Kathleen Bellicchi launched Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti with the help of Hope & Main, an incubator for small food entrepreneurs in Rhode Island. Kathleen prepares her biscotti, which is available in a variety of tasty flavors, with many locally sourced ingredients, including cage-free eggs, flour, and butter. She started by selling primarily at local farmers markets in Rhode Island and has expanded to retail stores.
When a food buyer approached Kathleen with interest in purchasing her biscotti on a large scale, she knew that she needed legal help. To increase her production, she needed to enter into an agreement with a co-packer to bake her cookies at its facilities, using her ingredients and recipes. Kathleen wanted to be sure that her interests were protected in the agreement and that her recipes were kept confidential. She and her Legal Food Hub attorney, Cheryl Allen-Ricciardi of Pierce Atwood, got to work.
“Cheryl has been outstanding support, providing helpful education and clear explanations about the legal issues we are addressing,” Kathleen reports.