innovfood20221231_10k.htm


UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-K

 


 

Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the fiscal year ended

December 31, 2022

 

OR

 

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

COMMISSION FILE NUMBER: 0-9376

 

INNOVATIVE FOOD HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

FLORIDA

20-1167761

(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

28411 Race Track Rd.

Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(239) 596-0204

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(B) OF THE ACT:

NONE

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(G) OF THE ACT:

COMMON STOCK, $0.0001 PAR VALUE PER SHARE

(Title of class)

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ☐

Accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer ☒

Smaller reporting company

 

Emerging Growth Company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

 

If securities are registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act, indicate by check mark whether the financial statements of the registrant included in the filing reflect the correction of an error to previously issued financial statements. ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether any of those error corrections are restatements that required a recovery analysis of incentive-based compensation received by any of the registrant’s executive officers during the relevant recovery period pursuant to §240.10D-1(b). ☐

 

Indicate by checkmark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No

 

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting stock held by non-affiliates was approximately $5,554,043 as of June 30, 2022, based upon a closing price of $0.24 per share for the registrant’s common stock on such date.

 

On March 28, 2023, a total of 48,756,694 shares of our common stock were outstanding.

 

 

 

INNOVATIVE FOOD HOLDINGS, INC.

 

INDEX TO ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K

 

 

PART I

PAGE

 

 

 

Item 1.

Business

5

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

9

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

N/A

Item 2.

Properties

17

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

17

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

18

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

 

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

19

Item 6.

Reserved

20

Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

20

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

N/A

Item 8.

Financial Statements

28

 

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (PCAOB ID Number 5036)

28

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

57

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

57

Item 9B.

Other Information

58

Item 9C.

Disclosures Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions That Prevent Inspections

58

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

 

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

59

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

63

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

67

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

68

Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

68

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

 

 

Item 15.

Exhibits

69

 

 

 

 

Signatures

72

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, there were many uncertainties regarding the current Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, including the scope of scientific and health issues, the anticipated duration of the pandemic, and the extent of local and worldwide social, political, and economic disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on many aspects of the operations of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”, “we,” “our” or “us”), directly and indirectly, including on consumer behavior, customer store traffic, production capabilities, timing of product availability, our people, and the market generally. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in regional quarantines, labor stoppages and shortages, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, mandatory or elective shut-downs of restaurants, retail locations and other public gatherings, disruptions to supply chains, including the inability of our suppliers and service providers to deliver materials and services on a timely basis, or at all, severe market volatility, liquidity disruptions, and overall economic instability, which, in many cases, have had adverse impacts on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

In light of the situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we took certain precautionary measures intended to help minimize the risk to our Company, employees, and customers, including the following:

 

We identified safety precautions that we implemented in our warehouses and offices From March 2020, and into 2022.

Although our warehouse continued to operate, we evaluated their operations in case we had to shut down their operations temporarily at any time in the future.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, we made the determination that COVID-19 possessed no continued serious risk to our employees and our business, and we returned to operating under pre-COVID-19 protocols.

 

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION

MAY PROVE INACCURATE

 

THIS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K CONTAINS CERTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION RELATING TO US THAT ARE BASED ON THE BELIEFS OF MANAGEMENT, AS WELL AS ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO US. WHEN USED IN THIS DOCUMENT, THE WORDS “ANTICIPATE,” “BELIEVE,” “ESTIMATE,” “SHOULD,” “MAY,” “COULD,” “PLAN,” AND “EXPECT” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS, AS THEY RELATE TO US, ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. SUCH STATEMENTS REFLECT OUR CURRENT VIEWS WITH RESPECT TO FUTURE EVENTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND ASSUMPTIONS, INCLUDING THOSE DESCRIBED IN THIS ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K. SHOULD ONE OR MORE OF THESE RISKS OR UNCERTAINTIES MATERIALIZE, OR SHOULD UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS PROVE INCORRECT, ACTUAL RESULTS MAY VARY MATERIALLY FROM THOSE DESCRIBED HEREIN AS ANTICIPATED, BELIEVED, ESTIMATED, PLANNED OR EXPECTED. WE DO NOT INTEND TO UPDATE THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS.

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

ITEM 1. Business

 

Our History

 

We (or “IVFH”(or the “Company”) were initially formed in June 1979 as Alpha Solarco Inc., a Colorado corporation. From June 1979 through February 2003, we were either inactive or involved in discontinued business ventures. We changed our name to Fiber Application Systems Technology, Ltd in February 2003. In January 2004, we changed our state of incorporation by merging into Innovative Food Holdings, Inc., a Florida corporation formed for that purpose. As a result of the merger, we changed our name to Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. In January 2004, we also acquired Food Innovations, Inc. (“FII” or “Food Innovations”), a Florida corporation.

 

On May 18, 2012, the Company executed a Stock Purchase Agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Artisan Specialty Foods, Inc., an Illinois corporation (“Artisan”).

 

On November 2, 2012, the Company entered into an asset purchase agreement whereby we acquired all existing assets of The Haley Group, LLC.

 

On June 30, 2014, pursuant to a purchase agreement, the Company purchased 100% of the membership interest of Organic Food Brokers, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company (“OFB”).

 

On August 15, 2014, pursuant to a merger agreement, the Company acquired The Fresh Diet, Inc. (“FD”). Effective February 23, 2016, the Company closed a transaction to sell 90% of its ownership in FD. There are no continuing cash inflows or outflows to or from FD.

 

Pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement dated as of January 1, 2017 the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Oasis Sales Corp. (“Oasis”), purchased substantially all of the assets of Oasis Sales and Marketing, LLC.

 

Effective January 24, 2018, pursuant to an asset acquisition agreement, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Innovative Gourmet LLC (“Innovative Gourmet”, “igourmet”), acquired substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of igourmet LLC and igourmet NY LLC, privately-held New York limited liability companies located in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (collectively, “Sellers”) engaged in the sale, marketing, and distribution of specialty food and specialty food items through www.igourmet.com, online marketplaces, additional direct-to-consumer platforms, distribution to foodservice, retail stores and other wholesale accounts, pursuant to the terms of an Asset Purchase Agreement.

 

Effective July 6, 2018, pursuant to an asset purchase agreement between Mouth Foods, Inc. (“Mouth”) and our wholly-owned subsidiary M Innovations LLC (“M Innovations”) (the “MFI APA”), the Company acquired certain assets of Mouth from MFI (assignment for the benefit of creditors), LLC, in connection with a Delaware assignment proceeding. Mouth, a privately held New York company operating out of Brooklyn, was an expert curator and online retailer of high quality specialty foods from small-batch makers in the US.

 

Effective July 23, 2019, through our subsidiary P Innovations LLC, we acquired certain assets of GBC Sub, Inc. (d/b/a The GiftBox) (“GiftBox”) (the “GiftBox Asset Purchase Agreement”). GiftBox, a privately held Nevada corporation controlled by David Polinsky, a director of the Company, was in the business of subscription-based ecommerce. The consideration for the assets purchased was a nominal amount of cash.

 

Our Operations

 

Our business is currently conducted by our wholly owned subsidiaries, some of which are non-operating, Artisan Specialty Foods, Inc. (“Artisan”), Food Innovations, Inc. (“FII”), Food New Media Group, Inc. (“FNM”), Organic Food Brokers, LLC (“OFB”), Gourmet Foodservice Group, Inc. (“GFG”), Gourmet Foodservice Group Warehouse, Inc. (“GFW”), Gourmeting, Inc. (“Gourmeting”), Haley Food Group, Inc. (“Haley”), Oasis Sales Corp. (“Oasis”), 4 The Gourmet, Inc. (d/b/a For The Gourmet, Inc.), (“Gourmet”), Innovative Food Properties LLC (“IFP”), Innovative Gourmet, LLC (“Innovative Gourmet” or “igourmet”), Food Funding, LLC (“Food Funding”), Logistics Innovations, LLC (“L Innovations”), M Innovations, LLC (“M Innovations” or “Mouth”), P Innovations, LLC (“P Innovations”), MI Foods, LLC (“MIF”), M Foods Innovations, LLC (“M Foods”), PlantBelly, LLC (“PlantBelly”), Innovative Foods, Inc. (“IFI”), Innovative Gourmet Partnerships, LLC (“IGP”) and Plant Innovations, Inc. (“Plant Innovations”), and collectively with IVFH and its other subsidiaries, the “Company” or “IVFH” have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. All material intercompany transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation of these entities.

 

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Overall, our business activities are focused around the creation and growth of platforms which provides distribution or the enabling of distribution of high quality, unique specialty food and food related products ranging from specialty foodservice products to Consumer-Packaged Goods (“CPG”) products through a variety of sales channels ranging from national partnership based and regionally based foodservice related sales channels to e-commerce sales channels offering products both direct to consumers (“D2C”) and direct to business (“B2B”). In our business model, we receive orders from our customers and then work closely with our suppliers and our warehouse facilities to have the orders fulfilled. In order to maintain freshness and quality, we carefully select our suppliers based upon, among other factors, their quality, uniqueness, reliability and access to overnight courier services. The Company’s new management is reviewing the Company’s operations with a view to increasing sales levels, profit margins, and overall profitability.

 

FII, through its relationship with the producers, growers, and makers of thousands of unique specialty foodservice products and through its relationship with US Foods, Inc. (“U.S. Foods” or “USF”), has been in the business of providing premium restaurants, within 24 – 72 hours, with the freshest origin-specific perishable, and healthcare products shipped directly from our network of vendors and from our warehouses. Our customers include restaurants, hotels, country clubs, national chain accounts, casinos, hospitals and catering houses.

 

For The Gourmet has been in the business of providing specialty food via e-commerce through its own website at www.forthegourmet.com and through other ecommerce channels, with unique specialty gourmet food products shipped directly from our network of vendors and from our warehouses within 24 – 72 hours. GFG is focused on expanding the Company’s program offerings to additional customers.

 

Artisan is a supplier of over 1,500 unique specialty foodservice products to over 500 customers such as chefs, restaurants, etc. in the Greater Chicago area and serves as a national fulfillment center for certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries.

 

IFP was formed to hold the Company’s real estate holdings including the recently acquired facility in PA.

 

P Innovations’ focus is to leverage acquired assets to expand the Company’s subscription-based e-commerce business activities.

 

Plant Innovations is focused on plant-based D2C brands and online retail within the e-commerce space.

 

L Innovations provides 3rd party warehouse and fulfillment services, out of its first location at the Company’s Mountaintop, Pennsylvania facility.

 

Haley is a dedicated foodservice consulting and advisory firm that works closely with companies to access private label and manufacturers’ private label food service opportunities with the intent of helping them launch and commercialize new products in the broadline foodservice industry and assists in the enabling of the distribution of products via national broadline food distributors.

 

OFB and Oasis function as outsourced national sales and brand management teams for emerging organic and specialty food CPG companies of a variety of sizes and business stages and provides emerging and unique CPG specialty food brands with distribution and shelf placement access in all of the major metro markets in the food retail industry.

 

igourmet has been in the business of providing D2C specialty food via e-commerce through its own website at www.igourmet.com and through other channels including www.amazon.com, and www.walmart.com. In addition, igourmet.com offers a line of B2B specialty foodservice items. Products are primarily shipped directly from igourmet.com’s approximately 100,000 square feet warehouse in Pennsylvania via igourmet.com owned trucks and via third party carrier directly to thousands of customers nationwide.

 

Mouth (www.mouth.com) is an online retailer of specialty foods, monthly subscription boxes and curated gift boxes to thousands of consumers and corporate customers nationwide. Mouth sources high quality specialty foods mainly crafted in the US by independent and small batch makers, and expertly curates them into standout food gifts for both consumers and corporate customers. Mouth also has launched a private label brand, including several award-winning products.

 

Our Products

 

We distribute over 7,000 perishable and specialty food and food related products, including origin-specific seafood, domestic and imported meats, exotic game and poultry, artisanal cheeses, freshly prepared meals, caviar, wild and cultivated mushrooms, micro-greens, organic farmed and manufactured food products, estate-bottled olive oils and aged vinegars and expertly curated food gift baskets, gift boxes and a full of line of food subscription based offerings. Products are sold under the brand of the respective vendor and are also offered under a variety of Company owned brands. In addition, we offer a line of niche specialty healthcare related products. On a regular basis we add additional products including new products from small batch makers and other unique specialty food products. We offer our nationwide customers access to the best food products available from around the world, quickly, most direct, and cost-effectively.

 

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Some of the items we sell include:

 

Seafood - Alaskan wild king salmon, Hawaiian sashimi-grade ahi tuna, Gulf of Mexico day-boat snapper, Chesapeake Bay soft shell crabs, New England live lobsters, Japanese Hamachi

 

 

Meat & Game - Prime rib of American kurobuta pork, dry-aged buffalo tenderloin, domestic lamb, Cervena venison, elk tenderloin

 

 

Produce - White asparagus, baby carrot tri-color mix, Oregon wild ramps, heirloom tomatoes

 

 

Poultry - Grade A foie gras, Hudson Valley quail, free range and organic chicken, airline breast of pheasant

 

 

Specialty - Truffle oils, fennel pollen, prosciutto di Parma, wild boar sausage

 

 

Mushrooms - Fresh morels, Trumpet Royale, porcini powder, wild golden chanterelles

 

 

Cheese - Maytag blue, buffalo mozzarella, Spanish manchego, Italian gorgonzola dolce

 

Customer Service and Logistics

 

Our foodservice focused, live chef-driven customer service department is generally available by telephone Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Florida time. Our consumer-focused multi-lingual, customer care specialists are available by live chat and telephone Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7:00 pm (ET), and on Friday from 9:00 am to 5 pm (ET). Our team is available and can be contacted 7 days a week via email and on social media platforms. The customer service departments are made up of a team of chefs and culinary experts, including a team of culinary trained chefs, who are full-time employees of the Company, and who are experienced in all aspects of perishable and specialty products. By employing chefs and culinary experts to handle customer service, we are able to provide our customers with extensive information about our products, including:

 

Flavor profile and eating qualities

 

 

Recipe and usage ideas

 

 

Origin, seasonality, and availability

 

 

Cross utilization ideas and complementary uses of products

 

Our logistics team manages the shipping and delivery process of every package to ensure timely delivery of products to our customers. We have developed the web-based capability to allow customers to seamlessly receive and send personal orders and gifts according to their desired schedule. The logistics manager receives shipping information on all products ordered, and packages are monitored from origin to delivery. In the event that delivery service is interrupted, our logistics department begins the process of expediting the package to its destination or potentially reshipping the package with a goal of 100% customer satisfaction for our customers. Our logistics manager works directly with our suppliers on an ongoing basis, to ensure that the appropriate packaging and shipping specifications are in place at all times. At the beginning of March 2020, as early signs were beginning to emerge that Covid-19 might potentially be a significant issue in the United states, we initiated additional preventative safety measures in our facilities and we continued adding additional preventative safety measures including protective gear for employees, temperature testing, ongoing onsite team of cleaning and sanitizing specialists, social distancing, special no contact package handling protocols. While we continue to assess and modify as appropriate, measures targeted towards the safety of our employees and the safety of our facilities and our products, as of December 31, 2022, we have returned to our pre-COVID-19 protocols.

 

Relationship with U.S. Foods

 

We have historically sold the majority of our products, $39,531,207 and $28,415,263, respectively, representing 49% and 46% of total sales, respectively, in each of the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, through a distributor relationship between FII, one of our wholly-owned subsidiaries, and subsidiaries of U.S. Foods, a leading broadline distributor. On January 26, 2015 we executed a contract directly between FII and U.S. Foods (the “U.S. Foods Agreement”). The term of the U.S. Foods Agreement was from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 and provided for a limited number of automatic annual renewals thereafter if no party gives the other 30 days’ notice of its intent not to renew. Based on the terms, the U.S. Foods Agreement was extended through December 31, 2018. Effective January 1, 2018 the U.S. Foods Agreement was further amended to remove the cap on renewals, and provide for an unlimited number of additional 12-month terms unless either party notifies the other in writing, 30 days prior to the end date, of its intent not to renew.

 

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Growth Strategy

 

To drive growth within the specialty food space, we intend to focus our efforts in demand driven active sales channels and leverage our ability to offer our products across multiple selling channels including to professional chefs within the restaurant channel as well as directly to consumers at home via ecommerce. We expect to continue offering unique and premium quality products as well as new product introduction and innovation to our customers and potential customers. In addition, we plan on continuing to value and strive for a high level of personalized customer service.

 

We anticipate attempting to grow our business through:

 

 

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Introduction of new products, suppliers, and food trends to customers across all of our sales channels.

 

 

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Increased ecommerce conversion rates by improving the shopping experience on our website.

 

 

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Growth in the number of unique visitors to our various ecommerce sites.

 

 

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Maximize sales of current product catalog to our existing customers and potential new customers.

 

 

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Expansion of availability of branded products and new brands which are consistent with the changing demands of customers in the U.S.

 

 

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Leveraging igourmet.com and mouth.com toward further expansion of our sales and distribution channels either organically or through acquisition.

 

 

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Leveraging our platforms to partner, build and/or acquire both foodservice brands and other consumer oriented entities and consumer brands such as D2C digitally native brands including stand alone brands and online retailer brands.

 

In addition to attempting to grow our current business, we believe that there are lateral opportunities in the food industry and related markets. We may consider the possibility of acquiring specialty food manufacturers, specialty food distributors, small specialty food brands especially digitally native D2C brands, or e-commerce retailers and other business. We anticipate that, given our current cash flow levels, any acquisition could potentially involve the issuance of additional shares of our common stock or third party financing, which may not be available on acceptable terms. No acquisition will be consummated without thorough due diligence. No assurance can be given that we will be able to identify and successfully conclude negotiations with any potential target.

 

The Company’s new management is reviewing the Company’s operations with a view to increasing sales levels, profit margins, and overall profitability.

 

Competition

 

While we face intense competition in the marketing of our products and services, it is our belief that there are few companies offering a platform similar to ours, which include expansive backend and front end capabilities in both ecommerce and foodservice in addition there are few companies offering a broad range of customer service oriented, quality, chef driven products and specialty gourmet products, for nationwide delivery from same day, depending on market location to 72 hours. Our primary competition is from local purveyors that supply a limited local market and have a limited range of products and from the other specialty gourmet distributors and specialty food retail stores or ecommerce stores, and from the national, regional or local expansion of specialty and non-specialty food distributers and food stores and food focused ecommerce sites. In addition, many purveyors are well established, have reputations for success in the development and marketing of these types of products and services and have significantly greater financial, marketing, distribution, personnel and other resources. These financial and other capabilities permit such companies to implement extensive advertising and promotional campaigns, both generally and in response to efforts by additional competitors such as us, to enter into new markets and introduce new products and services.

 

Insurance

 

We maintain a Business Owners Policy with a general liability per occurrence limit of $1,000,000 and aggregate policy covering $2,000,000 of liability for all entities. The Company carries an Auto Policy with non-owned automobile bodily injury and property damage coverage with a limit of $1,000,000 for all entities. The Company also carries an Umbrella policy of up to $14,000,000 which covers all entities, along with two excess umbrella policies that sit over the BOP and Umbrella policies. The excess umbrella policies have limits of $5,000,000 and $6,000,000. The Company carries a Cyber policy of up to $2,000,000 which insures the Company and its subsidiaries. The Company carries two Commercial Property Policies, for its buildings in PA and FL, with a limit of up to $12,490,000 for PA and a limit of up to $1,630,000 for FL. Such insurance may not be sufficient to cover all potential claims against us and additional insurance may not be available in the future at a reasonable price.

 

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Government Regulation

 

Various federal and state laws currently exist, and more are sure to be adopted, regulating the delivery of fresh food products. We require specialty foodservice third-party vendors to certify that they maintain at least $3,000,000 liability insurance coverage in aggregate and compliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), an FDA- and USDA-mandated food safety program, or a similar standard. Any changes in the government regulation of delivering of fresh food products that hinders our current ability and/or cost to deliver fresh products, could adversely impact our net revenues and gross margins and, therefore, our profitability and cash flows could also be adversely affected.

 

Employees

 

We currently employ 128 full-time employees, including 7 chefs and 2 executive officers. We believe that our relations with our employees are satisfactory. None of our employees are represented by a union.

 

Transactions with Major Customers

 

Transactions with a major customer and related economic dependence information is set forth (1) following our discussion of Liquidity and Capital Resources, (2) Under the heading Major Customer in Note 18 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, (3) in Business – Relationship with U.S. Foods, (4) as the third item under Risk Factors.

 

How to Contact Us

 

Our executive offices are located at 28411 Race Track Rd., Bonita Springs, Florida 34135; our Internet address is www.ivfh.com; and our telephone number is (239) 596-0204. The contents of our website are not incorporated in or deemed to be a part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

 

We face risks related to health epidemics and other widespread outbreaks of contagious disease, which could significantly disrupt our sales and supply chain and impact our operating results.

 

Significant outbreaks of contagious diseases, and other adverse public health developments, could have a material impact on our business operations and operating results. In December 2019, a strain of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causing respiratory illness and death emerged in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. The coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and spread throughout the world, including the United States, resulting in emergency measures such as travel bans, closure of retail stores, and restrictions on gatherings of more than a maximum number of people. Included in these emergency measures is the mandated full or partial closure of restaurants and other foodservice establishments across the United States. These foodservice establishments represent a significant portion of our revenues and their continued closure and/or operation with capacity limits would likely continue to have a detrimental effect on our business.

 

We believe the risks associated with COVID-19 have significantly diminished during the year ended December 31, 2022. However, the risk of future contagious disease outbreaks remains a significant risk factor for us which could result in economic turmoil. Should a recession occur, either as a result of a pandemic, lack of stability, armed conflicts in various countries or for any other reason, we can expect that our sales, net income and cash flows will be negatively impacted.

 

We Have a History of Losses Requiring Us to Seek Additional Sources of Capital.

 

As of December 31, 2022, we had an accumulated deficit of $34,466,126. We cannot assure you that we can achieve profitability on a quarterly or annual basis in the future. If revenues grow more slowly than we anticipate, or if operating expenses exceed our expectations or cannot be adjusted accordingly, or other extraordinary events occur, we will incur losses. Our possible success is dependent upon the successful development and marketing of our services and products, as well as continued expansion of our products and customers, as to which we can give no assurance. Any future success that we might enjoy will depend upon many factors, including factors out of our control or which cannot be predicted at this time. These factors may include changes in or increased levels of competition, including the entry of additional competitors and increased success by existing competitors, changes in general economic conditions, increases in operating costs, including costs of supplies, personnel, marketing and promotions, reduced margins caused by competitive pressures and other economic and non-economic factors. These conditions may have a materially adverse effect upon us or may force us to curtail operations. In addition, we could require additional funds to sustain and expand our sales and marketing activities, particularly if a well-financed competitor emerges. We can give no assurance that financing will be available in amounts or on terms acceptable to us, if at all. Our inability in such instance to obtain sufficient funds from our operations or external sources could require us to curtail operations.

 

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We Have Historically Derived Substantially Most of Our Revenue From One Client and if We Were to Lose Such Client and Be Unable to Generate New Sales to Offset Such Loss, We May Be Forced to Cease or Curtail Our Operations.

 

In 2003, Next Day Gourmet initially contracted with our subsidiary, Food Innovations, to handle the distribution of over 3,000 perishable and specialty food products to customers of USF. Effective January 1, 2018, we executed a contract amendment between Food Innovations, Inc., our wholly-owned subsidiary, and U.S. Foods which provides for no limit on automatic annual renewals thereafter if no party gives the other 30 days’ notice of its intent not to renew. Our sales through USF’s sales force generated gross revenues for us of $39,531,207 in the year ended December 31, 2022, and $28,415,263 in the year ended December 31, 2021. Those amounts contributed 49% and 46% of our total sales for each of 2022 and 2021, respectively. Our sales efforts within specialty foodservice are for the most part substantially dependent upon the efforts of the USF sales force. Although we have generated revenues from additional customers other than USF, if our relationship with USF were to be materially changed and we are unable to generate substantial new sales to offset such loss, we may be forced to significantly curtail our operations.

 

A Variety of Factors, Including Seasonality and the Economic Environment, May Cause Our Quarterly Operating Results to Fluctuate, Leading to Volatility in Our Stock Price.

 

Our quarterly results have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate in the future, depending upon a variety of factors, including changes in economic conditions, including both COVID-19 related and non-related conditions, and shifts in the timing of holiday related purchases. While our annual sales have always had a significant seasonal aspect, this has increased with our acquisition of substantially all of the assets of igourmet LLC and Mouth Foods, Inc, as further described below. As a result of the seasonal nature of our business, we would be significantly and adversely affected, in a manner disproportionate to the impact on a company with sales spread more evenly throughout the year, by unforeseen events such as a terrorist attack or economic shock (including shock caused by world-wide pandemic or otherwise) that harm the retail environment or consumer buying patterns during our key selling season, or by events such as pandemic, strikes or weather related delays that interfere with the shipment of goods, during the critical period of the holiday season.

 

The Loss of Availability of our Bank Loans Could Adversely Impact our Business and Financial Condition.

 

We currently have multiple loans with MapleMark Bank. All of these contain cross-default provisions which means that all outstanding borrowings can be accelerated and can become immediately due and payable in the event of a default in any of such loans, which includes, among other things, failure to comply with certain financial covenants or breach of representations contained in the loan documents, defaults under other loans or obligations or involvement in bankruptcy proceedings (as such terms are defined in the loan documents). We are also subject to negative covenants which, during the life of the loans, prohibit and/or limit us from, among other things, incurring certain types of other debt, acquiring other companies, making certain expenditures or investments, and changing the character of our business. Any material change to the business and economic landscape negatively impacting our business, including among other things, an outbreak of infectious disease, a pandemic or a similar public health threat, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, or bank failures, inflation, recession, or other significant economic turmoil, could adversely impact our ability to comply with such covenants. Our failure to comply with such covenants or any other breach of the loan documents could cause a default and we may then be required to repay all of such borrowings with capital from other sources. Under these circumstances, other sources of capital may not be available or may be available only on unfavorable terms. In the event of a default, it is possible that our assets and certain of our subsidiaries’ assets may be attached or seized by the lenders. Any (i) failure by us to comply with the covenants or other provisions of the loan documents, (ii) difficulty in securing any required future financing, or (iii) any such seizure or attachment of assets could have a material adverse effect on our business and financial condition.

 

The Acquisition of Substantially All of the Assets of igourmet LLC and Mouth Foods, Inc. Could Create Additional Risks to Our Business.

 

On January 23, 2018, our subsidiary, Innovative Gourmet LLC, acquired substantially all of the assets of igourmet, LLC. On July 6, 2018, our subsidiary, M Innovations LLC, acquired substantially all of assets of Mouth Foods, Inc. These businesses are very seasonal in nature, which generates certain operational considerations and could exacerbate the seasonality of our business. To wit, if igourmet or Mouth does not have a strong holiday season, it likely will not be successful. In addition, while our subsidiary acquired only certain discrete liabilities of igourmet LLC, creditors of igourmet or Mouth may seek to impose liability on us or our subsidiaries, the payment of which, if required, could impair our cash flow and even if there may be no actual liability or responsibility to pay such claims, our challenge to such claims could involve significant legal fees and be a distraction to our management. The business model of the assets acquired from igourmet LLC and Mouth differ from our other businesses and operations, and therefore the success of its operations and its business model may create unforeseen complications requiring the use of our limited resources to resolve.

 

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Computer System Disruption and Cyber Security Attacks or a Data Breach Could Damage Our Relationships With Our Customers, Harm Our Reputation, Expose Us To Litigation And Adversely Affect Our Business.

 

Our systems are subject to damage or interruption from computer viruses, malicious attacks and other security breaches. The possibility of a cyberattack on any one or all of these systems is a serious threat.

 

As part of our business model, we collect, retain, and transmit confidential information over public networks. In addition to our own databases, we use third party service providers to store, process and transmit this information on our behalf. Although we contractually require these service providers to implement and use reasonable security measures, we cannot control third parties and cannot guarantee that a security breach will not occur in the future either at their location or within their systems. We have confidential security measures in place to protect both our physical facilities and digital systems from attacks. Despite these efforts, we may be vulnerable to targeted or random security breaches, acts of vandalism, computer viruses, misplaced or lost data, programming and/or human errors, or other similar events.

 

Given the growing nature of our e-commerce presence and digital strategy, it is imperative that we and our partners maintain uninterrupted and secure operation of our: (i) computer hardware, (ii) software systems, (iii) customer marketing databases and other customer information, and (iv) ability to email our current and potential customers.

 

If our systems are damaged or fail to function properly or reliably, we may incur substantial repair or replacement costs, experience data loss or theft and impediments to our ability to conduct our operations. Any material disruptions in our e-commerce presence or information technology systems could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

A Failure to Establish and Maintain Strategic Online and Social Media Relationships, and Other Relationships Targeted Towards Driving Web Traffic to our Websites, that Generate a Significant Amount of Traffic Could Limit the Growth of the Assets Acquired from igourmet LLC and Mouth Foods Inc.

 

We rely on third party websites, search engines and affiliates with which we have strategic relationships for traffic. If these third parties do not attract a significant number of visitors, we may not receive a significant number of online customers from these relationships and our revenues from these relationships may remain flat or decrease. There continues to be strong competition to establish or maintain relationships with leading Internet companies, and we may not successfully enter into additional relationships, or renew existing ones beyond their current terms. We may also be required to pay significant fees to maintain and expand existing relationships or possibly not achieve the desired results with existing relationships. Our online revenues may suffer if we do not enter into new relationships or maintain existing relationships or if these relationships do not result in traffic sufficient to justify their costs.

 

If a Significant Number of Customers are not Satisfied with their Purchase, We will be Required to Incur Substantial Costs to Issue Refunds, Credits or Replacement Products.

 

If customers are not satisfied with the products they receive, we may either replace the product for the customer or issue the customer a refund or credit. Ours net income would decrease if a significant number of customers request replacement products, refunds or credits and we are unable to pass such costs onto the supplier.

 

If We Fail to Continuously Improve Our Website, it May Not Attract or Retain Customers.

 

If potential or existing customers do not find our websites including www.igourmet.com, www.mouth.com or any of the company’s other websites, a convenient place to shop, we may not attract or retain customers and our sales may suffer. To encourage the use of our website, we must continuously improve its accessibility, mobile capabilities, content and ease of use. In addition, customer traffic and our business would be adversely affected if competitors’ websites are perceived as easier to use or better able to satisfy customer needs. Furthermore, e-commerce conversion rates could be adversely affected by a variety of website related factors.

 

Our Marketing Efforts to Help Grow Our Business May Not be Effective.

 

Maintaining and promoting awareness of our websites, including www.igourmet.com and www.mouth.com , is important to our ability to attract and retain visitors. Generating a meaningful return on our investments in marketing initiatives may be difficult. The marketing efforts we implement may not succeed for a variety of reasons, including our inability to execute and implement our plans. External factors beyond our control may also impact the success of our marketing initiatives. Search engines frequently change the algorithms that determine the ranking and display of results of a user’s search and may make other changes to the way results are displayed, which can negatively affect the placement of links to our websites and, therefore, reduce the number of visits to our websites.

 

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The growing use of online ad-blocking software, including on mobile devices, may also impact the success of our marketing efforts because we may reach a smaller audience and fail to bring more visitors to our websites. In addition, ongoing privacy regulatory changes may impact the scope and effectiveness of marketing and advertising services generally, including those used related to our websites. We also seek to obtain website visitors through email. If we are unable to successfully deliver emails to potential customers or customers do not open our emails, whether by choice or because those emails are marked as low priority or spam, or for other reasons, our business could be adversely affected. Social networking websites, such as Facebook and others are another source of visits to our websites. As ecommerce and social networking evolve, we must continue to evolve our marketing tactics accordingly and, if we are unable to do so, our business could be adversely affected.

 

If We Do Not Accurately Predict Customer Demand for Our Products, We May Lose Customers or Experience Increased Costs.

 

As we expand the volume of products offered to our customers, we may be required or may elect for business purposes, to increase inventory levels and the number of products maintained in our warehouses. If we overestimate customer demand for our products, excess inventory and outdated merchandise could accumulate, tying up working capital and potentially resulting in reduced warehouse capacity and inventory losses due to damage, theft and obsolescence. If we underestimate customer demand, it may disappoint customers who may turn to our competitors.

 

The Laws with Respect to Taxes Have Changed and May Change Again Which Could Impact Our Operating Results.

 

The U.S. Congress has enacted legislation that significantly reforms the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The new legislation, among other things, includes changes to U.S. federal tax rates, imposes significant additional limitations on the deductibility of interest and net operating losses, and allows for the expensing of certain capital expenditures. Our net deferred tax assets and liabilities will be revalued at the newly enacted U.S. corporate rate, and the impact will be recognized in our tax expense in the year of enactment. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable in the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. It is possible that the application of these new rules may have a material and adverse impact on our operating results, cash flows and financial condition. Furthermore, the recent Supreme Court Ruling in South Dakota V. Wayfair, Inc, in which the Court upheld South Dakota’s economic nexus law, which requires companies to collect sales tax when their sales or the number of transactions within the state exceed certain thresholds. could have an adverse impact on our business. In addition, any other changes to applicable tax laws, whether on a federal or state level, could also decrease our ability to compete with traditional retailers, and otherwise harm our business.

 

If We Fail to Attract and Retain Key Personnel, Our Business and Operating Results May be Harmed.

 

Our future success depends to a significant degree on the skills, experience and efforts of key personnel in our senior management, whose vision for our company, knowledge of our business and expertise would be difficult to replace. If any one of our key employees leaves, is unable to work, or fails to perform and we are unable to find a qualified replacement, we may be unable to execute our business strategy.

 

We May Be Unable to Manage Our Growth Which Could Result in Our Being Unable to Maintain Our Operations.

 

Our strategy for growth is focused on continued enhancements and expansion to our existing business model, offering a broader range of services and products, affiliating with additional vendors and through possible joint ventures. Pursuing this strategy presents a variety of challenges. We may not experience an increase in our services to our existing customers, and we may not be able to achieve the economies of scale, or provide the business, administrative and financial services, required to sustain profitability from servicing our existing and future customer base. Should we be successful in our expansion efforts, the expansion of our business would place further demands on our management, operational capacity and financial resources. To a significant extent, our future success will be dependent upon our ability to maintain adequate financial controls and reporting systems to manage a larger operation and to obtain additional capital upon favorable terms. We can give no assurance that we will be able to successfully implement our planned expansion (whether due to the impact of COVID-19, difficult economic conditions, or other unrelated reasons), finance its growth, or manage the resulting larger operations, if any. In addition, we can give no assurance that our current systems, procedures or controls will be adequate to support any expansion of our operations. Our failure to manage our growth effectively could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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The Specialty Food and Foodservice Industry is Very Competitive, Which May Result in Decreased Revenue for Us as Well as Increased Expenses Associated with Marketing Our Services and Products.

 

The specialty food and foodservice businesses are highly competitive. We compete against other providers of quality foods, some of which sell their services globally, and some of these providers have considerably greater resources than we have. These competitors may have greater marketing and sales capacity, established distribution networks, significant goodwill and global name recognition. Our e-commerce and product catalog websites and paper mailings compete with other e-commerce websites and other catalogs, and other specialty foodservice providers that market lines of products similar to ours. We compete with national, regional and local businesses utilizing a similar strategy, as well as traditional specialty food and foodservice distributors. The substantial sales growth in the direct-to-customer industry within the last decade has encouraged the entry of many new competitors, new business models, and an increase in competition from established companies. Furthermore, it may become necessary for us to reduce our prices in response to competition. This could negatively impact our ability to be profitable.

 

We Rely Upon Outside Vendors and Shippers for Our Specialty Food Products and Interruption in the Supply of Our Products or their Failure to Adhere to Our Quality Standards May Negatively Impact Our Revenues.

 

Shortages in supplies of the food products we sell may impair our ability to provide our services. Our vendors are independent and we cannot guarantee their future ability to source the products that we sell. Many of our products are wild-caught, and we cannot guarantee their availability in the future. Unforeseen strikes and labor disputes as well as adverse weather conditions may result in our inability to deliver our products in a timely manner. Also, if our suppliers fail to supply quality product in a timely and effective manner it could lead to an increase in recalls and customer litigation against us which could harm our brands’ images and negatively affect our business and operating results. The success of our business depends, in part, on our ability to timely and effectively deliver merchandise (e.g. fresh products) to our customers. We cannot control all of the various factors that might affect our fulfillment rates in direct-to-customer sales. We are heavily dependent upon one national carrier for the delivery of our fresh products to our customers. Accordingly, we are subject to risks, including labor disputes, union organizing activity, inclement weather, technology breakdowns, natural disasters, the closure of their offices or a reduction in operational hours due to an economic slowdown or health related crisis, possible acts of terrorism, their ability to provide delivery services to meet our shipping needs, disruptions or increased fuel costs, and costs associated with any regulations to address climate change. Since our customers rely on us to deliver their orders daily or within 24-72 hours, delivery delays could significantly harm our business.

 

In Order to be Successful, We Must be able to Enhance Our Existing Products and Develop and Introduce New Products and Services to Respond to Changing Market Demand.

 

The markets in which we operate are characterized by frequently changing customer demand and the introduction of new “flavors of the month” as certain foods become more and less popular. Changes in customer preferences and buying trends may also affect our products differently. We must be able to stay current with preferences and trends in specialty food and address the customer tastes for each of our target customer demographics. We must also be able to identify and adjust products to cater to customer demands and dietary needs. For example, a change in customer preferences for gluten free items may not correlate to a similar change in buying trends for other specialty food. In order to be successful, we must be able to enhance our existing products and anticipate and develop and introduce new products and services to respond to changing market demand for new tastes. The development and enhancement of services and products entails significant risks, including:

 

o the inability to effectively adapt new food types to our business;

 

o the failure to conform our services and products to evolving industry standards;

 

o the inability to develop, introduce and market enhancements to our existing services and products or new services and products on a timely basis; and

 

o the non-acceptance by the market of such new service and products.

 

If we misjudge either the market for our products or our customers’ purchasing habits, our sales may decline significantly which would negatively impact our business and operating results.

 

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Any Acquisitions We Make or Have Made Could Result in Difficulties in Successfully Managing Our Business and Consequently Harm Our Financial Condition.

 

We seek to expand by acquiring complementary businesses or assets in our current or ancillary markets. We cannot accurately predict the timing, size and success of our acquisition efforts and the associated capital commitments that might be required. We expect to face competition for acquisition candidates, which may limit the number of acquisition opportunities available to us and may lead to higher acquisition prices. There can be no assurance that we will be able to identify, acquire or profitably manage additional businesses or successfully integrate acquired businesses, if any, without substantial costs, delays or other operational or financial difficulties. In addition, acquisitions involve a number of other risks, including:

 

failure of the acquired businesses or assets acquired to achieve expected results;

   

failure to integrate acquired business or assets into current operations

   

diversion of management’s attention and resources to acquisitions;

   

failure to retain key customers or personnel of the acquired businesses or assets;

   

disappointing quality or functionality of acquired equipment and people; and

   

risks associated with unanticipated events, liabilities or contingencies.

 

Client dissatisfaction or performance problems at a single acquired business could negatively affect our reputation. The inability to acquire businesses on reasonable terms or successfully integrate and manage acquired companies, or the occurrence of performance problems at acquired companies, both prior and after acquisition, could result, or has resulted, in dilution, potential violations of bank covenants, unfavorable accounting treatment or one-time charges, and difficulties in successfully managing our business, requiring us to expend additional effort and expense in obtaining waivers, settling matters and otherwise addressing any such issues.

 

Our Future Results Depend on Continued Evolution of the Internet and its Use by Consumers and Businesses for Buying Our Products.

 

Our future results can depend on the use of the Internet for information, publication, distribution and commerce. Our growth may also be dependent on increasing availability to business consumers of broadband Internet access which will allow such persons to access higher-capacity content through the Internet. Our business could suffer if Internet usage and broadband availability does not continue to grow and evolve. In addition, the concept of ordering food, including ingredients, while it has recently grown, is a relatively new concept and represents a change from the way it had been previously done.

 

If We are Unable to Effectively Manage Our IT Dependent Business Our Reputation and Operating Results May be Harmed.

 

The success of our business depends, in part, on third parties and factors over which we have limited control. We are also vulnerable to certain additional risks and uncertainties associated with our e-commerce and product catalog websites, our internal IT systems and IT integration with our partners, including: changes in required technology interfaces; system issues and limitations, website downtime and other technical failures; internet connectivity issues; costs and technical issues as we upgrade our website software; computer viruses; changes in applicable federal and state regulations; security breaches; and consumer privacy concerns. In addition, we must keep up to date with competitive technology trends, including the use of new or improved technology, creative user interfaces and other e-commerce marketing tools such as paid search and mobile applications, among others, which may increase our costs and which may not succeed in increasing sales or attracting customers. Our failure to successfully respond to these risks and uncertainties might adversely affect our sales, as well as damage our reputation and brands.

 

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We May be Exposed to Risks and Costs Associated with Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft that could Cause Us to Incur Unexpected Expenses and Loss of Revenue.

 

An increasing portion of our customer orders are placed through our e-commerce websites and a significant portion of our orders are submitted via networked applications. In addition, a significant portion of sales made through our retail channel require the collection of certain customer data, such as credit card information. In order for our sales channels to function and develop successfully, we and other parties involved in processing customer transactions must be able to transmit confidential information, including credit card information, securely over public networks. Third parties may have the technology or knowledge to breach the security of customer transaction data. Although we take the security of our systems and the privacy of our customers’ confidential information extremely seriously, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will effectively prevent others from obtaining unauthorized access to our information and our customers’ information. Any person who circumvents our security measures could destroy or steal valuable information or disrupt our operations. Any security breach could cause consumers to lose confidence in the security of our websites and choose not to purchase from us. Any security breach could also expose us to risks of data loss, litigation and liability and could seriously disrupt our operations and harm our reputation, any of which could harm our business.

 

In addition, states and the federal government are increasingly enacting laws and regulations to protect consumers against identity theft. Compliance with these laws will likely increase the costs of doing business and, if we fail to implement appropriate safeguards or to detect and provide prompt notice of unauthorized access as required by some of these new laws, we could be subject to potential claims for damages and other remedies, which could harm our results of operations.

 

Earthquakes, Inclement Weather or Other Events Out of Our Control May Damage or Limit Production from Our Facilities and Our Ability to Timely Deliver Products Thereby Adversely Affecting Our Results of Operations.

 

We have significant operations in Florida, Illinois, and in other areas where weather or other events such as an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, flood, fire, high winds, extreme heat or cold, or other natural or manmade events, could disrupt our operations and impair production or distribution of our products, damage inventory, interrupt critical functions, or otherwise affect our business negatively, adversely affecting our results of operations.

 

Declines in General Economic Conditions and the Resulting Impact on Consumer Confidence and Consumer Spending Could Adversely Impact Our Results of Operations.

 

Our financial performance is subject to declines in general economic conditions and the impact of such economic conditions on levels of consumer confidence and consumer spending. Consumer confidence and consumer spending may deteriorate significantly and could remain depressed for an extended period of time, whether due to COVID-19, inflation, bank failure, or other unrelated reasons. Consumer purchases of discretionary items, including specifically our merchandise, generally decline during periods when disposable income is limited, unemployment rates increase, and consumer perceptions of personal well-being and security declines or there is economic uncertainty. An uncertain economic environment could adversely impact our business and operating results.

 

We Are and May Be Subject to Regulatory Compliance and Legal Uncertainties.

 

Changes in government regulation and supervision or proposed Department of Agriculture or other regulatory agency reforms or rule changes could impair our sources of revenue and limit our ability to expand our business. In the event any future laws or regulations are enacted which apply to us, we may have to expend funds and/or alter our operations to ensure compliance. New legislation or regulation, or the application of existing laws and regulations to the areas related to our business could add additional costs and risks to doing business. In addition, we are subject to regulations applicable to businesses generally and laws and regulations directly applicable to communications over the Internet and access to e-commerce. In addition, it is possible that a number of laws and regulations may be adopted with respect to the Internet and other areas of our business, covering issues such as user privacy, pricing, content, copyrights, distribution, antitrust, taxation and characteristics and quality of products and services.

 

Since we do Not Intend to Pay Any Cash Dividends on Our Shares of Common Stock, Our Stockholders Will Not be Able to Receive a Return on Their Shares Unless They Sell Them.

 

We intend to retain any future earnings to finance the development and expansion of our business. We do not anticipate paying any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. Unless we pay dividends, our stockholders will not be able to receive a return on their shares unless they sell them at a price higher than that which they initially paid for such shares.

 

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We may be Subject to Legal Proceedings that Could be Time Consuming, Result in Costly Litigation, Require Significant Amounts of Management Time and Result in the Diversion of Significant Operational Resources.

 

We are involved in lawsuits, claims and proceedings incident to the ordinary course of our business. Litigation is inherently unpredictable. Any claims against us, whether meritorious or not, could be time consuming, result in costly arbitration or litigation, require significant amounts of management time and result in the diversion of significant operational resources. Even if we believe that we have meritorious defenses against these actions, and we resolve to vigorously defend against them, the cost of defending against all these types of claims against us or the ultimate resolution of such claims, whether by settlement or adverse court decision, may harm our business and operating results and may be in excess of any amounts previously reserved for legal expenses. In addition, the increasingly regulated business environment and the nature of our products may result in a greater number of enforcement actions and private litigation. This could subject us to increased exposure to stockholder lawsuits. Also, we (and our affiliates) may be subject to attempts to bring legal claims by creditors and other third parties related to the liabilities or potential liabilities, of our former subsidiaries, or of the liabilities related to any company whose assets we acquired or do business with.

 

We are a Smaller Reporting Company, and We Cannot be Certain if the Reduced Reporting Requirements Applicable to Smaller Reporting Companies Will Make our Common Stock Less Attractive to Investors.

 

We are a smaller reporting company, as defined in the Securities Act of 1934. For as long as we continue to be a smaller reporting company, we may take advantage of exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not smaller reporting companies, including not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, reduced disclosure obligations regarding historical financial statements, executive compensation in our periodic reports, registration statements, and proxy statements and exemptions from the requirements of holding nonbinding advisory votes on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We cannot predict if investors will find our common stock less attractive because we may rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our common stock less attractive as a result, there may be a less active trading market for our common stock and our stock price may be more volatile.

 

We will remain a smaller reporting company until the beginning of a year in which we had a public float of $250 million held by non-affiliates or revenues below $100 million and a public float below $700 million, in each case as determined as of the last business day of the second quarter of the prior year.

 

Our Common Stock is Subject to the Penny Stock Rules of the SEC and the Trading Market in our Securities is Limited, Which Makes Transactions in Our Stock Cumbersome and May Reduce the Value of an Investment in Our Stock.

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted Rule 15g-9 which establishes the definition of a “penny stock,” for the purposes relevant to us, as any equity security that has a market price of less than $5.00 per share or with an exercise price, for warrants or options or conversion price for convertible notes, of less than $5.00 per share, subject to certain exceptions. For any transaction involving a penny stock, unless exempt, the rules require:

 

●that a broker or dealer approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks; and

●the broker or dealer receives from the investor a written agreement to the transaction, setting forth the identity and quantity of the penny stock to be purchased.

 

In order to approve a person’s account for transactions in penny stocks, the broker or dealer must:

 

●obtain financial information and investment experience objectives of the person; and

●make a reasonable determination that the transactions in penny stocks are suitable for that person and the person has sufficient knowledge and experience in financial matters to be capable of evaluating the risks of transactions in penny stocks.

 

The broker or dealer must also deliver, prior to any transaction in a penny stock, a disclosure schedule prescribed by the Commission relating to the penny stock market, which, in highlight form:

 

●Sets forth the basis on which the broker or dealer made the suitability determination, and

●that the broker or dealer received a signed, written agreement from the investor prior to the transaction.

 

Disclosure also has to be made about the risks of investing in penny stocks in both public offerings and in secondary trading and about the commissions payable to both the broker-dealer and the registered representative, current quotations for the securities and the rights and remedies available to an investor in cases of fraud in penny stock transactions. Finally, monthly statements have to be sent disclosing recent price information for the penny stock held in the account and information on the limited market in penny stocks.

 

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Generally, brokers may be less willing to execute transactions in securities subject to the “penny stock” rules. This may make it more difficult for investors to dispose of our common stock and cause a decline in the market value of our stock.

 

ITEM 2. Properties

 

On March 8, 2013, we purchased a building and property located at 28411 Race Track Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135. The property consists of approximately 1.1 acres of land and close to 10,000 square feet of combined office and warehouse space. The purchase price of the property was $770,000 and was financed in part by a five year mortgage in the amount of $546,000. In March 2018, the remaining balance under this mortgage was extended to May 27, 2023. The company relocated all of its Florida-based office and warehouse facilities into this facility on July 15, 2013.

 

On May 14, 2015, we purchased a building and property located at 2528 S. 27th Avenue, Broadview, Illinois 60155. The property consists of approximately 1.33 acres of land and approximately 28,711 square feet of combined office and warehouse space. The purchase price of $914,350 was initially financed primarily by a draw-down of $900,000 on the Company’s credit facility with Fifth Third Bank. On May 29, 2015, a permanent financing facility was provided by Fifth Third Bank in the form of a loan in the amount of $980,000. $900,000 of this amount was used to pay the balance of the credit facility; the additional $80,000 was used for refrigeration and other improvements at the property. The interest on the loan is at the WSJP rate plus 1.25%. The building is used for office and warehouse space primarily for the Company’s Artisan subsidiary. We have also recently completed an additional property improvement and upgrade buildout at the Artisan building which include a fully functional commercial test kitchen and training center and conference room. The test kitchen and training room will be used by Artisan and other subsidiaries of the Company for the purposes of new product testing, development and approval, Quality Assurance and Quality Control as well as sales presentations and customer demonstrations. In addition, we recently added a packaging room to the Artisan building, which is built to FDA, FSMA and SQF food safety standards and purchased new, technologically advanced semi-automated fillers for the packaging room. The packaging room addition will allow for expansion of proprietary private label product lines as well as packing of organic, non GMO, diet specific and other specialty foods. The test kitchen, packaging room and additional improvements were financed by a loan from Fifth Third Bank. On June 6, 2022, this loan was transferred to MapleMark Bank.

 

On November 8, 2019 the Company, through a newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a logistics and warehouse facility (the “Facility”) for $4.5 million. The Facility is approximately 200,000 square feet and is situated on approximately 15 acres in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. The Facility’s appraised value by a third party appraisal firm in 2022 was $16,400,000. Related to the Facility purchase, the Company entered into a commercial loan agreement for both the purchase price and planned improvements to the Facility. The amount of the loan was $5,500,000, of which the Company drew down $3,600,000 for the acquisition of the Facility; the lender was Fifth Third Bank and the loan is secured by a mortgage on the property and other Company assets. The interest on the loan is WSJP rate plus 1.25%, with interest only payments due through June 30, 2024. Related to Facility purchase, the Company also acquired certain leases from certain tenants of the Facility, all of which were in good standing at the time of purchase. On June 6, 2022, this loan was transferred to MapleMark Bank.

 

On October 5, 2020, the Company completed work to upgrade the Facility at a cost of $2,231,458 in order to better support the Company’s focus on e-commerce and logistics.

 

ITEM 3. Legal Proceedings

 

On September 16, 2019, an action (the “PA Action”) was filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Trial Division, against, among others, the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, igourmet and Food Innovations, Inc. Since that time, other parties involved in the incident have joined as plaintiffs in the PA Action. The complaint in the PA Action alleges, inter alia, wrongful death and negligence by a driver employed by igourmet and indicates a demand and offer to settle for fifty million dollars. We expect that should a settlement occur the amount to resolve the Action would be substantially lower. The Company and its subsidiaries had auto and umbrella insurance policies, among others, that were in effect for the relevant period The Company and its subsidiaries’ insurers have agreed to defend the Company and its subsidiaries in the PA Action (and the related action), subject to a reservation of rights. The Company believes that the likely outcome would result in the liabilities being covered by its insurance carriers. However, if the Company was found responsible for damages in excess of its available insurance coverage, such damages in excess of the coverage could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s operations. The case has been set for trial for April 1, 2024. Because the statute of limitations on the incident has now run, it is not anticipated that any new plaintiffs involved in the incident will come forward against the Company and its subsidiaries.

 

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From time to time, the Company has become and may become involved in certain lawsuits and legal proceedings which arise in the ordinary course of business, or as the result of current or previous investments, or current or previous subsidiaries, or current or previous employees, or current or previous directors, or as a result of acquisitions and dispositions or other corporate activities. The Company intends to vigorously defend its positions. However, litigation is subject to inherent uncertainties, and an adverse result in these or other matters may arise from time to time that may harm our financial position or our business, and the outcome of these matters cannot be ultimately predicted.

 

ITEM 4. Mine Safety Disclosure

 

Not Applicable.

 

 

 

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. Market For Registrants Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

Market Information

 

Prices for our common stock are quoted on the OTCQB. Since March 2004, our common stock has traded under the symbol “IVFH”. Prior thereto, our common stock traded under the symbol “FBSN”. At March 28, 2023, there were 48,756,694 shares of our common stock outstanding.

 

Security Holders

 

On March 23, 2023, there were approximately 58 record holders of our common stock. In addition, we believe there are at least several hundred additional beneficial owners of our common stock whose shares are held in “street name.”

 

Dividends

 

We have not paid dividends during the three most recently completed fiscal years and have no current plans to pay dividends on our common stock. We currently intend to retain all earnings, if any, for use in our business.

 

Recent Sales and Other Issuances of Our Equity Securities

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company had the following equity related, nonregistered transactions:

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company accrued the amount of $466,186 representing 1,768,348 shares of common stock issuable at an average price of $0.29 per share to its then Chief Executive Officer pursuant to his compensation agreement.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company issued 142,857 shares with a value of $48,543 to a service provider.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company issued 33,445 shares issued with a value of $11,405 to an employee as compensation.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company accrued a total of $40,000 representing 103,256 shares of common stock issuable to two Directors.

 

All of the issuances described above were exempt from registration pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act of 1933 for the following reasons: (1) none of the issuances involved a public offering or public advertising for the payment of any commissions or fees; (2) the issuances to investors were to “accredited investors”; (3) the issuances upon conversion of notes were for notes held at least 12 months and did not involve the payment of any other consideration; and (4) all issuances to affiliates and to non-affiliates holding the securities for less than six months carried restrictive legends.

 

Dilutive Securities

 

December 31, 2022

 

The following table summarizes the options outstanding and the related prices for the options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock issued by the Company at December 31, 2022:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining

 

 

Exercise

 

 

Number

 

 

Contractual

 

 

Price

 

 

of Options

 

 

Life (years)

 

 

$

0.41

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

1.32

 

 

$

0.50

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

1.32

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

2.99

 

 

$

0.62

 

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

1.00

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

 

540,000

 

 

 

1.00

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

2.99

 

 

$

1.20

 

 

 

1,050,000

 

 

 

0.90

 

 

$

0.93

 

 

 

2,300,000

 

 

 

1.07

 

 

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December 31, 2021

 

The following table summarizes the options outstanding and the related prices for the options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock issued by the Company as of December 31, 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining

 

 

Exercise

 

 

Number

 

 

Contractual

 

 

Price

 

 

of Options

 

 

Life (years)

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

3.99

 

 

$

0.62

 

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

2.00

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

 

540,000

 

 

 

2.00

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

3.99

 

 

$

1.20

 

 

 

1,100,000

 

 

 

1.84

 

 

$

0.99

 

 

 

2,100,000

 

 

 

2.01

 

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

As of December 31, 2022, the following shares are issuable pursuant to outstanding stock options, warrants, and rights issued under the 2011 Stock Option Plan:

 

Plan Category

 

Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights

 

 

Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants, and rights

 

 

Number of securities remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity compensation plans approved by security holders

 

 

2,300,000

 

 

$

0.93

 

 

 

92,365,189

 

Equity compensation plans not approved by shareholders

 

 

-

 

 

$

N/A

 

 

$

N/A

 

 

ITEM 6. [Reserved]

 

ITEM 7. Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto, as well as all other related notes, and financial and operational references, appearing elsewhere in this document.

 

Certain information contained in this discussion and elsewhere in this report may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is subject to the safe harbor created by that act. The safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act will not apply to certain “forward looking statements” because we issued “penny stock” (as defined in Section 3(a)(51) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 3(a)(51-1) under the Exchange Act) during the three year period preceding the date(s) on which those forward looking statements were first made, except to the extent otherwise specifically provided by rule, regulation or order of the Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution readers that certain important factors may affect our actual results and could cause such results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements which may be deemed to have been made in this Report or which are otherwise made by or on our behalf. For this purpose, any statements contained in this report that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “explore”, “consider”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “could”, “estimate”, “plan”, “propose” or “continue” or the negative variations of those words or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that may affect our results include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties associated with:

 

Our ability to raise capital necessary to sustain our anticipated operations and implement our business plan,

 

 

Our ability to implement our business plan,

 

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Our ability to generate sufficient cash to pay our lenders and other creditors,

 

Our dependence on one major customer,

 

 

Our ability to employ and retain qualified management and employees,

 

Our dependence on the efforts and abilities of our current employees and executive officers,

 

Changes in government regulations that are applicable to our current or anticipated business,

 

Changes in the demand for our services and different food trends,

 

The degree and nature of our competition,

 

The lack of diversification of our business plan,

 

The general volatility of the capital markets and the establishment of a market for our shares, and

 

Disruption in the economic and financial conditions primarily from the impact of past terrorist attacks in the United States, threats of future attacks, police and military activities overseas and other disruptive worldwide political and economic events, health pandemics, rising inflation, bank failures, and environmental weather conditions.

 

We are also subject to other risks detailed from time to time in our other filings with the SEC and elsewhere in this report. Any one or more of these uncertainties, risks and other influences could materially affect our results of operations and whether forward-looking statements made by us ultimately prove to be accurate. Our actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether from new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Critical Accounting Policy and Estimates

 

Use of Estimates in the Preparation of Financial Statements

 

The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. These estimates include certain assumptions related to, among others, doubtful accounts receivable, valuation of stock-based services, operating right of use assets and liabilities, and income taxes. On an on-going basis, we evaluate these estimates, including those related to revenue recognition and concentration of credit risk. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Accounts subject to estimate and judgements are accounts receivable reserves, income taxes, intangible assets, contingent liabilities, and equity-based instruments. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe our estimates have not been materially inaccurate in past years, and our assumptions are not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

 

(a) Warrants:

 

There were no warrants outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021.

 

(b) Embedded conversion features of notes payable:

 

There were no outstanding convertible notes outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

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(c) Stock options:

 

The Company accounts for options in accordance with FASB ASC 718-40. Options are valued upon issuance utilizing the Black-Scholes valuation model. Option expense is recognized over the requisite service period of the related option award. The following table illustrates certain key information regarding our options and option assumptions at December 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

   

December 31,

 
   

2022

   

2021

 

Number of options outstanding

    2,300,000       2,100,000  

Value at December 31

    N/A       N/A  

Number of options issued during the year

    250,000       50,000  

Value of options issued during the year

  $ 2,092     $ 8,616  

Number of options recognized during the year

    250,000       50,000  

Number of options exercised or expired during the year

    50,000       200,000  

Value of options recognized during the year

  $ 8,738     $ 144,274  

Revaluation (gain) during the period

  $ N/A     $ N/A  
                 

Black-Scholes model variables:

               

Volatility

    24.43

%

    71.26

%

Dividends

    0       0  

Risk-free interest rates

    2.63

%

    0.23

%

Term (years)

    2.00       2.00  

 

Provision for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

 

The Company maintained an allowance in the amount of $340,225 and $375,931 for doubtful accounts receivable at December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The Company has an operational relationship of several years with our major customers, and we believe this experience provides us with a solid foundation from which to estimate our expected losses on accounts receivable. Should our sales mix change or if we develop new lines of business or new customers, these estimates and our estimation process will change accordingly. These estimates have been accurate in the past.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company measures its financial assets and liabilities in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The estimated fair values approximate their carrying value because of the short-term maturity of these instruments or the stated interest rates are indicative of market interest rates. These fair values have historically varied due to the market price of the Company’s stock at the date of valuation.

 

Income Taxes

 

The Company uses the liability method of accounting for income taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to financial statements carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases and operating loss and tax credit carry-forwards. The measurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities is based on provisions of applicable tax law. The measurement of deferred tax assets is reduced, if necessary, by a valuation allowance based on the amount of tax benefits that, based on available evidence, is not expected to be realized. At December 31, 2022, the Company has a net operating loss carryforward of approximately $15,800,000.

 

Leases

 

The Company determines if an arrangement is a lease at inception. Operating lease right-of-use assets (“ROU assets”) and short-term and long-term lease liabilities are included on the face of the condensed consolidated balance sheet. Finance lease ROU assets are presented within other assets, and finance lease liabilities are presented within accrued liabilities.

 

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ROU assets represent the right of use to an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent the Company’s obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Operating lease ROU assets and liabilities are recognized at commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As most of the Company’s leases do not provide an implicit rate, the Company uses an incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. The operating lease ROU asset also excludes lease incentives. The Company’s lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that the Company will exercise that option. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The Company has lease agreements with lease and non-lease components, which are accounted for as a single lease component. For lease agreements with terms less than 12 months, the Company has elected the short-term lease measurement and recognition exemption, and it recognizes such lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

Background

 

We were initially formed in June 1979 as Alpha Solarco Inc., a Colorado corporation. From June 1979 through February 2003, we were either inactive or involved in discontinued business ventures. We changed our name to Fiber Application Systems Technology, Ltd in February 2003. In January 2004, we changed our state of incorporation by merging into Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. (“IVFH”), a Florida corporation formed for that purpose. As a result of the merger, we changed our name to that of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. In January 2004, we also acquired Food Innovations, Inc. (“FII” or “Food Innovations”), a Delaware corporation, for 500,000 shares of our common stock.

 

Our strategy has been to increase our sales through a combination of acquisitions and organic growth; through December 31, 2022 we have completed a total of eight acquisitions.

 

Transactions With a Major Customer

 

Transactions with a major customer and related economic dependence information is set forth (1) following our discussion of Liquidity and Capital Resources, (2) under the heading Major Customer in Note 18 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, and (3) in Business – Relationship with U.S. Foods, and (4) as the second item under Risk Factors.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

This discussion may contain forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our future results could differ materially from the forward looking statements discussed in this report. This discussion should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements, the notes thereto and other financial information included elsewhere in the report.

 

Year Ended December 31, 2022 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2021

 

Revenue

 

Revenue increased by $17,890,816 or approximately 29% to $80,102,964 for the year ended December 31, 2022 from $62,212,148 in the prior year. The increase in revenues is primarily attributable to an increase in specialty foodservice revenues which was driven by the nationwide opening of restaurants and other foodservice establishments previously affected by COVID-19 as well as increases in travel related foodservice, and restaurant dining. The increase in specialty foodservice revenue was partially offset with decreases in e-commerce revenues. The decrease in e-commerce revenue during the current period was related to decreases in COVID-19 driven demand in 2022 compared to 2021 partially driven by the continued re-opening of bricks and mortar stores, and by decreases in digital marketing related in part to a more challenging digital marketing environment as compared to 2021 which has been driven partially by industrywide marketing challenges related to expanded privacy rules that significantly reduce data sharing.

 

We continue to assess the potential of new revenue sources from the manufacture and sale of proprietary food products, private label products and additional sales channel opportunities in both the foodservice and consumer space and will implement a strategy which based on our analysis provides the most beneficial opportunity for growth.

 

Any changes in the food distribution and specialty foods operating landscape that materially hinders our current ability and/or cost to deliver our products to our customers could potentially cause a material impact on our net revenue and gross margin and, therefore, our profitability and cash flows could be adversely affected.

 

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Currently, a small portion of our revenues comes from imported products or international sales. Our current sales from such markets may be hampered and negatively impacted by any economic tariffs that may be imposed in the United States or in foreign countries.

 

See “Transactions with Major Customers” and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) mandated FR-60 disclosures following the “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section for a further discussion of the significant customer concentrations, loss of significant customer, critical accounting policies and estimates, and other factors that could affect future results.

 

Cost of goods sold

 

Our cost of goods sold for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $61,414,765, an increase of $16,153,364 or approximately 36% compared to cost of goods sold of $45,261,401 for the year ended December 31, 2021. Cost of goods sold was made up of the following expenses for the year ended December 31, 2022: cost of goods of specialty, meat, game, cheese, seafood, poultry and other sales categories in the amount of $41,897,142; shipping, delivery, handling, and purchase allowance expenses in the amount of $18,989,389; and cost of goods associated with logistics of $528,233. Gross margins as a percentage of sales declined during the current period to 23.3% compared to 27.2% during the comparable period, primarily due to variation in product and revenue mix across our various selling channels, increases in fuel costs and fuel surcharges associated with the higher cost of fuel in the United States and higher shipping costs contributed to the decline in gross margins as a percentage of sales.

 

In 2022, we continued to price our products in order to increase sales, gain market share and increase the number of our end users and customers. We currently expect, if market conditions, overall economic conditions, and our product revenue mix remain constant, that our cost of goods sold may increase and may result in a decrease in profit margin.

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses decreased by $814,636 or approximately 4% to $19,725,593 during the year ended December 31, 2022 compared to $20,540,229 for the year ended December 31, 2021. The decrease in selling, general, and administrative expenses was primarily due to a decrease in advertising and digital marketing costs in the amount of $499,610, a decrease in payroll and related costs in the amount of $424,308, including a decrease of $91,287 in non-cash compensation; and a decrease in banking and credit card fees of $187,156. Other components of the decrease in selling, general, and administrative expenses include a decrease in bad debt expense in the amount of $33,671 and taxes in the amount of $7,589. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in travel and entertainment costs of $105,297, an increase in office & facilities costs of $73,457, an increase in computer and IT expense of $52,115, an increase in professional fees of $47,371, an increase in amortization and depreciation of $36,344, and an increase in insurance costs of $23,263. The decrease in sales, general, and administrative expenses represent the results of our overall cost-cutting efforts as well as the restructuring of our marketing and advertising programs.

 

Impairment of Investment

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, we made the determination that our investments in seven food-related companies were unlikely to be recovered, and we recorded an impairment on these investments in the aggregate amount of $286,725.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2021, the founder of one of the food related companies passed away in an untimely tragic accident, and as a result the food related company ceased operations and the Company recognized an impairment in the amount of $209,850 in connection with that investment. There was no such comparable transaction in the current period.

 

Other Income

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company recognized other income in the amount of $294,000 in connection with the termination of the interest rate swap. There was no comparable transaction in the prior period.

 

Gain on forgiveness of debt

 

During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company recorded a gain on forgiveness of debt in connection with the IVFH PPP Loans in the amount of $3,425,015, consisting of $3,398,635 of principal and $26,380 of accrued interest. There was no comparable transaction in the current period.

 

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Gain on contingent liabilities

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company recorded a total of $295,600 in gains on contingent liabilities. This was composed of two contingent liabilities recorded in connection with the igourmet acquisition on January 24, 2018, with a total remaining balance in the amount of $175,600; and two contingent liabilities recorded in connection with the Mouth acquisition on July 6, 2018, with a total remaining balance in the amount of $120,000. In each instance, the contingent event was not met and the payment period has passed; accordingly, the Company has reversed these liabilities.

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, we entered into a revolving line of credit agreement and two term loan agreements with MapleMark Bank, replacing our revolving line of credit and term loans with Fifth Third Bank. We wrote off the existing discounts to the Fifth Third Bank loans in the amount of $40,556 resulting in a loss on extinguishment of debt. There was no comparable transaction during the year ended December 31, 2021.

 

Other leasing income

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company recognized income in the amount of $11,226 in connection with the lease of space in our Mountaintop warehouse facility, an increase of $386 or approximately 4% compared to $10,840 during the year ended December 31, 2021.

 

Interest expense, net

 

Interest expense, net of interest income, increased by $233,299 or approximately 66% to $586,153 during the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $352,854 during the year ended December 31, 2021. The increase was due primarily to an increase in interest accrued or paid on the Company’s commercial loans and notes payable in the amount of $165,703 due to higher interest rates and an increase in loan fees in the amount of $103,235 due to loan fees incurred in connection with the MapleMark and Fifth Third loans. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in the amount of $20,639 in connection with the interest rate swap, and a decrease in $14,852 related to the PPP loans.

 

Net loss

 

For the reasons above, the Company had a net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 of $1,350,002 compared to a net loss of $716,331 during the year ended December 31, 2021. The loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 includes a net total of $1,580,162 in non-cash charges, including charges for non-cash compensation in the amount of $576,964; depreciation expense of $520,848; impairment of investments of $286,725; amortization of prepaid loan fees of $115,760; amortization of intangible assets in the amount of $41,224; and loss on extinguishment of debt of $40,556. These charges were partially offset by a gain on contingent liabilities in the amount of $295,600 and provision for doubtful accounts of $1,915. The loss for the year ended December 31, 2021 includes a total of $1,551,951 in non-cash charges, including charges for non-cash compensation in the amount of $668,251; depreciation expense of $517,942; impairment of investment of $209,850; provision for doubtful accounts of $31,756; amortization of prepaid loan fees of $12,525; and amortization of intangible assets in the amount of $8,912. These non-cash losses were offset by a gain on forgiveness of debt in the amount of $3,425,015.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources at December 31, 2022

 

As of December 31, 2022, the Company had current assets of $13,212,077, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $4,899,398; trade accounts, net receivable of $4,969,395; inventory of $3,053,852; and other current assets of $289,432. Also at December 31, 2022, the Company had current liabilities of $16,412,609, consisting of trade payables and accrued liabilities of $6,853,253, accrued interest of $18,104, deferred revenue of $1,558,155, line of credit of $2,014,333, current portion of notes payable of $5,711,800, current portion of operating lease liability of $64,987, and current portion of financing lease liability of $191,977.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company had cash used in operating activities of $599,086. Cash flow used in operations consisted of the Company’s consolidated net loss of $1,350,002 less depreciation and amortization of $562,072, stock-based compensation in the amount of $576,964, impairment of investment of $286,725, amortization of right-of-use assets of $66,740, and amortization of prepaid loan fees in the amount of $115,760, and loss on extinguishment of debt of $40,556. These amounts were partially offset by a gain on contingent liabilities in the amount of $295,600 and recoveries of doubtful accounts of $1,915. The Company’s cash position decreased by $600,386 as a result of changes in the components of current assets and current liabilities.

 

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The Company had cash used in investing activities of $114,966 for the year ended December 31, 2022, which consisted of cash paid for the acquisition of property and equipment.

 

The Company had cash used in financing activities of $509,221 for the year ended December 31, 2022, which consisted of principal payments on loans and notes payable in the amount of $172,422; principal payments on financing leases in the amount of $176,494; cost of debt financing of $110,305; and payment of offering costs for stock previously accrued of $50,000.

 

The Company had a net working capital deficit of $3,200,532 as of December 31, 2022. The Company had cash used in operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2022 in the amount of $599,086, compared to $3,661,569 during the year ended December 31, 2021. The Company intends to continue to focus on increasing market share and cash flow from operations by focusing its sales activities on specific market segments and new product lines and improving operating efficiencies. Currently, we do not have any material long-term obligations other than those described in Notes 11, 12 and 13 to the financial statements included in this report. As we seek to increase our sales of new items and enter new markets, acquire new businesses as well as identify new food oriented products and services, we may use existing cash reserves, long-term financing, or other means to finance such diversification, although no assurance can be given that such growth will occur.

 

The Company intends to continue to focus on increasing market share and cash flow from operations by focusing its sales activities on specific market segments and new product lines. As we seek to increase our sales of new items and enter new markets, acquire new businesses as well as identify new and other consumer and food service oriented products and services, we may use existing cash reserves, long-term financing, or other means to finance such diversification.

 

If the Company’s cash flow from operations is insufficient to fully implement its business plan, the Company may require additional financing in order to execute its operating plan. The Company cannot predict whether this additional financing will be in the form of equity or debt, or be in another form. The Company may not be able to obtain the necessary additional capital on a timely basis, on acceptable terms, or at all.

 

In any of these events, the Company may be unable to implement its current plans for expansion, repay its debt obligations as they become due or respond to competitive pressures, any of which circumstances would have a material adverse effect on its business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

 

2023 Plans

 

The world has been in the grip of a pandemic since March 2020 which has wreaked havoc on economies world-wide, including in the U.S., which is our primary market. As a result of the pandemic, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, casinos, catering houses and other segments of our primary customer base were either closed completely or have only opened with significantly reduced operations. Accordingly, foodservice revenues, which historically have been a significant portion of our overall revenues had been significantly reduced as most foodservice establishments cross the United States closed or had limited operations. As a result, foodservice revenue commencing in the second half of March 2020 and through the end of 2021 experienced unprecedented declines. In 2022, as the pandemic began to recede and foodservice establishments reopened and travel resumed, we have experienced strong foodservice revenue growth. Concurrently, while ecommerce revenues remained above pre-pandemic historical levels, lower deferred revenues recognized in the twelve months of 2022 and decreases in COVID-19 driven demand in 2022 compared to 2021 (partially driven by the continued re-opening of bricks and mortar stores), and an increasingly challenging digital marketing environment fueled by industry-wide marketing challenges, including expanded privacy rules that significantly reduce data sharing.

 

During 2023, as Mr. Bennett has now recently taken the role of CEO, we will be doing a holistic review of the Company’s portfolio of businesses and go to market strategies. In the meantime, we plan to continue to expand our business by expanding our focus on additional specialty foods markets and by leveraging our e-commerce platform to launch and grow new D2C brands and e-commerce sites within targeted consumer areas either organically and/or through acquisition of new D2C brands and e-commerce sites within targeted consumer areas. In addition, we will continue exploring potential acquisition and partnership opportunities with influencers and other celebrities to continue to extend our focus in the specialty food market through the growth of the Company’s existing sales channels and through a variety of additional potential sales channel relationships. Additionally, to further optimize the Company’s return on marketing spend, the company has meaningfully reduced its digital marketing spend in traditional digital marketing channels and has shifted focus to increasing our strategic loyalty and retention focused customer experience improvements across our branded online retailers. Additional focus includes further improving the customer experience on our existing food subscription offerings, expanding our traditional monthly subscription offerings and launching a “subscribe and save” subscription offering.

 

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In addition, we are currently exploring the introduction of, or have introduced into the market, a variety of new product categories and new product lines, including private label products and proprietary branded products to leverage our existing foodservice and consumer customer base.

 

Furthermore, the Company intends to continue to expand its activities in the direct-to-consumer space and the overall consumer packaged goods (CPG) space by leveraging its overall capabilities in the consumer space, including leveraging its direct to consumer e-commerce platform to reach both additional customers in multiple channels, and to expand availability of its e-commerce capabilities to additional products and markets.

 

The Company also plans on expanding its B2B offerings, including of its managed services which provide a complete customer backend experience solution for small to large brands by leveraging the platform's procurement, logistics and fulfillment capabilities. The Company also manages monthly subscription offerings on behalf of third party B2B clients and the Company plans on expanding this offering in 2023. In addition, the Company is focused on formally launching its B2B managed marketplace offerings, currently in beta testing, in which the Company offers its B2B customers a complete managed solution including warehousing fulfillment and listing management, for third party marketplace for marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart and other third party marketplaces.

 

No assurances can be given that any of these plans will come to fruition or that if implemented that they will necessarily yield positive results.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues, or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to investors.

 

Inflation

 

In the opinion of management, inflation has had a material effect on the Company’s financial condition and results of its operations. The Company has seen inflation across its costs for fuel, shipping, cost of goods, and marketing. Balancing the management of these increases with the willingness of our customers to pay higher prices will be a key focus for the Company this year. However, no assurance can be given that we will be successful and inflationary pressure on our profits will likely continue into 2023.

 

Transactions with Major Customers

 

The Company's largest customer, U.S. Foods, Inc. and its affiliates, accounted for approximately 49% and 46% of total sales in the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively; and approximately 46% of total sales in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to 40% of total sales in the fourth quarter of 2021. A contract between our subsidiary, Food Innovations, and USF entered an optional renewal period in December 2012 but was automatically extended for an additional 12 months in each of January 1, 2013 and 2014. On January 26, 2015 we executed a contract directly between Food Innovations, Inc., our wholly-owned subsidiary, and U.S. Foods, Inc. The term of the Agreement was from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 and provided for a limited number of automatic annual renewals thereafter if no party gives the other 30 days' notice of its intent not to renew. Based on the terms, the Agreement was extended through 2018. Effective January 1, 2018 the Agreement was further amended to remove the cap on renewals, and provide for an unlimited number of additional 12-month terms unless either party notifies the other in writing, 30 days prior to the end date, of its intent not to renew.

 

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ITEM 8. Financial Statements

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

 

To the Stockholders’ and Board of Directors
Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2022, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related consolidated notes (collectively referred to as the financial statements). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2022, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audit, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audit included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audit also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audit provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

Critical Audit Matters

 

The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.

 

 

 

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Going Concern

 

Description of the matter and considerations leading to the matter

 

As described in Notes 11 and 12 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company has a revolving credit facility and term loan agreement with MapleMark which is due to mature on May 27, 2023, resulting in negative working capital as of December 31, 2022. This raises substantial doubt about the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern for a period of one year from the date of our report  if (i) the maturity date is not extended by the bank and (ii) the loan becomes in default and payable on demand as per the terms of the loan agreements. Given that the Company did not have a sufficient cash balance at December 31, 2022 or thereafter to pay down the loans and given that net cash was used in operations during the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company may not be able to repay the loan balance if called upon by the bank which resulted in the going concern risk noted.

 

Furthermore, as discussed in Note 11 and 12, the Company is waiting on the approval of a guarantee from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) which the bank has applied for and would (i) guarantee the loan up to 80% and (ii) extend the maturity date to 2052. As of the date of the audit opinion the guarantee had not been received which further added to the going concern risk noted above.

 

As a result of the foregoing, management has developed plans which it determined alleviate the substantial doubt regarding its ability to continue as a going concern. See Note 19.

 

Description of how the matter was addressed

 

We obtained management’s assessment of going concern and their plans to meet financial obligations in the instance the guarantee is not obtained which included (i) proposed financing by various lenders of two owned buildings with an appraised value greater than the loan amount along with working capital financing collateralized by accounts receivable and inventory evidenced by multiple term sheets; (ii) the ability to refinance with the current bank and extend the loan maturity date supported by written correspondence from the lender ; and (iii) management’s development of and review of projections showing increased sales and projected cash flows from operations, supporting the basis for the term sheets and other financing correspondence from the various lenders.

 

In addition, we reviewed the conditional commitment issued by the USDA to the Company which outlines the terms and conditions of the guarantee and conditions to be met by the Company and which will be presented to the USDA committee for approval.  We had conversations with the Company’s bank representative who corroborated the status of the application and that conditional commitment terms have been met and the willingness of the bank to assist the Company with refinance or other options if the guarantee is not obtained from the USDA.

 

Conclusion

 

Based on management’s plans and related evidence obtained, substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern is alleviated and as such, we did not include a going concern emphasis of a matter in our report herein.

 

 

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Margate, Florida

March 31, 2023

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of:

Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2021 the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2021, and the related notes (collectively referred to as “the consolidated financial statements”). In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2021 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year ended December 31, 2021, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

These consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal controls over financial reporting. As part of our audit, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall consolidated financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

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Critical Audit Matters

 

The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.

 

Contingencies

 

As described in Note 17 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company is involved in a number of legal proceedings and has made accruals with respect to certain of these matters. Where a liability is reasonably possible and may be material, such matters have been disclosed. Management exercised judgment and assessed the probability of occurrence based on the ability to predict the number of claims that may be filed and whether it can reasonably estimate any loss or range of loss that may arise from that proceeding.

 

Auditing management’s accounting for, and disclosure of, loss contingencies was highly judgmental as it involved our assessment of the significant judgments made by management when assessing the probability of occurrence or when determining whether an estimate of the loss or range of loss could be made.

 

To test the Company’s assessment of the probability of occurrence or determination of an estimate of loss, or range of loss, among other procedures, we read the legal documentations, reviewed opinions provided to the Company by certain outside legal counsel, read letters received directly by us from external counsel, and evaluated the current status of contingencies based on discussions with legal counsel. We also evaluated the appropriateness of the related disclosures.

 

 

/s/ Liggett & Webb, P.A.

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2012

 

Boynton Beach, Florida

March 31, 2022

 

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Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

   

 December 31,

   

 December 31,

 
   

2022

   

2021

 
                 

ASSETS

               

Current assets

               

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 4,899,398     $ 6,122,671  

Accounts receivable, net

    4,969,395       3,256,764  

Inventory, net

    3,053,852       3,109,984  

Other current assets

    289,432       314,107  

Total current assets

    13,212,077       12,803,526  
                 

Property and equipment, net

    7,921,561       8,186,227  

Investments

    -       286,725  

Right of use assets, operating leases, net

    152,425       232,381  

Right of use assets, finance leases, net

    570,323       669,039  

Other amortizable intangible assets, net

    30,994       72,218  

Tradenames and other unamortizable intangible assets

    1,532,822       1,532,822  

Total assets

  $ 23,420,202     $ 23,782,938  
                 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

               

Current liabilities

               

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

  $ 6,853,253     $ 5,702,905  

Accrued interest, current portion

    18,104       29,349  

Deferred revenue

    1,558,155       1,631,406  

Line of Credit

    2,014,333       2,000,000  

Notes payable - current portion, net of discount

    5,711,800       412,961  

Lease liability - operating leases, current

    64,987       74,088  

Lease liability - finance leases, current

    191,977       159,823  

Contingent liability - current portion

    -       187,000  

Total current liabilities

    16,412,609       10,197,532  
                 

Lease liability - operating leases, non-current

    87,438       158,293  

Lease liability - finance leases, non-current

    333,092       499,240  

Contingent liability - long-term

    -       108,600  

Note payable - long term portion, net

    -       5,409,172  

Total liabilities

    16,833,139       16,372,837  
                 
                 

Commitments & Contingencies (see note 16)

   
 
     
 
 
                 

Stockholders' equity

               

Common stock: $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 50,927,237 and 48,879,331 shares issued, and 48,089,657 and 46,041,751 shares outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively

    5,088       4,885  

Additional paid-in capital

    42,189,471       41,662,710  

Treasury stock: 2,623,171 shares outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021

    (1,141,370

)

    (1,141,370

)

Accumulated deficit

    (34,466,126

)

    (33,116,124

)

Total stockholders' equity

    6,587,063       7,410,101  
                 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

  $ 23,420,202     $ 23,782,938  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

   

For the

   

For the

 
   

Year Ended

   

Year Ended

 
   

 December 31,

   

 December 31,

 
   

2022

   

2021

 
                 

Revenue

  $ 80,102,964     $ 62,212,148  

Cost of goods sold

    61,414,765       45,261,401  

Gross margin

    18,688,199       16,950,747  
                 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    19,725,593       20,540,229  

      Total operating expenses

    19,725,593       20,540,229  
                 

Operating loss

    (1,037,394

)

    (3,589,482

)

                 

Other income (expense:)

               

   Impairment of investment

    (286,725

)

    (209,850

)

   Other income

    294,000       -  

   Gain on forgiveness of debt

    -       3,425,015  

   Gain on contingent liability

    295,600       -  

   Loss on extinguishment of debt

    (40,556

)

    -  

   Other leasing income

    11,226       10,840  

   Interest expense, net

    (586,153

)

    (352,854

)

      Total other income (expense)

    (312,608

)

    2,873,151  
                 

Net loss before taxes

    (1,350,002

)

    (716,331

)

                 

Income tax expense

    -       -  
                 

Net loss

  $ (1,350,002

)

  $ (716,331

)

                 

Net loss per share - basic

  $ (0.03

)

  $ (0.02

)

                 

Net loss per share - diluted

  $ (0.03

)

  $ (0.02

)

                 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

    47,129,511       39,448,041  
                 

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

    47,129,511       39,448,041  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Stockholders' Equity

For the Years Ended December 31, 2022 and 2021

 

                   

 Additional

                                 
   

Common Stock

   

Paid-in

   

Treasury Stock

   

Accumulated

         
   

Amount

   

Value

   

Capital

   

Amount

   

Value

   

Deficit

   

Total

 
                                                         

Balance - December 31, 2020

    38,209,060     $ 3,817     $ 37,415,155       2,623,171     $ (1,141,370

)

  $ (32,399,793

)

  $ 3,877,809  

Shares issued for compensation

    1,295,271       130       523,847       -       -       -       523,977  

Vesting of stock options

    -       -       144,274       -       -       -       144,274  

Common stock sold for cash, net of costs

    9,375,000       938       3,579,434       -       -       -       3,580,372  

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2021

    -       -       -       -       -       (716,331

)

    (716,331

)

Balance - December 31, 2021

    48,879,331     $ 4,885     $ 41,662,710       2,623,171     $ (1,141,370

)

  $ (33,116,124

)

  $ 7,410,101  
                                                         

Shares issued for compensation

    1,871,604       186       506,000       -       -       -       506,186  

Vesting of stock options

    -       -       8,738       -       -               8,738  

Offering expenses for stock previously sold for cash

    -       -       (50,000

)

    -       -       -       (50,000

)

Common stock issued for services

    176,302       17       59,931       -       -       -       59,948  

Fair value of options issued to consultant

    -       -       2,092       -       -       -       2,092  

Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022

    -       -       -       -       -       (1,350,002

)

    (1,350,002

)

Balance - December 31, 2022

    50,927,237     $ 5,088     $ 42,189,471       2,623,171     $ (1,141,370

)

  $ (34,466,126

)

  $ 6,587,063  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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Innovative Food Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

   

For the

   

For the

 
   

Year Ended

   

Year Ended

 
   

December 31,

   

December 31,

 
   

2022

   

2021

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

               

Net loss

  $ (1,350,002

)

  $ (716,331

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

               

Gain on forgiveness of debt

    -       (3,425,015

)

Gain on contingent liabilities

    (295,600

)

    -  

Impairment of investment

    286,725       209,850  

Depreciation and amortization

    562,072       526,854  

Amortization of right of use asset

    66,740       102,715  

Amortization of prepaid loan fees

    115,760       12,525  

Stock based compensation

    576,964       668,251  

Loss on extinguishment of debt

    40,556       -  

Provision (recoveries) for doubtful accounts

    (1,915

)

    31,756  
                 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

               

Accounts receivable, net

    (1,710,716

)

    (930,595

)

Inventory and other current assets, net

    80,807       604,890  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

    1,169,514       650,516  

Deferred revenue

    (73,251

)

    (1,286,270

)

Contingent liabilities

    -       (8,000

)

Operating lease liability

    (66,740

)

    (102,715

)

Net cash used in operating activities

    (599,086

)

    (3,661,569

)

                 

Cash flows from investing activities:

               

Acquisition of property and equipment

    (114,966

)

    (24,511

)

Net cash used in investing activities

    (114,966

)

    (24,511

)

                 

Cash flows from financing activities:

               

Payment of offering costs for stock previously issued

    (50,000

)

    -  

Proceeds from sale of common stock, net of costs

            3,580,372  

Proceeds from Payroll Protection Plan Loan

    -       1,748,414  

Principal payments on debt

    (172,422

)

    (433,087

)

Principal payments financing leases

    (176,494

)

    (146,963

)

Cost of debt financing

    (110,305

)

    -  

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    (509,221

)

    4,748,736  
                 

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

    (1,223,273

)

    1,062,656  
                 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    6,122,671       5,060,015  
                 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $ 4,899,398     $ 6,122,671  
                 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

               
                 

Cash paid during the period for:

               
                 

Interest

  $ 461,563     $ 298,481  
                 

Taxes

  $ -     $ -  
                 

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

               

(Decrease) Increase in right to use assets & liabilities

  $ (13,216

)

  $ 88,359  

Finance lease for fixed assets

  $ 42,500     $ 21,885  

Debt to Fifth Third Bank paid directly by Maple Mark Bank

  $ 7,686,481     $ -  

Reclassification of accounts receivable to other assets

  $ -     $ 22,380  

 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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INNOVATIVE FOOD HOLDINGS, INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2022 and 2021

 

1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Business Activity

 

Our business is currently conducted by our wholly owned subsidiaries, some of which are non-operating, Artisan Specialty Foods, Inc. (“Artisan”), Food Innovations, Inc. (“FII”), Food New Media Group, Inc. (“FNM”), Organic Food Brokers, LLC (“OFB”), Gourmet Foodservice Group, Inc. (“GFG”), Gourmet Foodservice Group Warehouse, Inc. (“GFW”), Gourmeting, Inc. (“Gourmeting”), Haley Food Group, Inc. (“Haley”), Oasis Sales Corp. (“Oasis”), 4 The Gourmet, Inc. (d/b/a For The Gourmet, Inc.), (“Gourmet”), Innovative Food Properties, LLC (“IFP”), Plant Innovations, Inc. (“Plant Innovations”), Innovative Gourmet, LLC (“Innovative Gourmet” or “igourmet”), Food Funding, LLC (“Food Funding”), Logistics Innovations, LLC (L Innovations”), M Innovations, LLC (“M Innovations” or “Mouth”), MI Foods, LLC (“MIF”), M Foods Innovations, LLC (“M Foods”), P Innovations, LLC (“P Innovations”), PlantBelly, LLC (“PlantBelly”), Innovative Foods, Inc. (“IFI”) and Innovative Gourmet Partnerships, LLC (“IGP”), and collectively with IVFH and its other subsidiaries, the “Company” or “IVFH”) have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. All material intercompany transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation of these entities.

 

Overall, our business activities are focused around the creation and growth of a platform which provides distribution or the enabling of distribution of high quality, unique specialty food and food related products ranging from specialty foodservice products to Consumer-Packaged Goods (“CPG”) products through a variety of sales channels ranging from national partnership based and regionally based foodservice related sales channels to e-commerce sales channels offering products both direct to consumers (“D2C”) and direct to business (“B2B”). In our business model, we receive orders from our customers and then work closely with our suppliers and our warehouse facilities to have the orders fulfilled. In order to maintain freshness and quality, we carefully select our suppliers based upon, among other factors, their quality, uniqueness, reliability and access to overnight courier services.

 

FII, through its relationship with the producers, growers, and makers of thousands of unique specialty foodservice products and through its relationship with US Foods, Inc. (“U.S. Foods” or “USF”), has been in the business of providing premium restaurants, within 24 – 72 hours, with the freshest origin-specific perishable, and healthcare products shipped directly from our network of vendors and from our warehouses. Our customers include restaurants, hotels, country clubs, national chain accounts, casinos, hospitals and catering houses.

 

Gourmet has been in the business of providing specialty food via e-commerce through its own website at www.forthegourmet.com and through other ecommerce channels, with unique specialty gourmet food products shipped directly from our network of vendors and from our warehouses within 24 – 72 hours.

 

Artisan is a supplier of over 1,500 unique specialty foodservice products to over 500 customers such as chefs, restaurants, etc. in the Greater Chicago area and serves as a national fulfillment center for certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries.

 

GFG is focused on expanding the Company’s program offerings to additional specialty foodservice customers.

 

Haley is a dedicated foodservice consulting and advisory firm that works closely with companies to access private label and manufacturers’ private label food service opportunities with the intent of helping them launch and commercialize new products in the broadline foodservice industry and assists in the enabling of the distribution of products via national broadline food distributors.

 

IFP was formed to hold the Company’s real estate holdings including the recently acquired facility in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania.

 

OFB and Oasis function as outsourced national sales and brand management teams for emerging organic and specialty food CPG companies of a variety of sizes and business stages, and provides emerging and unique CPG specialty food brands with distribution and shelf placement access in all of the major metro markets in the food retail industry.

 

igourmet has been in the business of providing D2C specialty food via e-commerce through its own website at www.igourmet.com and through other channels such as www.amazon.com, www.ebay.com, and www.walmart.com. In addition, igourmet.com offers a line of B2B specialty foodservice items. Products are primarily shipped directly from igourmet.com’s approximately 100,000 square feet warehouse in Pennsylvania via igourmet.com owned trucks and via third party carrier directly to thousands of customers nationwide.

 

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Mouth.com (www.mouth.com) is an online retailer of specialty foods, monthly subscription boxes and curated gift boxes to thousands of consumers and corporate customers across the United States. Mouth sources high quality specialty foods crafted in the US by independent and small batch makers, and expertly curates them into standout food gifts for both consumers and corporate customers. Mouth also has launched a private label brand, including several award-winning products.

 

P Innovations focus is to leverage acquired assets to expand the Company’s subscription-based e-commerce business activities and to launch new businesses leveraging the Company’s e-commerce platform.

 

Plant Innovations is focused on plant-based D2C brands and online retail within the e-commerce space.

 

L Innovations provides 3rd party warehouse and fulfillment services out of its location at the Company’s PA facility.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. On an on-going basis, we evaluate these estimates, including those related to revenue recognition and concentration of credit risk. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Accounts subject to estimate and judgements are accounts receivable reserves, inventory reserves, income taxes, intangible assets, contingent liabilities, operating and finance right of use assets and liabilities, and equity-based instruments. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe our estimates have not been materially inaccurate in past years, and our assumptions are not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Innovative Food Holdings, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, some of which are non-operating, Artisan, FII, FNM, OFB, GFG, GFW, Gourmeting, Haley, Oasis, igourmet, Food Funding, IFP, L Innovations, M Innovations, P Innovations, MIF, M Foods, PlantBelly, Plant Innovations, IFI, IGP, and Gourmet. All material intercompany transactions have been eliminated upon consolidation of these entities, some of which are non-operating.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company recognizes revenue upon product delivery. All of our products are shipped either same day or overnight or through longer shipping terms to the customer and the customer takes title to product and assumes risk and ownership of the product when it is delivered. Shipping charges to customers and sales taxes collectible from customers, if any, are included in revenues.

 

For revenue from product sales (i.e., specialty foodservice and e-commerce), the Company recognizes revenue in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts with Customers”. A five-step analysis must be met as outlined in Topic 606: (i) identify the contract with the customer, (ii) identify the performance obligations in the contract, (iii) determine the transaction price, (iv) allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations, and (v) recognize revenue when (or as) performance obligations are satisfied. Provisions for discounts and rebates to customers, estimated returns and allowances, and other adjustments are provided for in the same period the related sales are recorded. The Company defers any revenue for which the product has not been delivered or is subject to refund until such time that the Company and the customer jointly determine that the product has been delivered or no refund will be required.

 

Revenue from brand management services are comprised of fees and/or commissions associated with client sales. Revenue from brand management services are recognized at the point in time when services are rendered to the client.

 

Warehouse and logistic services revenue is primarily comprised of inventory management, order fulfilment and warehousing services. Warehouse & logistics services revenues are recognized at the point in time when the services are rendered to the customer.

 

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Disaggregation of Revenue

 

The following table represents a disaggregation of revenue by from sales for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021:

 

   

Year Ended

 
   

December 31,

 
   

2022

   

2021

 

Specialty foodservice

  $ 64,012,458     $ 40,757,952  

E-Commerce

    13,992,138       19,518,169  

National Brand Management

    1,171,335       1,036,564  

Warehouse and Logistic Services

    927,033       899,463  

Total

  $ 80,102,964     $ 62,212,148  

 

Cost of goods sold

 

We have included in cost of goods sold all costs which are directly related to the generation of revenue. These costs include primarily the cost of food and raw materials, packing and handling, shipping, and delivery costs.

 

We have also included all payroll costs as cost of goods sold in our leasing and logistics services business.

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

 

We have included in selling, general, and administrative expenses all other costs which support the Company’s operations, but which are not includable as a cost of sales. These include primarily payroll, facility costs such as rent and utilities, selling expenses such as commissions and advertising, amortization of intangible assets, depreciation, and other administrative costs including professional fees and costs associated with non-cash stock compensation. Advertising costs are expensed as incurred.

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

Cash equivalents include all highly liquid debt instruments with original maturities of three months or less which are not securing any corporate obligations.

 

Concentrations of Credit Risk

 

Financial instruments and related items, which potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk, consist primarily of cash, cash equivalents and trade receivables. The Company places its cash and temporary cash in investments with credit quality institutions. At times, such investments may be in excess of applicable government mandated insurance limit. At December 31, 2022 and 2021, trade receivables from the Company’s largest customer amounted to 20% and 28%, respectively, of total trade receivables. During the year ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, sales from the Company’s largest customer amounted to 49% and 46% of total sales, respectively.

 

The Company maintains cash balances in excess of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation limits. At December 31, 2022 and 2021, the total cash in excess of these limits was $3,205,568 and $4,555,032, respectively.

 

Accounts Receivable

 

The Company provides an allowance for doubtful accounts equal to the estimated uncollectible amounts. The Company’s estimate is based on historical collection experience and a review of the current status of trade accounts receivable. It is reasonably possible that the Company’s estimate of the allowance for doubtful accounts will change. Accounts receivable are presented net of an allowance for doubtful accounts of $340,225 and $375,931 at December 31, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

 

Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment are valued at cost. Depreciation is provided over the estimated useful lives up to five years using the straight-line method. Leasehold improvements are depreciated on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.

 

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The estimated service lives of property and equipment are as follows:

 

Computer Equipment

3 years

Warehouse Equipment

5 years

Warehouse Equipment - Heavy

10 years

Office Furniture and Fixtures

5 years

Vehicles

5 years

Buildings

30 years

 

Inventories

 

Inventory is valued at the lower of cost or market and is determined by the first-in, first-out method.  In lieu of an inventory reserve, the Company adjusts inventory based upon bi-weekly cycle counts and upon the expiration date of food products.

 

Deferred Revenue

 

Certain customer arrangements in the Company's business such as gift cards and e-commerce subscription purchases result in deferred revenues when cash payments are received in advance of performance. Gift cards issued by the Company generally have an expiration of five years from date of purchase. The Company records a liability for unredeemed gift cards and advance payments for monthly club memberships as cash is received, and the liability is reduced when the card is redeemed or product delivered.

 

The following table represents the changes in deferred revenue as reported on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets:

 

Balance acquired as of December 31, 2020

  $ 2,917,676  

Cash payments received

    2,392,745  

Net sales recognized

    (3,679,015

)

Balance as of December 31, 2021

  $ 1,631,406  

 

Cash payments received

    1,833,947  

Net sales recognized

    (1,907,198

)

Balance as of December 31, 2022

  $ 1,558,155  

 

Income Taxes

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (“ASU 2019-12”), which is intended to simplify various aspects related to accounting for income taxes. ASU 2019-12 removes certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740 and also clarifies and amends existing guidance to improve consistent application. This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company adopted this standard effective January 1, 2021; the adoption of this standard has not had a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The carrying amount of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, notes payable, line of credit, accounts payable and accrued expenses, none of which is held for trading, approximates their estimated fair values due to the short-term maturities of those financial instruments.

 

The Company adopted ASC 820-10, “Fair Value Measurements”, which provides a framework for measuring fair value under GAAP. ASC 820-10 defines fair value as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date. ASC 820-10 requires that valuation techniques maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs.

 

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Long-Lived Assets

 

The Company reviews its property and equipment and any identifiable intangibles for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. Recoverability of assets to be held and used is measured by a comparison of the carrying amount of an asset to the future undiscounted operating cash flow expected to be generated by the asset. If such assets are considered to be impaired, the impairment to be recognized is measured by the amount by which the carrying amount of the asset exceeds the fair value of the asset. Long-lived assets to be disposed of are reported at the lower of carrying amount or fair value less costs to sell.  No impairment of long-lived assets was deemed necessary at December 31, 2022.

 

Cost Method Investments

 

The Company has made several investments in early stage private food related companies and are accounting for these investments under the cost method. At December 31, 2022, the Company made the determination that it was unlikely to recover the cost of these investments, and recorded an impairment in the amount of $286,725.

 

Basic and Diluted Income Per Share

 

Basic net earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period, while fully-diluted net earnings per share is based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock and potentially dilutive securities assumed to be outstanding during the period using the treasury stock method. Potentially dilutive securities consist of options and warrants to purchase common stock, and convertible debt. Basic and diluted net loss per share is computed based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period.

 

The Company uses the treasury stock method to calculate the impact of outstanding stock options and warrants. Stock options and warrants for which the exercise price exceeds the average market price over the period have an anti-dilutive effect on earnings per common share and, accordingly, are excluded from the calculation.

 

Dilutive shares at December 31, 2022:

 

Stock Options

 

The following table summarizes the options outstanding and the related prices for the options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock issued by the Company at December 31, 2022:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining

 

 

Exercise

 

 

Number

 

 

Contractual

 

 

Price

 

 

of Options

 

 

Life (years)

 

 

$

0.41

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

1.32

 

 

$

0.50

 

 

 

125,000

 

 

 

1.32

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

2.99

 

 

$

0.62

 

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

1.00

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

 

540,000

 

 

 

1.00

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

2.99

 

 

$

1.20

 

 

 

1,050,000

 

 

 

0.90

 

 

$

0.93

 

 

 

2,300,000

 

 

 

1.07

 

 

Restricted Stock Awards

 

At December 31, 2022, there are 300,000 unvested restricted stock awards remaining from grants in a prior year. Those 300,000 restricted stock awards will vest as follows: 125,000 restricted stock awards will vest contingent upon the attainment of a stock price of $2.00 per share for 20 straight trading days, and an additional 175,000 restricted stock awards will vest contingent upon the attainment of a stock price of $3.00 per share for 20 straight trading days.

 

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Stock-based compensation

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company incurred obligations to issue the following shares of common stock pursuant to employment agreements: an aggregate total of 2,149,384 shares of common stock with a market value of $561,600 were accrued for issuance to its Chief Executive Officer; of this amount, 381,036 with a market value of $95,414 were withheld for the payment of income taxes, and the net number of shares issuable to the Chief Executive Officer was 1,768,348 with a market value of $466,186. Also during the period an aggregate total of 103,256 shares of common stock with a market value of $40,000 were accrued for issuance to two board members. These restricted stock grants are being amortized over their vesting periods of one to three years. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the total amount of $506,186 was charged to non-cash compensation and $95,414 was charged to cash compensation in connection with these grants.

 

Dilutive shares at December 31, 2021:

 

Stock Options

 

The following table summarizes the options outstanding and the related prices for the options to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock issued by the Company at December 31, 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remaining

 

 

Exercise

 

 

Number

 

 

Contractual

 

 

Price

 

 

of Options

 

 

Life (years)

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

3.99

 

 

$

0.62

 

 

 

360,000

 

 

 

2.00

 

 

$

0.85

 

 

 

540,000

 

 

 

2.00

 

 

$

1.00

 

 

 

50,000

 

 

 

3.99

 

 

$

1.20

 

 

 

1,100,000

 

 

 

1.84

 

 

$

0.99

 

 

 

2,100,000

 

 

 

2.01

 

 

Restricted Stock Awards

 

At December 31, 2021, there are 300,000 unvested restricted stock awards remaining from grants in a prior year. Those 300,000 restricted stock awards will vest as follows: 125,000 restricted stock awards will vest contingent upon the attainment of a stock price of $2.00 per share for 20 straight trading days, and an additional 175,000 restricted stock awards will vest contingent upon the attainment of a stock price of $3.00 per share for 20 straight trading days.

 

Stock-based compensation

 

During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company incurred obligations to issue the following shares of common stock pursuant to employment agreements: an aggregate total of 961,897 shares of common stock to its Chief Executive Officer; 59,016 to its Director of Strategic Acquisitions, an aggregate total of 200,282 shares to board members; and 74,076 shares to an employee. These restricted stock grants are being amortized over their vesting periods of one to three years. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the amount of $523,977 was charged to operations in connection with these grants.

 

Leases

 

The Company accounts for leases in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) ASC 842, “Leases”. The Company determines if an arrangement is a lease at inception. Operating lease right-of-use assets (“ROU assets”) and short-term and long-term lease liabilities are included on the face of the consolidated balance sheet. Finance lease ROU assets are presented within other assets, and finance lease liabilities are presented within current and long-term liabilities.

 

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ROU assets represent the right of use to an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent the Company’s obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Operating lease ROU assets and liabilities are recognized at commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As most of the Company’s leases do not provide an implicit rate, the Company uses an incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. The operating lease ROU asset also excludes lease incentives. The Company’s lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that the Company will exercise that option. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The Company has lease agreements with lease and non-lease components, which are accounted for as a single lease component. For lease agreements with terms less than 12 months, the Company has elected the short-term lease measurement and recognition exemption, and it recognizes such lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

 

New Accounting Pronouncements

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU No. 2019-12, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes (“ASU 2019-12”), which is intended to simplify various aspects related to accounting for income taxes. ASU 2019-12 removes certain exceptions to the general principles in Topic 740 and also clarifies and amends existing guidance to improve consistent application. This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. The Company adopted this standard effective January 1, 2021; the adoption of this standard has not had a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

Management does not believe that any other recently issued but not yet effective accounting standards, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the accompanying consolidated financial statements.

 

2. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

 

At December 31, 2022 and 2021, accounts receivable consists of:

 

   

2022

   

2021

 

Accounts receivable from customers

  $ 5,309,620     $ 3,632,695  

Allowance for doubtful accounts

    (340,225

)

    (375,931

)

Accounts receivable, net

  $ 4,969,395     $ 3,256,764  

 

During the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company charged (recovered) the amount of $(1,915) and $31,756, respectively, to bad debt expense.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company entered into a note receivable agreement with a customer in exchange for accounts receivable in the amount of $22,380. This note bears an interest rate of 5% per annum and is due in full on July 31, 2023.

 

3. INVENTORY

 

Inventory consists of specialty food products. At December 31, 2022 and 2021, inventory consisted of the following:

 

   

2022

   

2021

 

Finished goods inventory

  $ 3,053,852     $ 3,109,984  

 Allowance for slow moving & obsolete inventory

    -       -  

Finished goods inventory, net

  $ 3,053,852     $ 3,109,984  

 

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4. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

 

A summary of property and equipment at December 31, 2022 and 2021 is as follows:

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 

Land

  $ 1,256,895     $ 1,256,895  

Building

    7,191,451       7,191,451  

Computer and Office Equipment

    609,018       593,566  

Warehouse Equipment

    378,957       376,667  

Furniture and Fixtures

    1,021,481       944,233  

Vehicles

    109,441       109,441  

Total before accumulated depreciation

    10,567,243       10,472,253  

Less: accumulated depreciation

    (2,645,682

)

    (2,286,026

)

Total

  $ 7,921,561     $ 8,186,227  

 

Depreciation expense for property and equipment amounted to $379,632 and $388,657 for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, which is recorded in selling, general & administrating expenses on the Company’s statement of operations.

 

5. RIGHT OF USE (ROU) ASSETS AND LEASE LIABILITIES OPERATING LEASES

 

The Company has operating leases for offices, warehouses, vehicles, and office equipment. The Company’s leases have remaining lease terms of 1 year to 3 years, some of which include options to extend.

 

The Company’s lease expense for the years ended December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 was entirely comprised of operating leases and amounted to $78,849 and $120,304, respectively. The Company’s ROU asset amortization for the years ended December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 was $66,740 and $102,715, respectively. The difference between the lease expense and the associated ROU asset amortization consists of interest.

 

Right of use assets – operating leases are summarized below:

 

   

December 31, 2022

   

December 31, 2021

 

Warehouse equipment

  $ 36,170     $ 55,047  

Office

    106,601       148,529  

Office equipment

    9,654       12,677  

Vehicles

    -       16,128  

Right to use assets, net

  $ 152,425     $ 232,381  

 

Operating lease liabilities are summarized below:

 

   

December 31, 2022

   

December 31, 2021

 

Warehouse equipment

  $ 36,170     $ 55,047  

Office

    106,601       148,529  

Office equipment

    9,654       12,677  

Vehicles

    -       16,128  

Lease liability

  $ 152,425     $ 232,381  

Less: current portion

    (64,987

)

    (74,088

)

Lease liability, non-current

  $ 87,438     $ 158,293  

 

Maturity analysis under these lease agreements are as follows:

 

Year ended December 31, 2023

  $ 72,031  

Year ended December 31, 2024

    72,294  

Year ended December 31, 2025

    20,689  

Total

  $ 165,014  

Less: Present value discount

    (12,589

)

Lease liability

  $ 152,425  

 

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During the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded right to use assets and lease liabilities in the amount of $0 and $88,359, respectively, due to the execution of new operating lease agreements. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company recorded the removal of a right to use asset and lease liability in the amount of $13,216 due to damage to the asset.

 

6. RIGHT OF USE ASSETS FINANCING LEASES

 

The Company has financing leases for vehicles and warehouse equipment. (See note 15.) Right of use asset – financing leases are summarized below:

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 

Vehicles

    404,858       362,358  

Warehouse Equipment

    555,416       555,416  

Total before accumulated depreciation

    960,274       917,774  

Less: accumulated depreciation

    (389,951

)

    (248,735

)

Total

  $ 570,323     $ 669,039  

 

Depreciation expense for the year ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 was $141,216 and $129,285, respectively.

 

During the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company recorded right of use assets and lease liabilities in the amount of $42,500 and $21,885, respectively, due to the execution of new financing lease agreements.

 

Financing lease liabilities are summarized below:

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a forklift dated July 12, 2021 in the original amount of $16,070 payable in thirty-six monthly installments of $489 including interest at the rate of 6.01%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $5,192 and $675, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $2,482 and $452, respectively.

  $ 8,396     $ 13,588  
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a pallet truck dated July 15, 2021 in the original amount of $5,816 payable in thirty-six monthly installments of $177 including interest at the rate of 6.01%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $1,879 and $244, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $898 and $163, respectively.

  $ 3,040     $ 4,918  
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for warehouse furniture and equipment truck dated October 14, 2020 in the original amount of $514,173 payable in sixty monthly installments of $9,942 including interest at the rate of 6.01%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amount of $97,964 and $21,337, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amount of $92,269 and $27,034, respectively.

  $ 301,726     $ 399,688  
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a truck dated March 31, 2020 in the original amount of $152,548 payable in eighty-four monthly installments of $2,188 including interest at the rate of 5.44%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $20,334 and $5,923, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $19,259 and $6,998, respectively.

  $ 97,685     $ 118,020  

 

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December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a truck dated November 5, 2018 in the original amount of $128,587 payable in seventy monthly installments of $2,326 including interest at the rate of 8.33%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $23,240 and $4,669, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $21,388 and $6,521 respectively.

  $ 43,287     $ 66,526  
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a truck dated August 23, 2019 in the original amount of $80,413 payable in eighty-four monthly installments of $1,148 including interest at the rate of 5.0%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $11,215 and $2,562, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $10,669 and $4,903, respectively.

  $ 45,109     $ 56,323  
                 

Financing lease obligation under a lease agreement for a truck dated February 4, 2022 in the original amount of $42,500 payable in twenty-four monthly installments of $1,963 including interest at the rate of 10.1%. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made principal and interest payments on this lease obligation in the amounts of $16,675 and $740, respectively.

  $ 25,826     $ -  
                 

Total

  $ 525,069     $ 659,063  
                 

Current portion

  $ 191,977     $ 159,823  

Long-term maturities

    333,092       499,240  

Total

  $ 525,069     $ 659,063  

 

Aggregate maturities of lease liabilities – financing leases as of December 31, 2022 are as follows:

 

For the year ended December 31,

 

2023

  $ 191,977  

2024

    171,335  

2025

    124,235  

2026

    33,174  

2027

    4,348  

Thereafter

    -  

Total

  $ 525,069  

 

7. INVESTMENTS

 

The Company has made investments in certain early stage food related companies. At December 31, 2022 and 2021 the Company had investments in seven food related companies in the aggregate amount of $286,725. At December 31, 2022, the Company made the determination that it was unlikely to recover the cost of these investments, and recorded an impairment in the amount of $286,725.

 

The Company’s investments may take the form of debt, equity, or equity in the future including convertible notes and other instruments which provide for future equity under various scenarios including subsequent financings or initial public offerings. The Company has evaluated the guidance in ASC No. 325-20, “Investments – Other”, in determining to account for the investment using the cost method since the equity securities are not marketable and do not give the Company significant influence.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2021, the founder of one of the food related companies passed away in an untimely tragic accident, and as a result the food related company ceased operations and the Company recognized an impairment in the amount of $209,850 in connection with that investment.

 

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8. INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 

The Company acquired certain intangible assets pursuant to the acquisitions through Artisan, Oasis, igourmet, OFB, Haley, and M Innovations. These assets include non-compete agreements, customer relationships, trade names, internally developed technology, and goodwill. The Company has also capitalized the development of its website.

 

Other Amortizable Intangible Assets

 

Other amortizable intangible assets consist of $1,055,400 of trade names held by igourmet, $260,422 of trade names held by Mouth, and $217,000 of trade names held by Artisan. The Company followed the guidance of ASC 360 “Property, Plant, and Equipment” (“ASC 360”) in assessing these assets for impairment. ASC 360 states that impairment testing should be completed whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the asset’s carrying value may not be recoverable. In management’s judgment there are no indications that the carrying value of these trade names may not be recoverable, and it determined that impairment testing was not required.

 

The Company acquired certain intangible assets pursuant to the acquisitions through Artisan, Oasis, igourmet, OFB, Haley, and M Innovations. The following is the net book value of these assets:

 

   

December 31, 2022

 
           

Accumulated

         
   

Cost

   

Amortization

   

Net

 

Trade Name

    1,532,822       -       1,532,822  

Internally Developed Technology

    875,643       (875,643

)

    -  

Website

    84,000       (53,006

)

    30,994  

Total

  $ 2,491,925     $ (926,649

)

  $ 1,563,276  

 

   

December 31, 2021

 
           

Accumulated

         
   

Cost

   

Amortization

   

Net

 

Trade Name

    1,532,822       -       1,532,822  

Internally Developed Technology

    875,643       (875,643

)

    -  

Website

    84,000       (11,782

)

    72,218  

Total

  $ 2,491,925     $ (887,425

)

  $ 1,604,500  

 

During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company charged to operations amortization expense in the amount of $41,224. During the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company charged to operations amortization expense in the amount of $8,912.

 

Amortization of finite life intangible assets as of December 31, 2022 is as follows:

 

Twelve months ended December 31, 2023

    30,994  

Total

  $ 30,994  

 

The trade names are not considered finite-lived assets, and are not being amortized.

 

9. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities at December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 are as follows:

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 

Trade payables and accrued liabilities

  $ 6,599,903     $ 5,414,731  

Accrued payroll and commissions

    253,350       288,174  

Total

  $ 6,853,253     $ 5,702,905  

 

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10. ACCRUED INTEREST

 

At December 31, 2022, accrued interest - on notes outstanding was $18,104.

 

At December 31, 2021, accrued interest - on notes outstanding was $29,349.

 

11. REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITIES

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

On June 6, 2022, the Company entered into a revolving credit facility (the “MapleMark Revolver”) with MapleMark Bank ("MapleMark”) in the initial amount of $2,014,333. The borrowing base amount is based upon 80% of eligible accounts receivables and 60% of eligible inventory. This amount was paid by MapleMark directly to Fifth Third Bank in satisfaction of the Fifth Third Bank Line of Credit. Any amounts borrowed under the MapleMark Revolver will bear interest at the greater of (a) the Base Rate (the rate of interest per annum quoted in the “Money Rates” section of The Wall Street Journal from time to time and designated as the “Prime Rate”) plus 0.25% per annum and (b) 3.50% per annum. At December 31, 2022, the interest rate was 7.75%. The MapleMark Revolver matures on May 27, 2023 and in the event United States Department of Agriculture issues a guarantee of repayment of the MapleMark Revolver in favor of the Company pursuant to its Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program (the “USDA Guarantee”), at the Company’s option, the amount of the MapleMark Revolver can be expanded to $3,000,000 and its term extended to November 28, 2023. The Company has applied for a USDA Guarantee; at December 31, 2022, this guarantee had not yet been received. The MapleMark Revolver contains certain negative covenants. The Company is also subject to a fixed charge coverage ratio covenant for the Revolver Loan as described in more detail in the MapleMark Revolver. The Company recorded a discount to this loan in the amount of $29,832 in connection with financing costs which was amortized to interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2022. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company paid interest in the amount of $71,145 on the MapleMark Revolver.

  $ 2,014,333     $ -  
                 

Line of credit facility with Fifth Third Bank in the original amount of $2,000,000 with an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.00% (the “Fifth Third Bank Line of Credit”). Effective August 1, 2019, this credit facility was extended to August 1, 2021. Effective as of July 31, 2021 this credit facility was extended to November 1, 2021: effective as of October 29, 2021, this credit facility was extended to March 1, 2022; and effective March 1, 2022, this credit facility was extended to June 30, 2022. The debt covenants of this credit facility were waived until June 30, 2022. On March 20, 2020, the Company drew down the amount of $2,000,000. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company paid interest in the amount of $47,389 on the Fifth Third Bank Line of Credit. On June 9, 2022, the total outstanding principal in the amount of $2,000,000 and accrued interest in the amount of $14,333 were paid directly to Fifth Third Bank by MapleMark in connection with the MapleMark Revolver. As of December 31, 2022, the Fifth Third Bank Line of Credit is paid in full.

  $ -     $ 2,000,000  
                 

Total

  $ 2,014,333     $ 2,000,000  

 

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12. NOTES PAYABLE

 

   

December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

On June 6, 2022, the Company entered into a term loan agreement with MapleMark (the “MapleMark Term Loan 1”) for the original amount of $5,324,733. This amount was paid by MapleMark directly to Fifth Third Bank in satisfaction the outstanding principal and interest due under existing loans with Fifth Third Bank. The MapleMark Term Loan 1 matures on May 27, 2023. Upon receipt of the USDA Guarantee, the Company will have the option of extending the term of the MapleMark Term Loan 1 to June 6, 2052.

 

Amounts outstanding under the Term Loans will bear interest at the rate equal to the lesser of (a) the Maximum Lawful Rate, or (b) the greater of (i) WSJP (the “Prime Rate” as published by The Wall Street Journal) plus 1.25% per annum or (ii) 4.50% per annum. At December 31, 2022, the interest rate was 8.75%. The MapleMark loan matures on May 27, 2023 and in the event United States Department of Agriculture issues a guarantee of repayment of the MapleMark loan in favor of the Company pursuant to its Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program (the “USDA Guarantee”), at the Company’s option, the amount of the MapleMark loan can be expanded to $7,775,680. The Company has applied for a USDA Guarantee; at December 31, 2022, this guarantee had not yet been received. The Term Loan Agreements contain negative covenants that, subject to certain exceptions, limits the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, make restricted payments, pledge their assets as security, make investments, loans, advances, guarantees and acquisitions, undergo fundamental changes and enter into transactions with affiliates. The Term Loan Agreements also provides that the Company and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, meet a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio as described in detail in the Loan Agreements. The Term Loan Agreements contain events of default that are customary for a facility of this nature, including (subject in certain cases to grace periods and thresholds) nonpayment of principal, nonpayment of interest, fees or other amounts, material inaccuracy of representations and warranties, violation of covenants, cross-default to certain other existing indebtedness, bankruptcy or insolvency events, and certain judgment defaults as specified in the Term Loan Agreements. If an event of default occurs, the maturity of the amounts owed under the Term Loan Agreements may be accelerated. The obligations under the Term Loan Agreements are guaranteed by the Company and IFP and are secured by mortgages on their real estate located in Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and substantially all of their assets, in each case, subject to certain exceptions and permitted liens. The Company recorded a discount to this loan in the amount of $57,106 in connection with financing costs which was amortized to interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2022. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company accrued interest in the amount of $219,238 on this loan.

  $ 5,324,733     $ -  

 

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December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

On June 6, 2022, the Company entered into a term loan agreement with MapleMark (the “MapleMark Term Loan 2”) for the original amount of $356,800. This amount was paid by MapleMark directly to Fifth Third Bank in satisfaction the outstanding principal and interest due under existing loans with Fifth Third Bank. The MapleMark Term Loan 2 matures on May 27, 2023. Upon receipt of the USDA Guarantee, the Company will have the option of extending the term of the Term Loan 2 to June 6, 2052.

 

Amounts outstanding under the Term Loans will bear interest at the rate equal to the lesser of (a) the Maximum Lawful Rate, or (b) the greater of (i) WSJP (the “Prime Rate” as published by The Wall Street Journal) plus 1.25% per annum or (ii) 4.50% per annum. At December 31, 2022, the interest rate was 8.75%, The MapleMark loan matures on May 27, 2023 and in the event United States Department of Agriculture issues a guarantee of repayment of the MapleMark loan in favor of the Company pursuant to its Food & Supply Guaranteed Loan Facility (the “USDA Guarantee”), at the Company’s option, the amount of the MapleMark loan can be expanded to $2,680,000. The Company has applied for a USDA Guarantee; at December 31, 2022, this guarantee had not yet been received. The Term Loan Agreements contain negative covenants that, subject to certain exceptions, limits the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to, among other things, incur additional indebtedness, make restricted payments, pledge their assets as security, make investments, loans, advances, guarantees and acquisitions, undergo fundamental changes and enter into transactions with affiliates. The Term Loan Agreements also provides that the Company and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, meet a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio as described in detail in the Loan Agreements. The Term Loan Agreements contain events of default that are customary for a facility of this nature, including (subject in certain cases to grace periods and thresholds) nonpayment of principal, nonpayment of interest, fees or other amounts, material inaccuracy of representations and warranties, violation of covenants, cross-default to certain other existing indebtedness, bankruptcy or insolvency events, and certain judgment defaults as specified in the Term Loan Agreements. If an event of default occurs, the maturity of the amounts owed under the Term Loan Agreements may be accelerated. The obligations under the Term Loan Agreements are guaranteed by the Company and IFP and are secured by mortgages on their real estate located in Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania and substantially all of their assets, in each case, subject to certain exceptions and permitted liens. The Company recorded a discount to this loan in the amount of $23,367 in connection with financing costs which was amortized to interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2022. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company accrued interest in the amount of $14,690 on this loan.

  $ 356,800     $ -  
                 

Secured mortgage note payable for the acquisition of land and building in Bonita Springs, Florida in the amount of $546,000. Principal payments of $4,550 plus interest at the rate of Libor plus 3% are due monthly. The balance of the principal amount was originally due February 28, 2018. On March 23, 2018 and effective February 26, 2018, this note was amended and renewed in the amount of $273,000, with monthly payments of principal and interest of $4,550 payable through the maturity date of February 28, 2023. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made payments of principal and interest on this note in the amounts of $22,750 and $655, respectively. On June 9, 2022, the principal and interest due on this note in the amount of $45,500 and $66, respectively, were paid directly to Fifth Third Bank by MapleMark in connection with MapleMark Term Loan 2.

  $ -     $ 68,250  
                 

Secured mortgage note payable for the acquisition of land and building in Broadview, Illinois in the amount of $980,000. Principal payments of $8,167 plus interest at the rate of LIBOR plus 2.75% are due monthly through April 2020, the remaining principal balance in the amount of $490,000 was originally due May 29, 2020. Effective May 29, 2020, the note was amended and renewed such that principal payments of $8,303 plus accrued interest were due beginning June 29, 2020 and continuing for sixty months; the entire principal balance and all accrued interest will be due on May 29, 2025. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made payments of principal and interest on this note in the amounts of $40,833 and $3,781, respectively. On June 9, 2022, the principal and interest due on this note in the amount of $310,333 and $901, respectively, were paid directly to Fifth Third Bank by Maple Mark in connection with MapleMark Term Loan 2.

  $ -     $ 351,165  

 

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December 31,

2022

   

December 31,

2021

 
                 

Promissory note dated March 22, 2019 in the original amount of $391,558 (the “Artisan Equipment Loan”) payable to Fifth Third Bank. This loan is secured by the Company’s tangible and intangible personal property and bears interest at the rate of 5.20%. The entire principal balance and all accrued interest is due on the maturity date of March 21, 2024. Monthly payments in the amount of $7,425 including principal and interest commenced in April, 2019. During the year ended December 31, 2019, equipment financed under the Artisan Equipment Loan in the amount of $33,075 was returned for credit. During year ended December 31, 2022, the Company made payments of principal and interest on this loan in the amounts of $30,523 and $3,467, respectively. On June 9, 2022, the principal and interest due on this note in the amount of $141,623 and $143, respectively, were paid directly to Fifth Third Bank by MapleMark in connection with MapleMark Term Loan 1.

  $ -     $ 172,146  
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