Print
Entrepreneurs

MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

Acme Smoked Fish of North Carolina

acmesmokedfish.com
 
Year founded: 2015
 
Number of employees: 276
 
Top official: Felipe Espinosa, director of manufacturing
 
Company description: “Fourth-generation, family-owned company recognized as the country’s leading smoked fish purveyor. We produce cold smoked salmon products sold throughout the country.”
 
How has your company grown since inception? “We started 2015 working one shift with three slicing and packaging lines. The weekly output used to be 90,000 pounds of finished goods. Nowadays, we have grown production by 170%, the number of jobs increased 120%, and we work a first shift with six lines and a second one with two lines.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “Currently we employee 276 people who reside in the greater Wilmington area. We were an original tenant in Pender Commerce Park, helping to catalyze the development of the area.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Continue to grow, while embodying our company’s core values, making every relationship meaningful, delivering the highest quality outcome across everything we do, passing our passion, improving every day and striving to do right by our people, our communities and our environment”
 

Kind Cultures

Kindculturesvegan.com

Year founded: 2019
 
Number of employees: 3
 
Top official: Ashley John, CEO and owner
 
Company description: Artisanal food operation producing plant-based cheeses and dairy alternatives
 
How has your company grown since its inception? “Kind Cultures began by producing products for one restaurant in a shared commissary kitchen space, and now has its own production kitchen and serves several area retailers and restaurants. Our offerings have expanded in variety, and with our brand new production space (August 2022), we are going to be able to target a greater regional and nationwide audience.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “I would like to grow our manufacturing to a scale that can serve regional and national wholesale customers and have a manufacturing facility locally. This would provide jobs in Wilmington and a greater opportunity to serve and grow a product sector that I am passionate about and believe in: plant based products! Having our products carried by Whole Foods Market is a main goal of mine.”
 

N. SEA. Oyster Co.

nseaoyster.co
 
Year founded: 2017

Number of employees: 4
 
Top official: Conor MacNair, CEO and founding farmer
 
Company description: N. SEA. Oyster Co. is a shellfish farm located in Topsail that is “dedicated to raising craft, sustainable shellfish that embody the taste of North Carolina while maintaining a positive impact on the environment.”
 
How has your company grown since its inception? “We had very humble beginnings in 2017. We operated out of a rental house on a half-acre of subleased oyster bottom to farm. No motors, one kayak we used to transport the gear needed to work every day. Now we own over 20 acres of farm area, 7 acres of land on the ICWW, a large building for processing, mechanical graders, three boats, one nursery dock and four employees.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “We employ four full-time oyster farmers and work with a fish distributor to transport our shellfish to local restaurants where there is a chef dedicated to running an oyster program with kitchen employees meticulously opening shellfish. But most importantly, our farm has a positive impact on the environment.”
 

Click here to go back to the MADE homepage
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Headshotrosaliecalarco 1182131047

Free Wilmington Screening of "Dear Sirs"

Earuth300x300

FOREWARN: A Valuable New Benefit to Members

Ea Ruth - Cape Fear REALTORS®
Headshots march websized 2

How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for Cooler Weather

David Grandey - Highland Roofing Company

Trending News

Auction Set For 'one-of-a-kind' Wrightsville Beach Home, Priced At Nearly $14M

Cece Nunn - Dec 2, 2022

Live Oak Bancshares Announces Upcoming Switch To NYSE

Jenny Callison - Dec 2, 2022

Film Festivals Make A Comeback

Laura Moore - Dec 2, 2022

UNCW Prepares To Launch Online Supply Chain Master's Degree

Johanna F. Still - Dec 2, 2022

Retirement U-Turn

Jenny Callison - Dec 2, 2022

In The Current Issue

Retirement U-Turn

Many Cape Fear area retirees might initially opt for a life of leisure but discover that they still have a lot to give, and perhaps a lot to...


FILM FOCUS: Moving Needle Of Moving Pictures

"The heart of our company is we create content that inspires and moves the needle forward. We produce branded entertainment documentaries, n...


Back To School At Any Age

Amy Keith returned to UNCW in 2009, this time as a program coordinator at OLLI, which focuses on lifelong learning for people 50 and older....

Book On Business

The 2022 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100