Allison Ball is the founder of Allison Ball Consulting, specializing in operations and growth strategy for food businesses. She focuses on launching retail spaces by providing support from concept to creation, with a emphasis on hiring and management development, product assortment and merchandising, and creating operational systems.
Prior to launching Allison Ball Consulting, Allison was essential in the growth the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses, sourcing product and developing grocery staff for years at Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street, and then in the position of Head of Grocery and Store Manager at Bi-Rite Divisadero, building and managing a team and operations to support over half of the products in the store.
Since Bi-Rite Market, Allison has successfully opened several retail locations, working with a variety of clients ranging from non-profits, to small businesses, to James Beard nominated and award-winning chefs as they venture into retail. In addition, she consults with food producers, assisting them with business planning, product development and launch, and building wholesale accounts, and volunteers for several local food non-profits, including La Cocina, The Good Food Awards, and 18 Reasons.