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26 May 2020
Over the past six years, food business incubator Hope & Main has helped aspiring food entrepreneurs from a variety of means and backgrounds launch and scale their businesses by providing shared-use kitchens and equipment, technical and educational programs, and a community of peers and mentors. KK&P Senior Consultant Ben Kerrick recently spoke with Founder Lisa Raiola about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Hope & Main, how her member businesses are adapting, and her hopes for the food system.
27 April 2020
Months before the coronavirus crisis hit, KK&P began working with JMF to design a special new initiative that would support the New England region’s food system. As the Covid-19 crisis emerged and escalated, we quickly pivoted with JMF to guide the development of the New England Food System Resilience Fund, which recently awarded $347,000 in grants to 11 organizations as the first part of a new initiative aimed at strengthening the New England food system. 
26 March 2020
We know that this newsletter is crossing your desks at a time of great challenges and upheaval. The coronavirus outbreak and our national, local, organizational, community and personal efforts to contain or slow it are causing massive—in many cases unprecedented— disruptions.
26 March 2020
A month ago, we would not have been able to comprehend the world we are living in today—a global crisis we may have believed could happen, but which we still could not (or would not) dare to imagine.
19 February 2020
In the summer of 2019, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council asked KK&P to execute the first phase of a feasibility study and conceptual plan for new investment in the state’s seafood processing capacity.
22 January 2020
Last month, the Town of Unicoi, TN, adopted a new strategic plan for Mountain Harvest Kitchen (MHK), the town’s food business incubator and shared kitchen. The strategy, which will guide the program’s development for the next five years, is the outcome of a planning process led by KK&P.
21 January 2020
Over the past few years, KK&P has worked with a group of New England food hubs to explore how increased trade and collaboration with one another might increase their reach, their product range, and their impact.
KK&P’s “Good People” Recruiting Services & Philo Ridge Farm
13 December 2019
The KK&P recruiting approach centers on the careful development of a comprehensive and nuanced job posting as well as a deliberate strategy for spreading awareness of the opportunity, including general and niche job websites, and outreach to our extensive sector networks.
12 December 2019
Over the course of the past nine years, KK&P has worked extensively in the state of Rhode Island, a little state that is investing big in the food system.
19 November 2019
Situated on a mountaintop, in the Idanha-a-Nova region of Portugal, on the border of Spain and roughly equidistant from Lisbon, Porto and Madrid, Monsanto is considered “the most typical of Portuguese villages.” A fitting, picturesque setting for the recent Fourth Annual Idanha Food Lab Event.
dairy sector marketing assessment for the State of Vermont, working closely with the state’s Agency for Agriculture, Food, and Markets and Agency for Commerce and Community Development.
19 November 2019
KK&P recently kicked off a dairy sector marketing assessment for the State of Vermont, working closely with the state’s Agency for Agriculture, Food, and Markets and Agency for Commerce and Community Development.
19 September 2019
Earlier this year, Agri-Cultura Network (ACN), a small food hub based in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Natural Resources Defense Council engaged Karen Karp & Partners to develop a strategic business plan for the Network as it looks to expand its retail sales while meeting community food access goals.