Food & Agriculture

Bruce Newbury

Food trucks in demand

The food-truck phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down. Food trucks, as opposed to food carts, are equipped with facilities to store and cook...
NEWPORT has voted to grant permits to food trucks and carts. Above, a crowd gathers at a Friday night food truck gathering at Roger Williams Park in Providence in 2016. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Food trucks roll in Newport

NEWPORT – A summer-long debate on allowing food trucks to sell on the streets of Newport was finally resolved Wednesday evening.The Newport City Council,...
FOOD AND FOUNDATION: Not only does Blount Fine Foods Executive Vice President Bob Sewall travel the country promoting Blount products, he started his own charity to help the needy. 
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Bob Sewall, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner BOB SEWALL | Executive vice president of sales and marketing, Blount Fine Foods Corp.FALL RIVER-BASED Blount Fine Foods...
A GREENER THUMB: James Wilkinson had an advantage when he launched SeaScape Lawn Care Inc. in 1992: He has a degree in horticulture and a doctorate in agronomy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

James Wilkinson, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner JAMES WILKINSON | President, SeaScape Lawn Care Inc.NECESSITY IS INDEED the mother of invention for James Wilkinson, president...
NOAA HAS SETTLED its civil case against Carlos Rafael, known as the "Codfather," for $3 million and requirements that Rafael relinquish his permits and divest from his fishing assets. NOAA said the settlement will speed up the return of Rafael's assets to productive use. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MARK ELIAS

Civil case against ‘Codfather’ settled for $3 million and a divestiture...

NEW BEDFORD – The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it had settled the federal civil case against Carlos Rafael and his fishing...
Bruce Newbury

Can so many new restaurants capture our fancy?

Two new restaurants have just opened in Newport. An Italian bistro called Vieste is now in the original Stoneacre space on lower Thames Street....
MIKE ZECHMEISTER is departing his chief financial officer role at UNFI for a chief financial officer role at a Minneapolis-based logistics company. / COURTESY UNITED NATURAL FOODS INC.

UNFI CFO Zechmeister to exit company

PROVIDENCE – United Natural Foods Inc. Chief Financial Officer Mike Zechmeister will resign effective Aug. 23, the company announced this week.The company said the...

At Blount, looking out for workers
 also boosts community

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 500-1,999 EMPLOYEES #4: Blount Fine Foods Inc.CEO (or equivalent): Todd Blount, CEO and president Number of employees: 716Although Blount Fine...
Bruce Newbury

In search of the next R.I. hot foodie spot

The recent honorees of Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty awards program make a positive statement about our state and its promise. There are...
LOCAL HERBS: Sisters Christina Dedora, right, owner, and Cheryl Pynn run Sanctuary Herbs, a small business that makes herbal teas. Sanctuary buys fresh herbs from local farmers and dries them in its facility in Pawtucket.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhody-grown herbal teas

After 13 years of farming – growing flowers, herbs and vegetables on state-owned, cooperative land – Christina Dedora was ready to simplify her work...
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