Food & Agriculture

A RETAIL GROCERY STORE has bought the name and logo of Benny's. The shop will be located in Richmond. Currently, there is no grand opening date set.

Richmond grocery store buys Benny’s name, logo

RICHMOND – A new grocery store, Benny’s Fresh Market, is coming to Richmond.The store is not affiliated with the old Benny’s, however, although Menta...

Narragansett Brewing among highest brewers sales volume in U.S. in 2018

PROVIDENCE – Narragansett Brewing Co. was named among the largest craft brewers by sales volume in the nation by the Brewers Association trade group...

R.I. meal, beverage tax collections decline 3.9% in 2018

PROVIDENCE – Meal and beverage tax collections from Rhode Island restaurants declined 3.9 percent in 2018 to $14.6 million compared with the $15.2 million...
RAPID RESPONSE: Sejal Patel, foreground, co-owns the new Firehouse Subs franchise in Cranston. She’s pictured with Alicia Martinelli, shift leader, and Sovannara Keo, crew member, in the background. The business collects donations for grants awarded to police and fire departments.
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Franchisee: Sejal and Harsh Patel

Sejal and Harsh Patel | Firehouse Subs | 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 108, CranstonThe pitch: Firehouse Subs makes and sells sub sandwiches and...

Global fishing conglomerate to acquire Rhode Island’s Seafreeze Ltd.

NORTH KINGSTOWN – An affiliate of European commercial fishing conglomerate Profand Fishing Holding has a pending agreement to buy Seafreeze Ltd., the family-owned mainstay...
UNITED NATURAL FOODS reported a loss of $341.7 million in the quarter ended Jan. 26.

UNFI reports $341.7M loss related to SUPERVALU writedowns, costs

PROVIDENCE – United Natural Foods Inc. reported a loss of $341.7 million in the quarter ended Jan. 26, largely related to the company’s acquisition...
CHRISTIANSEN'S DAIRY CO., a family-owned dairy business first founded in 1928, will cease operations next Saturday./COURTESY GOOGLE INC.

Christiansen’s Dairy Co. to close after more than 90 years in...

NORTH PROVIDENCE — A longtime dairy institution will be permanently closing its doors next weekend.Christiansen’s Dairy Co., operating as Christiansen’s Milk at 1728 Smith...
AMAZON.COM is planning to expand its grocery footprint beyond Whole Foods, according to the Wall street Journal. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MIKE KANE

Amazon plans to open dozens of grocery stores, WSJ reports

NEW YORK - Amazon.com Inc. plans to open dozens of grocery stores in United States cities, The Wall Street Journal reported, a move that...
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An Ocean State restaurant boomlet

The restaurant industry in Rhode Island continues to excel. During mid-February, more national and international accolades came our state’s way with the AAA Four...
ON A MISSION: Minnie Luong, head of kimchi producer Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, said it’s her mission to educate people about the unique Korean dish made from salted and seasoned fermented vegetables.
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Food entrepreneur finds future by connecting with the past

Minnie Luong, head of Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, came to the United States as a small child, in dramatic fashion.“I was born on a...
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