Homegrown startup puts state’s small farmers in grocery freezer case

tgrubb@newsobserver.comSeal the seasons
Seal the Seasons CEO and co-founder Patrick Mateer will reap the rewards of hard work this summer when the company starts shipping pounds of North Carolina produce to three national grocery chains.

Mateer, 23, said the flash-frozen fruits and vegetables will reach about 325 stores this year with the addition of Lowes Foods and Whole Foods in July, and Harris Teeter in August. That’s up from 10 smaller and online grocers last year, including Weaver Street Market, he said.

Next year, they plan to donate 20 percent of their profits to support hunger-relief groups, Mateer said. He also has been thinking about direct food donations to nonprofit groups and food banks.

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