Mama Nature’s Juice Bar: Fulfilling the Vision

T’Keyah Williams’ journey to a juice bar of her own began when her mother went vegan; Williams, already an adult with two children of her own, decided to try being a vegan herself and saw the benefits for her and her kids (now 5 and 10) who both suffered from…

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5 Things Food and Beverage Companies Can Learn From Tech Startups

While food and beverage companies are very close to our hearts, we work with a variety startup and emerging companies that offer a wide spectrum of goods and services. From software companies to craft breweries, we regularly counsel clients on corporate, finance, intellectual property, and labor and employment matters. In…

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Cheers To a Great Year… of HB1322

On July 1, Mississippi craft beer consumers, and the breweries they frequent, enjoyed the fruits of their recent legislative success by celebrating the one-year anniversary of the passing of HB1322. The passing of this bill allows for breweries to sell up to two cases of beer directly to the consumers…

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D.J. Baker: Partnering for Good Food and Gardens

D.J. Baker has an infectious energy that really comes across when he talks about good food. The former member of the FoodCorps moved to Mississippi in 2015 after growing up in a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He worked first for FoodCorps in…

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Six Trends Shaping the Food and Beverage Industry

Ever-changing consumer demand is driving an increasing velocity of innovation in the food and beverage industry. Food and beverage companies are trying to keep consumers by making predictive decisions on product categories and product development based on data and trends. The following are six trends that are shaping the food…

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Sweet and Sauer: Turning Passion into Products

Lauren Rhoades started her fermented-foods business in Mississippi—of all places—because she was jealous of a friend's social media feed. (She jokes that some key decisions in her life so far have been based on jealousy.) In this case, the friend was in FoodCorps, and was posting "amazing photos" of the…

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EasyKale: The Art (and Science) of Customer Discovery

When Bilal Qizilbash was studying for his Master's Degree in Medical Sciences at Mississippi College, he decided to study the effect of juiced leafy kale on melanoma cancer cells. In vitro (in a petri dish) he found that he could repeatedly get an astonishing result--the kale would attack melanoma cells,…

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