MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 17, 2021

End of Days Distillery
Year founded: 2020
Number of employees: 21
Top official: Beth and Shane Faulkner, cofounders
Company description: Craft distillery Target market: Those over 21 years of age who appreciate finely crafted spirits
Company growth: “We have grown to producing five ultrapremium, award-winning spirits; ready-to-drink canned cocktails; and are actively barrel-aging several different spirits in our rickhouse. Our spirits can be found in almost all ABC stores from the Outer Banks to Western North Carolina.”
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “End of Days Distillery has been fortunate to become a tourist destination for both in-state and out-of- state visitors. They come for the experience we offer and then take back to their hometown our spirits to enjoy with family and friends, thereby expanding the reach. We are located in The Cargo District, which is an area that is growing exponentially. As the first distillery in Wilmington to offer tours and tastings, we have been able to bring something new and unique to our city.”
What are your future goals for the product? “Our aging spirits are an exciting area of growth. In addition, we plan to launch canned ready-to-drink cocktails into ABC distribution in the near future.” 

MeMa's Chick'n' & Ribs
Year founded: 2016
Number of employees: 6
Top official: Myra McDuffie, owner
Company description: “MeMa’s is a family-oriented restaurant, bringing Southern cuisine and smoked meats to Burgaw.”
Target market: Tourists and locals
Company growth: “Our new bigger location at the Creek as well as marketing our own barbecue sauce and rub are just a few of the advances made. We also are adding employees and financially have grown as a company.”
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “MeMa’s is dedicated to giving back to their community. It also brings plenty of tourists from off the highway and into Burgaw.”
What are your future goals for the product? “We are always looking to expand. The Creek is our newest venture, as we move out of the shopping center and into our own independent space, which will be bigger and better.” 

Noni Bacca Winery
Year founded: 2007
Number of employees: 4
Top official: Toni and Ken Incorvaia, managing members
Company description: Family-owned and -operated winery boutique offering over 50 varieties of wine produced on-premise; offering winemaking education, ingredients and equipment to the local community
Target market: Wine enthusiasts over 21 years of age
Company growth: “Our company has grown significantly over the 15+ years we’ve been in business. Our business is sought out by wine enthusiasts looking to visit wineries. Our online reviews drive traffic to our business creating new visitors almost daily creating residual sales via shipping countrywide.”
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “Anytime a small business succeeds in a community, it adds to the economic development of the region. When people go out of their way to come to your business, then also visit others.”
What are your future goals for the product? “My future goals for our product is to increase production capacity and offer our wine in multiple locations across the state and perhaps a second tasting room in a neighboring county.”

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