Hartford is the tortilla chip capital of New England. Yes, it’s true. Severance Foods, founded by three amigos (if you will) who had worked together at food and beverage-industry giant Heublein in the mid-1980s, invested in a tortilla-making machine and began supplying chips to area restaurants. The business took off. After installing a retail packaging machine, “the floodgates opened.” Eighty-five employees later, the company continues to expand.
In Norwalk, Dina Houser has also developed a recipe for success. Hand-made granola. Ola! Granola’s four flavors are crafted from creative and crave-worthy ingredients like cranberries, almonds, maple-syrup, cinnamon, bananas, chocolate and vanilla. All ingredients are organic, kosher, and GMO-free. Houser has grown her business with the help of her three sons. Baking 3,000 to 5,000 pounds a week, Ola! Granola has moved from local farmers’ markets to major grocery store chains throughout the Northeast.