Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Written by Pat Grospiron.
I first met Peaceful Fruits founder by Evan Delahanty at the end of 2015, when he was participating in the SEAChange social enterprise accelerator and pitching his business at local events like SunDown RunDown. At that time, he was hand-making his signature organic fruit strips in the back of a restaurant kitchen.
Back then, one batch produced 90 fruit strips. Later, he graduated from the Culinary Launch Kitchen and moved to a shared kitchen space in Akron that allowed him to increase production. Fast forward to today, and Delahanty is producing 1,000 strips a day — more if he runs a third shift.
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Originally published March 7, 2017.