to minimize expense?

  • Keep the packaging simple, using off the shelf and available resources.
  • Minimize the use of photography or original illustrations.
  • Know your ingredients and understand all labelling requirements.

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Like with most of our work, the cost of food photography increases as the complexity increases.

A simple overhead product shot on a white or solid colour background is less expensive than a recipe shot that needs full culinary development.

From the lowest to the highest, here are four examples of what prices typically are. Please note that these are guidelines only.

Option One

A basic shot of a product that needs no time from our culinary staff. Examples are bottled beverages or products that are ready to eat, like cookies or energy bars. Another example would be a simple shot for social use. The background will typically be one colour and the styling is minimal. Post production, i.e colour adjustment, is included. The cost for a shot like this is typically less than $500.

food photography for Everspring Farms
Packaging element for Everspring Farms sprouted grains baking mixes

Option Two

A simple styled food shot. The recipe will be supplied by the client, or the product is ready to eat. The product is prepared by our culinary staff and photographed using styling materials from our own library. Post-production includes retouching. The cost is around $750.

food photography for Seed to Sausage
Duck ravioli for Seed to Sausage

Option Three

A fully custom shot that includes original “from scratch” recipe development, writing and testing. Custom styling to match a specific brand persona that may include prop rental and the building of a custom set. Full post production and retouch. Expect the cost to be from $1500 upwards.
food photography for Redpath Sugar
A wedding cake developed for the Redpath Sugar Canadian Baking Book

Option Four

VR 360º photography resulting in a model that can be rotated in the browser or VR glasses. Contact us for a quote.

We shoot all our photography in-house, in a studio that is right next to our test kitchen. This keeps things affordable and accessible for our clients.

How can you keep the cost of food photography down?

Whether you’re a startup or need a series of images for social use, there are things you can do to reduce the cost of food photography.

These include:

    • Keep the images simple. The more styling is involved, the higher the cost.
    • Have your recipes ready and tested. If our culinary staff does not have to test your recipes, the cost of a shoot is lower.
    • Think about usage and what you’re trying to achieve. Very often, a simple image can be as effective as a complex shot.
    • Know what you want to achieve and communicate this clearly. Changes and re-shoots add to cost.

Can we help?

Questions or comments? Get in touch.

Creating a brand and a name for a food product will cost between $5,000 and $25,000, depending on the complexity of the project. International projects with significant research requirements can cost a multiple of this.

What kind of factors will make this kind of work more expensive?

  • Branding projects that need to work across multiple sub-brands – umbrella brands.
  • Inernational branding projects that need to work across multiple languages and/or cultures.
  • Projects that need extensive research into the markets they will be operating in.

What can be done to minimize expense?

  • You have existing research on your target market.
  • You have an umbrella brand that dictates parameters for a sub-brand.
  • You need a brand refresh, rather than development from scratch.

What is included?

  • We define your brand story and your brand archetype.
    based on this, we create a name based on the Nourish Food Brand naming matrix.
  • We create a graphical treatment that typically includes a logo as well as a colour and font palette for your food brand.
  • We document this for your reference and future use, from your website to your packaging.

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Social media management and content marketing services are typically charged as a monthly retainer. The minimum amount we need per month to create meaningful content, with a commitment for 12 months, is $5000. For multiple social accounts and specialty content that includes custom video production, the cost can be as high as $30,000-$40,000 per month.

That’s expensive, I can get that much cheaper elsewhere

We do not believe that you can purchase the same quality content we create for a lesser price. We don’t market to consumers, we create brand relevancy for people. This means that our clients win the race for attention in a world where low-quality, untested and sometimes plagiarised culinary content is commonplace.

Our social content is created by specialists. Our recipes, for example, are tested twice by our culinary staff and are guaranteed to work. They are also guaranteed to be plagiarism free. This kind of quality has created successes for our clients that include book publishing contracts and the removal of own-brand products by national retailers to be replaced by our client’s brand.

Our community management is done by food industry specialists. We are able to represent any food brand in a social environment not only with warmth and humanity but also with deep knowledge that allows us to share specialist information with the relevant audiences, taking on the role of mentor and teacher.

What factors will make this more expensive?

  • Multiple platforms
  • Complex communication requirements
  • Live events
  • Complexity of media, i.e original photography or videography

What can be done to minimize expense?

  • Concentrate on one or two social platforms
  • Use existing or stock imagery

Do you need more information?

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

In our experience, when we worked client-side, ad and marketing agencies hate talking about money.

They hate talking about it because it requires them to make a commitment and then stick to it. Instead, you’ll often get woolly language talking about how “every job is different” and how “we personalize each budget to client requirements”. Which is, more often than not, shorthand for “we will take as much as we can get”.

But here’s the truth: Business runs on money and we need budgets to do our work. Our work is to support our client’s business objectives through marketing planning and execution – say, add $200,000 in revenue for Q3 to a specific product line. At some point, we will need to talk about the money needed to achieve that outcome, so we may as well do this at the beginning.

Building a sustainable business

We aim to build a business that offers value to our clients tomorrow, next week and in years to come. In order to do this, we work hard to attract the brightest talent in the food and marketing industry. We pay our staff competitive salaries and offer them a career, not just a job. This translates into better work and better outcomes for our clients.

Aren’t we scared of the competition?

No. We don’t compete on price. We’re not trying to be the cheapest, we’re aiming to be the best.

We use our unrivalled expertise in food, beverage and agricultural marketing to create positive and sustainable business outcomes for our clients and, by extension, for our own business.

Need help? Want to chat? Drop us a line.

Nourish Food Marketing Toronto

201 Niagara Street
Toronto ON
M5V 1C9

Phone: +1 (647) 749-0439

General contact email: feedme@nourish.marketing

New Business Enquiries: Jo-Ann McArthur
+1 (416) 949-3817

Nourish Food Marketing Montreal

4388 Rue Saint-Denis
bureau 200 #2206
Montreal, QC
H2J 2L1

Phone: +1 (514) 613-6549

Nourish Food Marketing – Agribusiness

Ontario AgriCentre
100 Stone Rd West, Suite 304
Guelph, ON
N1G 5L3

Phone: +1(519) 341-4100

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