Dips and spreads start-up begins production in City of Richmond

RICHMOND, VA – The Greater Richmond Partnership (“GRP”) announces that SSUPP Foods Inc., maker of SunPower refrigerated dips and spreads, launched its product line in East Coast grocery stores and farmers markets. The company’s dips and spreads use sunflower microgreens as the base ingredient. SSUPP produces its consumer-packaged goods in Hatch Kitchen RVA while operating its business office as a member of Startup Virginia in the 1717 Innovation Center.

“This dynamic and progressive city is always looking for the next new thing. SSUPP is what’s up and we’re offering next best green snack and spread starting here in Richmond, Va.” said David Peyton, SSUPP Co-Founder and President. “Richmond is awesome and we couldn’t do it without the entrepreneurial ecosystem we have here today.”

SSUPP, an acronym for Sustainable Sunflower Urban Plant Powered, started as an indoor grower of microgreens that distributed to local restaurants before developing dips and spreads. It has leased 10,000 square feet at Hatch Kitchen RVA on Maury Street in the city.

“The City of Richmond welcomes SSUPP to our thriving entrepreneurial community,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “Both Startup Virginia and Hatch Kitchen RVA provide an opportunity for start-ups to not only develop, but produce innovative products.”

“The Richmond Region is the perfect place for product launches due to our demographics and varying perspectives,” said Jennifer Wakefield, interim President and CEO of the GRP. “Health Warrior, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods and Hardywood Park Craft Brewing are all examples of food products that have succeeded here in the Richmond Region before witnessing regional or national success.”

“SSUPP produces a line of non-dairy and gluten-free spreads by using nutrient-dense micro sunflower greens as a base,” said Kyle Rosen-Long, Co-Founder and Executive Research Chef. “Our flavors include SunPower Original, SunPower Chickpea, and both a mild and hot version of the SunPower Jalapeno Cilantro.”

The spreads can be purchased locally at Ellwood Thompson’s, Libbie Market, Tugwells Market, Camden’s Dogtown Market, McDonough Market and Outpost.

In October 2017, Tim Graves, a former GRP intern and friend of a co-founder, recommended that the company reach out to economic development officials. Justine Mulholland, Business Development Manager for the City of Richmond’s Department of Economic Development, also assisted the company in the process.

 

About the Greater Richmond Partnership

The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional public-private economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP recruits companies from all over the globe which provide employment opportunities and taxable capital investment for the community. For more information, visit www.grpva.com.

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