The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has received a $20,500 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubator Support Program.
The incubator will use the LED funding to buy commercial processing equipment — a 150-gallon steel tank and blender — to increase the production capabilities of the incubator’s tenants, said Gayle Sandoz, LSU AgCenter Food Incubator director.
“Local companies have pitched in to make the incubator a fast-growing food entrepreneur hub,” Sandoz said. “One of the tenants, Hanley’s Foods, is only eight months old, and its new sensation salad dressing “is flying off of the shelves,” she added.
Associated Grocers, which supplies independent grocers, donated two booth spaces to incubator clients at the grocers’ semi-annual show, Sandoz said. Two of the participants, Elkarita and Hanley’s Foods, made connections with a large number of stores at the show.
Richard Hanley said he made so many connections with stores that he became an Associated Grocers supplier, with the company fulfilling orders for his 50 customers.