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MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Brunswick Beer and Cider

brunswickbeerandcider.com
Year founded: 2022

No. of employees: 80

Top official: Jud Watkins, owner

Company description: Brunswick Beer and Cider is the first brewery in Leland and has over 30 beers and ciders on tap.

How has your company grown since its inception? “The growth within Brunswick Beer and Cider has been exponential since our opening. With our brewhouse gaining momentum and creating crowd-pleasing recipes in-house, we are now proudly offering wholesale kegs, to-go growlers and freshly canned beers with ciders in queue.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “With over 80 employees, Brunswick Beer and Cider has brought several jobs to the area. Using local agriculture and produce to create top-quality products is always something we will be proud of. Brunswick Beer and Cider is also continuously partnering with local charities, nonprofits and schools in addition to putting money back into the community and creating relationships.”

What current challenges are you facing? “We continue to see post-COVID supply chain issues.”

The Butcher’s Market of Wilmington

thebutchersmarkets.com
Year founded: 2012

No. of employees: 250

Top official: Craig Wilkins, CEO

Company description: “Wilmington’s premier butcher shop/deli/specialty grocer”

How has your company grown since its inception? “Every week we continue to get new customers through our organic grassroots marketing. Our customers know quality and service. We deliver that daily.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “Provided jobs to 20 employees at this location and help local producers showcase their items for sale. We also sponsor lots of organizations throughout the area.”

What current challenges are you facing? “Rising costs ...”

What are your future goals for the company? “Would like to expand our presence in the Wilmington market. We do have a Porters Neck location slated for Q2 2024 opening.”

Carolina Candy Company

carolinacandy.com
Year founded: 2007

No. of employees: 3

Top official: Kimberly Smith, owner and CEO

Company description: Carolina Candy Company has been making gourmet chocolates and confections for over 16 years. “Our store is family-owned and operated by Kimberly Smith and her daughters Lauren Rich and Brooke Harrell, all Wilmington natives.”

How has your company grown since its inception? “We started out at our retail location producing one flavor of toffee and a few chocolate candies and making wedding cakes in 2007. We now produce thousands of pounds of gourmet toffees, chocolate barks, brittles, gourmet toffees, and have recently expanded into a new location in Crossroads Shopping Center.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “The company has represented our beautiful Port City at trade shows around the country and shipped thousands of corporate gifts worldwide. We participate in many local charitable events and donations year after year giving back to our native city.”

What current challenges are you facing? “We have recently expanded and have moved to a new location. We are facing the many typical challenges when moving and reopening.”
 

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