Nov. 3, 2015

The Face of Local Food

The Face of Local Food

Video Portraits of some of the dedicated food providers at the Boise Farmers Market, produced by Guy Hand

Jun. 10, 2015

Companies flocking to Idaho make food processing a growth industry

GoGo squeeZ is one of the latest additions to a growing list of food manufacturers choosing either to relocate to Idaho or to expand operations already here. The roster of companies includes some of the largest job creators in recent years, many of whom complement Idaho’s bulwark industry, agriculture.

From 2004 to 2013, the number of Idaho food manufacturers rose 29 percent, to 302. The industry was Idaho’s 11th largest employer in 2014, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce, and it accounted for 18 percent of all foreign exports.

Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said Idaho is building its reputation as a destination for food manufacturing. His evidence: Idaho’s concentration of such businesses is twice the national average. “Facts are facts,” Sayer said. “Idaho is a food state.”

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Jul. 26, 2015

LA Times: Chill but changing downtown Boise boasts a sophisticated food scene

Oh, beloved Boise, or Boy-C, as the locals pronounce it. Spend a weekend in this rapidly changing Idaho city and you realize why its downtown has been rated as among the top 10 in the U.S. It also features cultural attractions such as the Basque Block and the Boise Philharmonic, and it's minutes (not hours) to hiking and biking trails.

My friend and I hit Boise this spring, finding a surprisingly sophisticated, expanding food and microbrewery scene, making this chill Northwestern town of sandstone and green open spaces a nice weekend (or longer) destination.

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Oct. 1, 2015

Man vs. Food: Going Basque in Boise

Adam Richman, from the TLC series Man vs. Food, recently made a stop in Boise Idaho to participate in the annual Basque street festival. He got a chance to experience many aspects of Boise's Basque culture including the food, the wine, and even a little bit of dancing. 

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May. 21, 2015

Built in Boise: From Social Entrepreneurs to Food Innovators

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From social entrepreneurs to food innovators, here is a roundup of profiles from the last 30 days:

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Oct. 5, 2015

Built in Boise: Virtual Reality to Organic Food

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been crafting more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From virtual reality to code school and organic food, here is a roundup of profiles from August and September... 

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Mar. 18, 2015

College of Western Idaho Launches Self-Service Food Market

by College of Western Idaho News

The College of Western Idaho has partnered with Canteen, a national vending machine operating company, to provide a self-service food and vending market. The project kicked off with a micro-market that is open for business at the Ada County Campus Pintail Center, offering fresh food, snacks and drinks available for purchase. The micro-market, which is based on the concept of an honor system for payment, will be in operation for the next six months to determine the success and feasibility of expanding the service amongst other locations. 

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Aug. 1, 2014

StartupGrind with Direct Local Food’s Christina McAlpin

Christina McAlpin (Direct Local Food) at Startup Grind Boise

StartupGrind Boise's Jessica Whiting sits down with Direct Local Food founder Christina McAlpin

Feb. 23, 2015

Flagship Food Group Wins Prestigious Walmart Innovation Award

by Admin

Flagship Food Group’s North America division, headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, won the prestigious 2015 Innovation Award at Walmart’s annual vendor summit. Flagship beat out big names like Keurig and Apple at this year’s summit.

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Apr. 21, 2016

American Food Equipment Company to Break Ground in Caldwell for Company Expansion

by Admin

American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

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Sep. 24, 2015

Canyon County Co-op Comes to Life

by Marissa Lovell

Big ideas grow in the Boise Valley everyday. Sometimes, those ideas must be uprooted and replanted in a greener meadow. That is the course taken by the Canyon County Co-op, who has gone from seeding a dream to cultivating a reality.

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Jan. 13, 2016

Canyon County Co-op Set to Open Jan.19

The Canyon County Co-op is set to open its doors to the public next Tuesday, January 19. To say Canyon County is excited for their new co-op is an understatement. Organizers initially anticipated selling 600-700 memberships at $65 apiece by opening day, but approximately 1,500 people had signed up by the end of the first week of January—with more memberships being sold every day. 

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Dec. 28, 2014

What to expect at the Canyon County Co-op

In its first week of sales, the Canyon County Co-op sold more than 100 memberships, a third of the way to its goal of selling 300 by the spring, said founding member Sarah Nelson. A group of residents and downtown business owners came together to bring the co-op to Nampa after the Boise Co-op announced in July that it will open its second location in Meridian, despite Nampa’s efforts to bring it farther west. The new co-op will be the fourth in Idaho, according to the Cooperative Grocer Network, along with the Boise Co-op, Pocatello Co-op and Moscow Co-op. The 4,935-square-foot store will be at 1415 First St. S., a building now occupied by Snake River Crossfit, which is moving to a new location in Nampa. It is scheduled to open this summer.

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Jul. 13, 2015

3 Perfect Days in Boise, the Best Place You’ve Never Been

There's no better guide to a city than an enthusiastic transplant. Longtime locals, while knowledgeable, tend to stick with what they know, but an eager newbie is who I want showing me the ropes. They are the ones trying out all the old attractions along with the newest businesses to hit the block. The spirit of a tourist with the know-how of a local.

That person for me in Boise, Idaho, is my sister Stacey. She and her husband moved there a few years ago and have become unpaid representatives of the Chamber of Commerce. When my husband and I visited, we half expected our weekend to be filled with house showings (my sister is also on a mission to bring everyone she loves to Boise for good). She was right: By the end of our long weekend, I was seriously considering giving her realtor a call. It turns out Boise is full of surprises.  

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May. 19, 2015

Non-dairy MELT is spreading to new markets

MELT, a non-dairy buttery spread, is expanding. Its maker, Prosperity Organic Foods, moved April 26 from the downtown Boise’s Belgravia Building to larger quarters in the nearby Garro Building. The company hired five new employees between February and April, to 11 full-time employee positions. Prosperity’s expected revenues of $2.5 million this year are 60 percent higher than last year’s, said President and CEO Meg Carlson.

The company secured $3.5 million from current and new investors last year in its fourth round of funding. Treasure Valley Angel Fund has invested in two rounds of funding, in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, Prosperity, which started in 2008 in Hailey, is using a $450,000 Small Business Administration grant to develop new products, including one aimed at reducing childhood obesity that is due to start production this year.

Prosperity’s signature MELT product, a dairy-free butter substitute, is made at ZoRoCo Packaging in Caldwell. MELT entered Whole Foods in 2012 and sales are up 50 percent at that national grocer from a year ago, said Carlson. Carlson, a veteran of the food industry who started her career at Ore-Ida in the 1980s, is now working with Costco to come up with a product size that the chain can work with. She sees growth ahead. “There are many other smaller and natural and organic markets around the country, and we’re only in 25 percent of them,” Carlson said. “It’s time for us to be more present. We’re starting to reach that critical mass of consumers who have discovered MELT and incorporate it into their regular routine. It’s a staple and something you buy every time you go to the grocery store.”

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Nov. 12, 2015

Welcome to the New Boise Co-op in the Village at Meridian

The Boise Co-op opened it's doors at their newest Meridian location this week. While the North End location is the flagship store, the new 25,000-square-foot location is equivalent to the original market, the Co-op Wine Shop and the Pet Shop combined. The look and feel of the Village at Meridian store is also different from what longtime Co-op customers have come to know. The new shop also includes a cooking classroom complete with a kitchen slated to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 18. 

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Jul. 29, 2015

Jaialdi 2015 Guide

by Admin

Jaialdi 2015 is here! The six-day festival includes traditional sports, dancing, music, food and drinks and much more.  Check the schedule and starting planning for one of the largest Basque festivals in the world. 

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Aug. 27, 2015

Why I Could Live in Boise

While we were planning our six week road trip around the U.S. we knew we needed to make a stop to recover from several nights of camping at Grand Tetons and Yellowstone before driving on to Bend, Oregon and Crater Lake National Park.

Boise was the perfect distance. But we’d never been to Boise or knew much about it at all. We definitely weren’t expecting to absolutely love it.

After five weeks on the road, my husband asked me where I would like if I could live any of the places we’d been so far. St. Paul, MN was gorgeous, but I know I couldn’t survive the winters there. “Honestly…..I think Boise is the only place we’ve visited that I can really see myself living.” To my surprise, he agreed. Boise is cool, y’all.

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Nov. 14, 2016

Top 5 Things To Do In Boise

Idahoans take their spuds seriously.

It was our first meal in Boise and we walked two blocks from the Grove Hotel in the heart of downtown to the Boise Fry Company, perhaps the city’s most famous restaurant and a popular tourist attraction. “Would you like burgers on the side?” our server Brad Walker jokingly asked as we browsed the menu board showing fries made from six different types of locally grown potatoes — russet, purple, gold, sweet, laura and yam. They come in five different cuts and are offered with a choice of nine types of house-made sauces and 10 varieties of salt.

We opted for heaping bowls of home-style purple and laura fries topped with garlic salt and accompanied with raspberry ketchup. And we got grass-fed bison burgers on the side, but more as an afterthought. We had come for the potatoes. “Our fries are really the showcase main course,” said Walker, who doubles as the restaurant’s interim CEO. “That’s how we like to play it, since we’re in Idaho.”

As we learned during a recent 72-hour visit to Boise, Idaho’s capital and largest city offers visitors a menu of activities, sightseeing and food much more diverse than its large variety of potatoes. We found a city with a vibrant nightlife, arts community, plenty of trendy, farm-to-table restaurants serving locally made craft beers and wines, and enough outdoor venues to please any hiker, skier or biker. It wasn’t the boring, northern plains dullsville I had been anticipating.

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