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Strong food system supports R.I.’s economy, culture, people

Rhode Island is known for its food. The state’s reputation goes beyond our excellent eateries. The local food industry is often cited as an...
SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...

Philanthropy Calendar, Aug. 10, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com or research@PBN.com at least four weeks in...
Swimmers and kayakers in the fourth wave of the 40th Save The Bay Swim in August 2016 get ready to start their 1.7-nautical-mile challenge from Newport to Jamestown. The 42nd annual event will take place Saturday, Aug. 4. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY

Philanthropy Calendar, Aug. 3, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com or research@PBN.com at least four weeks in...
FRESH snacks: Lauren Ruggiero holds her chihuahua, Maui. Ruggiero launched Buppy Pets out of Hope & Main in Warren a year ago to produce made-from-scratch, healthy dog treats.
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Healthy treats pets will eat

After watching multiple Netflix documentaries about the harmful impacts of too much sugar, fat and low-quality food in her and her husband’s diets, Lauren...
STEADY SELLER: Erika Lamb is the owner and CEO of SecondsFirst, which creates fish cakes for sale to food banks and institutional customers. She sells between 3,000 and 5,000 fish cakes a month. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Protein-rich fish cakes a bargain for food banks

Misshaped vegetables and fish that lack a local market are the key ingredients in the fish cakes produced by a new company, SecondsFirst LLC. The...
ARTISAN TEA: Michelle Cheng, owner and founder of Leafy Green, a tea company based out of Hope & Main in Warren, prioritizes single-origin tea leaves purchased directly from farmers to elevate her tea to “artisan status.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tea offers fresh taste of China

Growing up in China, ­Michelle Cheng and her family drank tea daily. At age 13, Cheng and her family immigrated to the United States,...
CENTRAL LOCATION: David Dadekian, owner and founder of Eat Drink RI, stands in front of the site of the former Shooters nightclub at 25 India St. in Providence, where he has proposed to create Central Market, a retail center where the public can gather and experience the best of the state’s small food-production businesses. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Local food businesses excited for Eat Drink RI’s Central Market

After being named Whiskey Magazine’s 2017 American Craft Producer of the Year, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. wants to expand its footprint from South...
HOPE & MAIN and Crave Food Systems have launched an app to help local people buy local food.

Hope & Main serves up high-tech method to purchase local food

WARREN – Food-business incubator Hope & Main is bringing its small businesses online. The group has teamed up with Providence-based food-technology company Crave Food Systems...
SPENT GRAIN: OurGrain is a startup that reuses grain from beer-making to create other products, such as bagel bites and cookies. Co-founders from left: (rear) ­Victor Eng and Sam Burges, (front) ­Samantha Gannon, Nicole Gresko and Natasha B. Daniels. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

From beer making to baked goods

Ever wonder what happens to grain after it’s used to make beer? It’s called “spent grain” and a group of current and former Johnson &...

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