Rhode Island Food Business Ecosystem Featured as “Heroes” Video Produced by National Institute of Standards & Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Latest installment of “Heroes of American Manufacturing” series celebrates RI dog treat maker BUPPY PETS®, culinary incubator Hope & Main, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center Polaris MEP
Providence, RI – May 17, 2023 – Three Rhode Island businesses have been featured in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) video series, in an episode that spotlights the state’s food business ecosystem. Culinary incubator Hope & Main and MEP Center Polaris MEP share their story of working collaboratively to support dog treat manufacturing business BUPPY PETS as it scaled production.
The “Heroes of American Manufacturing” video series celebrates the small and medium-sized manufacturers succeeding in the U.S. with the help of their local MEP Centers.
The video is currently featured on the NIST website at https://www.nist.gov/mep/mep-national-network/manufacturing-videos.
Rhode Island takes its first turn in the national spotlight in the latest video in the series. “The hero of this story is actually a trio of partners,” said Matt Watson, Polaris MEP Center Director. “It reflects the unique way Rhode Island helps its food and beverage businesses succeed, with private and public partners all working together to lift up manufacturers.”
Viewers will be introduced to BUPPY PETS (www.buppypets.com), launched by Warwick resident Lauren Ruggiero to offer 4-ingredient sharable treats inspired by snacks people love. The entrepreneur joined the business incubation program at Hope & Main (www.makefoodyourbusiness.org), a Warren, RI, non-profit which jumpstarts early-stage food manufacturers.
Hope & Main partners with Providence-based Polaris MEP to support their members with training on efficient production, continuous improvement and beyond. After Ruggiero was connected to Polaris MEP project manager Nathan Bonds, she said the company was able to reduce costs and increase productivity.
Lisa Raiola, President and Founder of Hope & Main, said that the video captures the spirit of how the incubator and Polaris MEP work together to develop and scale food businesses. “The BUPPY PETS story is a powerful way to illustrate our shared mission of a thriving and diverse food economy in Rhode Island.”