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|Articles - October 2013|
|Monday, September 30, 2013|
As I write this, Feast Portland, the city’s flagship food and drink festival, is one week away. This “celebration of Oregon bounty” features butchery competitions, infused vodka tasting panels and an all-star culinary lineup: Thai food guru Andy Ricker, the Portland Meat Collective’s Camas Davis, Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton and many others.
Here at Oregon Business, we love pork belly and kale salad as much as the next person queuing up for a $5 “farm to cone” at Salt & Straw. But in this issue, we say goodbye to all that. Instead, we spotlight another side of Oregon food culture: the convenience store industry, a retail category best known for candy, cigarettes and nacho-cheese sauce of dubious origin.
As writer Jonathan Frochtzwajg discovered, the convenience store sector is booming, with homegrown chain Plaid Pantry ranking as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country last year.
The popularity of “c-stores” throws a wrench into Oregon’s foodie machine. But the industry is also paying attention to national culinary trends, with some stores starting to incorporate healthier or locally procured food-and-beverage options, such as organic produce and, in the case of a Bend chain, beer growlers and kombucha on tap.
In a web exclusive, Frochtzwajg also explores the convenience store as a possible solution to food deserts, with the local c-store morphing into a neighborhood market providing residents in areas devoid of grocery stores with critical access to real food.
Along with the grittier side of food culture, we pay homage this month to small manufacturers who make less-than-glamorous bolts, brake pins and scuff boards — the kinds of products that keep the state’s construction, transportation, food processing and power-production fields running smoothly. As writer Christina Cooke reports, these small manufacturers are also an economic driver, with Portland manufacturers employing 11% of the metro area’s workforce.
If there is a theme to the October issue, it’s Oregon’s yin and yang: Behind every sexy mobile app startup is a stoic materials manufacturer, and behind every Feast Portland is a new Plaid Pantry waiting in the wings. It’s a duality I’m well aware of. For lunch today, I indulged in poached organic chicken and rice from the renowned Nong’s Khao Man Gai food cart — “cutting-edge cuisine,” raves Travel + Leisure — followed by M&Ms culled from the desktop stash of our own in-house convenience purveyor: Oregon Business associate publisher Betsy Hand.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
BY NISHANT BHAJARIA | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Startups in the growth phase are associated with a fresh infusion of capital — human and financial — a curiosity factor and products to disrupt the market and drive demand. Portland’s economy gives off the same aroma.
Friday, January 02, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
The University of Oregon football team looked unstoppable on the field Jan. 1 — and the university is reaping the benefits of the new postseason format.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB CONTRIBUTOR
The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER
Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.
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