An artisan flour company based out of Delta Junction has been awarded $91,100 from the United States Department of Agriculture per a grant.
"We are really hopeful that this will help us develop our market," says Bryce Wrigley, co-founder of Alaska Flour Company.
Wrigley says together with his wife he plants the grain, harvests it, makes it into flour and distributes it. All while the two work full time jobs.
They plan to use the grant money to offset costs of an expanding business by creating more attractive packaging and paying for travel involved with developing new buyers.
According to the USDA The Alaska Flour Company is the only commercial flour mill in Alaska. It specializes in high-quality, artisan, stone-ground barley flour and barley cereals that are grown and milled on their farm in Delta Junction, AK.
"This one-to-one match funding will be used to develop and purchase more appealing packaging supplies for the flour and cereal they produce, and pay for marketing expenses to introduce the locally grown products into Alaskan markets. Emphasis will be placed on accessing larger retail chains and institutional bulk sales through distributors," said USDA Alaska Director Tim Nordlund.
"Alaskan farmers, growers and ranchers have a bright future to create local jobs and provide more healthy food for Alaskans. This award is one small step towards building a stronger food system for Alaska," said Danny Consenstein, State Executive Director, USDA-Farm Service Agency.
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers generate new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income.
Wrigley says currently the brand Alaska Flour Company is sold at Natural Pantry, Three Bears, New Sagaya and other small retailers. It is working on being picked up by Safeway and Fred Meyers.
The company's line of products include flour, barley cereal and pancake mix.