Food & Agriculture

Upserve acquires SimpleOrder inventory-management platform

PROVIDENCE – Restaurant software company Upserve has acquired SimpleOrder, an inventory-management firm, which is now known as Upserve Inventory, the company announced.Upserve’s Pro customers...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island receives $4.6M in federal funds to launch...

PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has received $4.6 million to help encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants across New England to increase their...
A FEAST & FETTLE employee prepares a meal for delivery to clients stretching all across Rhode Island. PHOTO BY STACEY DOYLE / COURTESY FEAST & FETTLE

Local meal prep, delivery service launches online call for equity

PROVIDENCE - Identifying and securing capital is a well-known challenge for Rhode Island businesses, which is why Feast & Fettle Inc. looked to a...
Bruce Newbury

Lobster rolls still king in Rhode Island

There are very few dishes in the Ocean State that can start conversations, even arguments, as a lobster roll can.It is one of the...

Eater Boston: Bucktown to open location in Boston

PROVIDENCE – Bucktown is expanding to Boston, according to Eater Boston Tuesday.The Federal Hill purveyor of southern comfort-food cuisine will set up its second...
FINISHED PRODUCT: Sam Fox, a former assistant manager at Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, shows a handful of finished compost. The farm is the state’s largest facility at which commercial-scale food-waste producers can divert materials to keep them out of the Central Landfill in Johnston.
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PBN on WJAR-TV, July 30, 2018

With its only landfull nearing capacity, Rhode Island is off to a slow start trying to curb food waste Every week, PBN Editor Mark S....
WHILE LICENSED TO OPERATE, the anaerobic digester located at the Central Landfill in Johnston and built by Blue Sphere Corp., is still not operating anywhere near full capacity, citing issues with cold winter weather. / COURTESY BLUE SPHERE CORP.

Winter weather continues to delay anaerobic digester start

JOHNSTON – Anaerobic digestion was meant to be the answer to Rhode Island’s 2016 food-waste ban, but more than six months after the licensure...
COMPOST CENTRAL: Jayne Merner Senecal, owner of Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, the largest commercial-scale licensed composting facility in the state, with Jeff Glover, farm support, who is holding a grabber and bucket that he uses to clean the piles of unwanted items. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Does Rhode Island have right approach on food waste?

Tucked in a residential neighborhood of mostly rural Charlestown is the state’s largest commercial-scale compost-processing facility.Second-generation Earth Care Farm owner Jayne Merner Senecal, whose...

In regulation, the small things add up fast

The pervasiveness of state-imposed regulations has been a topic of contention for years among the business community in Rhode Island.“Manufacturing employers there are...
FEEDING A NEED: The recent removal of the requirement that certain food trucks register in every municipality they operate in has the potential to grow the sector, with events such as this 2016 Food Truck Friday in Roger Williams Park happening in more places across the state. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Is simplifying R.I. regulatory approach finally happening?

Over-regulation is a top-of-mind complaint from nearly any businessperson, nowhere more so than in Rhode Island, where the topic has been targeted as one...
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