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From Your Farm To Amy’s Kitchen
The Greenville Area Development Corporation, Clemson University Small Business Development Center, and Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program recently collaborated to introduce Amy’s Kitchen to South Carolina’s growers, processors and researchers. More than 60 interested parties attended this invitation only event held at Clemson at the Falls on Monday June 6th, 2011.
John Aselage, the Organic Agriculture Manager for Amy’s Kitchen, introduced the company to the group and provided valuable insight during open discussion including relaying information regarding how to do business with Amy’s Kitchen. Attendees were given the opportunity to interact with each other and a representative from the nation’s leading natural frozen food brand.
“South Carolina agriculture has a lot to offer the organic industry and Amy’s Kitchen. Clemson University did an impressive job of bringing together a quality and diverse group of interested parties. We look forward to partnering with regional processors, growers and other service providers,” Aselage said.
Amy’s Kitchen announced in mid-May that it would invest $63 million in the development of their new Upstate facility, resulting in the generation of more than 700 jobs over the course of six years. Tavia Gaddy, Project Manager for GADC said “These are very exciting times for agriculture in S.C. Having Amy’s Kitchen as an industrial neighbor is giving opportunities to those interested in becoming organic farmer’s additional motivation to do so. This is a great opportunity for everyone willing to take advantage of it.”
Scott Whelchel, Area Manager for the Greenville office of the Clemson University SBDC said “Clemson University is honored to play a part in the economic development of the Upstate. Facilitating and fostering connections between the community, businesses and the public sector is a part of our mission and our mind-set.”