Food & Agriculture

THE NONPROFIT Edesia has been selected to participate in the Spring 2019 Chobani Incubator cohort. Above, a nut butter product from the nonprofit's recently launched U.S. commercial segment, the MeWe brand. / COURTESY EDESIA

Edesia selected to participate in Chobani Incubator

PROVIDENCE – Edesia Inc. was selected to participate in the Chobani Incubator, the organizations announced this week.Edesia was chosen to participate to grow and...
STEVEN HOFFMAN, chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, speaks with several businesspeople after giving a speech before the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. / PBN PHOTO/WILLIAM HAMILTON

Mass. cannabis official cautions R.I. on legalization issues

PROVIDENCE -- One of Massachusetts' top cannabis officials offered advice for Rhode Island Tuesday morning as state lawmakers here kick off the debate on...
Taylor Farms, a producer of fresh snacks and salads, will occupy a site in the Quonset Business Park. It expects to hire 250 people./COURTESY TAYLOR FARMS.

Taylor Farms, fresh foods producer, to begin operations in Quonset

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Taylor Farms California Inc., a producer of fresh salads and prepared foods, has purchased a 107,000 square-foot center in Quonset Business...
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Culinary roads lead to and from Newport

Castle Hill Inn executive chef Lou Rossi and his culinary team recently prepared a unique foodie weekend featuring the flavors of the American South,...
MIX IT UP: Chi Foods CEO Minnie Luong stirs the ingredients for a fresh batch of kimchi in the company’s kitchen.

Chi Foods develops recipe for success

Chi Foods LLC  Emerging Manufacturer | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsMinnie Luong was living in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment a few years ago when she decided...
SOUPED UP: From left, Courtney Blount Hamilton, receptionist; Rachael Blount Girard, food-service national accounts market manager; Myvette Sousa, executive assistant in corporate services; and Lisa Blount White, logistics accountant, show off some of the products made at Blount Fine Foods.

Blount Fine Foods finds the right ingredients for success

Blount Fine Foods Corp. Family-owned Business | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsFamilies adapt to change, face challenges together and help others when they can.A family business started...
FOOD INSPECTORS: Employee Maria Velez, left, and CEO Navyn Salem check food packages as they move along the production line at the Edesia plant in North Kingstown.

Edesia assembles ready-to-use remedy for the world’s hungriest

Edesia INC. Overall Excellence, 50-149 employees | 2019 PBN Manufacturing AwardsProducing peanut-based, ready-to-use foods that help treat different degrees of malnutrition experienced by pregnant women...
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...
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