Part 2! What Makes Maple Ridge Farms Tick? [INFOGRAPH]

     

Listen in as eClaire speaks to some

of our key team members,

and find out what really happens

here on the “Farm”.

Read on to hear their insights:

 

What Makes Maple Ridge Farms Tick? [INFOGRAPH]

We wanted you to get to know us better!

So we had eClaire sit down with key members of the

Maple Ridge Farms team,

and ask them what really happens on the “Farm”. 

Read on to hear their insights:

How to Bring Spring – and Organization – Into Your Office

Spring is here!

When you live in a cold weather climate, the arrival of spring signals a fresh start. While January kicks off the calendar year, spring brings new ideas, big plans and a flurry of activity for you and your business. Business professionals everyone begin digging out from the winter doldrums and piles that have accumulated in their workspaces. Why does winter bring so much stuff?
Whatever the reason, it’s time for spring cleaning, and we’re here to help. You may not realize that we offer a full line of desk accessories to help you organize your space and work more efficiently. The best part? You can snack on the tasty treats included while you’re cleaning and organizing to help fuel your efforts. (Fact: Jelly beans increase your productivity.)

“Do you have a pen?”

It’s amazing how many pens you seem to have until you need one. Our sturdy Pen and Pencil Cups will serve as your go-to when you need to jot down a note, sign off on that order of delicious food gifts or pen a heartfelt thank you note to a deserving colleague. Whether you prefer American beech wood with a hand-rubbed oil finish (pictured above) or high quality faux leather, these writing instrument wranglers will be a welcome addition to any desk.

2 Case Studies: Food Sparks Continuing Education Events

In 2016 US Companies  spent 70.65 billion on continuing education.  The typical US worker receives 53.8 hours of training per year. Continuing education keeps employee’s up to date, skills fresh, and the company marketable.  At these events, you see promo swag galore.  Why?  We know the power of promotional products and how one tangible item will create a more memorable moment for the attendee, and a lasting reminder of the event.  Now tie that event with FOOD and leave them with a tasty thought for years to come!  Chocolate or a protein nut mix at your next seminar will provide instant energy and increase engagement levels.

Embrace the Spirit of March Madness in Your Business

It’s one of our favorite times of the year – March Madness! Sports fans or not, this is when office talk turns to brackets and analytics, match-ups and history, school pride and underdogs.

As a business owner or manager, don’t grumble about lost productivity. Embrace the spirit of March Madness to improve morale, increase productivity and build comradery among your team.

Get your March Madness party started with our Party Starter with Bamboo Cutting Board!

Gourmet Treats: Best Tradeshow Giveaways 2017!

Nothing draws the attention of tradeshow attendees more than the lure of food. Tradeshows can be a marathon event with energy expended walking the show floor and attending a multitude of events. The offer of a small, delicious treat will pull them in and revitalize their energy reserves. Once they’re in your booth, you will enjoy conversing with prospects about what you offer in products and services. You won’t have potential customers passing you by without as much as a glance when you offer them high quality, gourmet food items. And make sure to offer them one to go–having your logo imprinted on the food packaging leaves a lasting impression. When they indulge in the goodie later your company is brought to their mind again.

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Not to Brag… [INFOGRAPH]

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…but sometimes it’s justified!

Not to brag… but sometimes it’s justified.  Reflecting back on 2016, it occurred to us that we have a lot to celebrate here at Maple Ridge Farms!  So to share our excitement, we put together a short list of fun facts and accomplishments that help establish Maple Ridge Farms as one of the best in the promotional products industry.  Take a look at the info graph below.  Hint: Hover over various topics to explore more details and fun videos!

 

Self Promotion in the First Quarter: Make Food Work for You

The holidays are here and gone, and with them most clients’ thoughts of food gifts.  It doesn’t need to be that way, though!  Food gifts can have year-round applications, and featuring them in a first-quarter self promotion campaign is a great way to remind your clients of their versatility.

For the Love of Chocolate

Maple Ridge Farms understands our nation’s intense love affair with chocolate. If we ever stop appreciating this, our yearly

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” – Charles Shultz

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” – Charles Shultz

sales statistics quickly bring it back into focus. Our chocolate items are consistently among our top sellers. We decided to do a little searching to determine just what makes it such a hit!

Love of chocolate is nothing new. Known use of chocolate dates back to 1900 BC in Mesoamerica. Chocolate was introduced first in Spain, and then other European countries around 1600, and made its way to the United States around 1755. Once a culture embraced chocolate, its popularity invariably spread.

So what is really behind the lure of chocolate? A guilty pleasure, a moment of bliss in a sweet? When we’re sad and stressed, what do we do? Many of us resort to chocolate. Is there some scientific truth to the mood boosting ability of chocolate?

Put the Power of Food to Work for Your Organization

Food is a powerful tool. It gives us energy, powers our performance, and brings us together. People across the country and around the world are gathering around tables this holiday season to celebrate and put differences aside. Here’s how to continue to put the power of food to work for your organization the whole year through.

Get Fit

Do you want to encourage your organization to be healthier? Host a kickoff event to announce your new health and wellness program. Hand out healthier alternatives that still taste great, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, granola and nuts. Share easy-to-make, delicious recipes that incorporate nutritious options, and invite employees to make their favorite healthy dish at a potluck event. Reward progress and encourage participants to continue making good decisions by bringing healthy, delicious snacks into the office. Remember, investing in a healthier organization is a long-term commitment which contributes directly to your bottom line.
Resolve Differences

A successful organization resolves differences that come up during business. Perhaps you have two salespeople who don’t see eye-to-eye or departments that aren’t working well together. Bring them together during a meal and work to resolve any outstanding conflicts. When people eat together, it helps break down barriers and grudges, so you can work together towards a solution.
Celebrate and Improve

A team that achieves together should celebrate together. Reward team members who achieve key milestones and perform at a high level with celebratory meals. Talk about how you achieved these goals, and share best practices to encourage future performance. Remember to highlight every member’s contributions, including people in behind-the-scenes roles.

On the contrary, you won’t always achieve specific goals and meet expectations. When that happens, bring everyone together and discuss what happened. Ask team members to share what worked and what didn’t and offer suggestions for improvement. Don’t point fingers and place blame; work together to improve moving forward. Hosting this discussion around a table of delicious food or snacks should help ideas flow.
Recognize Teams and Individuals

Food is an excellent way to recognize everyone who contributed to an achievement. Meals and food gifts are perfect for groups to share and encourage people who work together to get to know each other better. Getting to know fellow team members and co-workers usually leads to improved performance. There’s just something about bringing a group together to work toward a common goal that’s powerful.

At the same time, it’s important to recognize individual contributions as well. In any group, there are leaders who move to the forefront, members who execute and implement your plans and out-of-sight worker bees who power the operation. Encourage all members to contribute by recognizing individuals as well as groups. Individual recognition helps reduce members who ‘ride on the coattails’ of their peers. Reward individual members by inviting them to lunch with their direct supervisor or team leader, so they can share their thoughts and feedback on team performance. This is especially powerful when you’re recognizing employees who perform in the background and may feel as if their voice isn’t being heard.
Host Company-Wide or Group Discussions

Do you need to discuss a topic as a company or group? Bring everyone together with food. There’s a reason why so many families discuss important events around the table; it’s a great place to host a group discussion. Hold a company-wide potluck or ask departments to meet over lunch to discuss proposed policy changes, suggest ideas to improve the culture or contribute to important company decisions. Your employees will feel like valued members of your organization and will appreciate that they’re being asked to contribute to important company decisions.

 

Enjoy the magic and wonder of the holiday season as you gather around tables and break bread with colleagues, family members and friends. Don’t forget about the power of food once the calendar turns to a New Year though. Continue to utilize food to motivate, incentivize and bring your organization together the whole year through.

 

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