Synergy Flavors invests in Chicago food incubator

Updated 5/14/2019 2:23 PM

Wauconda-based Synergy Flavors is investing in a Chicago food incubator to support research and development of new flavor products, the company announced this week.

Synergy will develop a kitchen at The Hatchery Chicago, a nonprofit business incubator designed to help entrepreneurs develop and grow businesses in the food and beverage industry. The kitchen, which is expected to open June 1, will be stocked with Synergy's supplies and will be used to support smaller companies in developing flavor choices and taste profiles, the company said in a statement. During the onset, Synergy experts will be involved at The Hatchery's kitchen on a regular basis.


Through the partnership, Synergy said it will use its expertise. knowledge and consumer insights to inspire entrepreneurs with product development.

"We're excited about the opportunity to be involved in The Hatchery, as it aligns with our core values and offers Synergy Flavors another avenue toward making a positive impact in the local Chicago community while creating sustainable economic growth," said Scott Mortensen, Synergy vice president of sales and marketing.

The Hatchery Chicago recently opened a 67,000-square-foot facility in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, which features 56 private kitchens, meeting and office space and an on-site cooking school. Developed from a partnership between global nonprofit organization Accion and the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, the incubator has attracted interest and investments from other companies like Kellogg's and Deerfield-based Mondelez International, as well as celebrity chef Rick Bayless.

"As we continue to focus on programs and partnerships that further our goal of being a good corporate citizen and community partner, this investment in an underserved area of Chicago allows us to contribute our time and talents to making a tangible impact for years to come" Mortensen said.

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