Print
More News

MADE Winners - Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 1, 2019

Tama Tea

tamacafe.com

Year founded:
2015
 
Number of employees: 20
 
Top official: Rocco Quaranto, Wells Struble, Kelly Struble (all co-founders)
 
Company description: “We are a tea and coffee cafe focused on bringing a tea product to customers in a small coffee shop environment. Our new sparkling tea line came from our love of all things sparkling and tea.”
 
Company growth: “In 2015 we opened our flagship location in The Forum in Wilmington as a simple tea shop with light toasts and bites. We quickly realized that we needed more meat on the bone and started growing our food menu. We opened new locations under the new banner, Tama Café, and partnered with local Counter Culture coffee to have a complete espresso/coffee offering at those two locations … We began working on our Sparkling Tea line in November 2017 as we stumbled upon carbonating one of our teas and saw hope for a new product … We officially launched the product the week of Jan. 25 and have seen amazing customer feedback. We are already carried in multiple retailers in Wilmington like Tidal Creek, Lighthouse Beer and Wine, Epic Food Co, Axis Yoga/Fitness and more signing up this week!”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Our plan for the cafe is to slowly grow and open more locations in the region … On our canned Sparkling Tea line we have already started discussions with small and larger distributors who are interested in carrying the product.”  

 

Panacea Brewing Co.

panaceabrewingcompany.com

Year founded:
2016
 
Number of employees: 7
 
Top official: Artie and Robin Hill, co-owners
 
Company description: “Artisan kombucha brewery located in Wilmington, featuring locally grown flavorings and all organic teas.”
 
Company growth: “Our company has increased production from 20 to 2,600 gallons per week. We started in an incubator kitchen and now have our own commercial brewery debt free. We opened with two owner/employees and now both partners work the business alongside five other employees.”
 
How did you originally come up with the concept of your product? “We fell in love with kombucha, bought a VW bus and took off towards the horizon dreaming of selling our booch at local farmers markets. Nothing has unfolded the way expected, in fact, everything has been better than we ever dreamed.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Looking forward, we will be moving into a larger retail location and expanding our wholesale distribution footprint. We also are now producing alcoholic kombucha beer, which should be ready for market in spring 2019 along with our single-use kombucha bottles. We’re currently testing recipes for fermented foods to expand our product line in summer 2019.”  

 

Louie’s Hot Dogs

facebook.com/louieshotdogs

Year founded:
1989
 
Number of employees: 4
 
Top official: Mary Garner, owner/operator
 
Company description: “Fast-paced take-out hot dog establishment, serving 100 percent beef, veggie (vegan), fat free turkey dogs, mild and spicy sausages, pork barbecue and chicken salad, all served on a steamed split-top hot dog bun.”
 
Target market: “Locals throughout the tri-county area as well as tourists visiting beautiful Wilmington from all over the country.”
 
Company growth: “I purchased Louie’s Hot Dogs in 2000, 11 years after its inception in 1989. I built this biz up for eight years, then sold it in 2008. The recession affected Louie’s, and the biz was doomed, so I bought it back in 2015 and built it up quickly. I simply put a sign out saying, ‘Mary Is Back!’”
 
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “I contribute free hot dogs to many charitable organizations including churches and schools.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Late Night Louie’s! We are installing a new “Take Out” window to allow customers to grab dogs on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. from the sidewalk. Also looking into purchasing a food truck.” 



Back to MADE home page
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Hardy revised

Preparing Future Leaders Through Simulation

Charles Hardy - UNCW College of Health and Human Services
Leath 683x10242

Positive on Productivity: Hire New Graduates

Lisa Leath - Leath HR Group
Lyleheadshot2017 1251720228

Housing is the Best Medicine

JC Lyle - Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry

Trending News

Vacating Wilmington Business Leaves Large Industrial Space For Lease

Christina Haley O'Neal - Oct 15, 2019

Here's Who's In Advisory Group On Potential NHRMC Deal

Cece Nunn - Oct 14, 2019

City Staff Recommends Moving Forward With $90M Proposal

Christina Haley O'Neal - Oct 14, 2019

South-Tek Systems To Relocate Wilmington Operation To U.S. 421

Christina Haley O'Neal - Oct 14, 2019

Brunswick Co. Real Estate Market Hits Milestone For The Year

Cece Nunn - Oct 15, 2019

In The Current Issue

Upcoming Conference To Detail Economic Forecasts

Area executives and institutional leaders are set to talk about the future of the local, national and global economy at the annual Economic...


Small Businesses Find Lending Niches

Banks are lending to small business and nonprofit clients that "come in all shapes and sizes, often with unconventional business models."...


Keeping Track With Rail Realignment

It's Aubrey Parsley's job to tackle the task of moving commercial railroad tracks out of the middle of the city of Wilmington....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
WILMA's Leadership Accelerator
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`