Watching well-established brands lend a hand to the local producers and startup businesses that are making their way in the industry is something we here at Deli Market News rejoice in seeing. Recently, Raley’s, a popular California-based retailer, announced that it would be sponsoring the food lab portion of The [email protected], an incubator designed for use by startups and ag-tech food companies.
“We get a lot of requests from businesses and young entrepreneurs who want to get on our shelves,” said Chelsea Minor, Corporate Director of Public Affairs. “We like and prefer to support local as much as possible. To get [small companies] across the finish line, to get them to qualify for the retail space, is a huge challenge.”
Raley’s has long supported local producers, and its investment into what is being called The Raley’s Food Lab strengthens this commitment. The facility will offer a space for food startup companies to develop new products, ingredients, and recipes. The wet lab portion will have a dedicated space of 4,800 square feet.
According to a report from Sacramento Business Journal, the [email protected] will be one of the largest wet-lab incubator facilities in California, as well as the only combination incubator space with both a wet lab and food lab in the state.
Companies working on their products here have the additional benefit of Raley’s partnership. The West Sacramento-based grocery chain will provide mentorship for startups on beginning commercial production of their products, including advice on packaging and connecting with co-packing facilities.
With its commitment to driving forward the evolving grocery industry and food space, Deli Market News will continue to bring you the latest on Raley’s and its efforts to support the development of local producers.