Healthy Food Biz Competes For $20K, Looks Toward Wholesale Expansion

By Andrea Haffly
The Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor, Wash.)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Abbie Cates is the founder of “KnifeForkSpoon” which helps make mealtimes stress-free with healthy, pre-made frozen meals. Menu option vary from week to week and include breakfast items, main dishes and side dishes, including vegetables.

The Peninsula Gateway (Gig Harbor, Wash.)

Things are heating up for Gig Harbor-based business KnifeForkSpoon, a frozen meal company run by Abbie Cates that opened its doors in January.

Barely nine months after beginning her quest to make healthy eating easier for busy people on the go, Cates is now looking to expand her business to the wholesale realm with the help of the Kitsap Bank Edg3 fund competition, where she is a semifinalist.

“The whole reason I started the company was to make people’s lives easier,” she said. “I can touch a whole bunch more people if I head into the wholesale market.”

Kitsap Bank’s Edg3 fund is a small business competition designed to provide $20K in funding to help local entrepreneurs and grow the local economy. Applicants must be Western Washington-based businesses and legal residents of Western Washington over the age of 18.

KnifeForkSpoon is the only Gig Harbor or Pierce County business that has made the semifinalist list. The voting period for the finalists began Monday and will continue through Sept. 29.

Voting is held online at in a two-step process where voters first pick their favorite business and then verify their email to confirm their vote.

Five finalists will be notified by Oct. 6 and be invited to a live event on Nov. 16, where a panel of judges will choose the grand prize winner.

Regardless of winning the competition, Cates said she still plans to move forward into the wholesale market.

“I think (wholesale) is the way to impact as many people as possible,” she said. “To live with the founding principals I have for my business … (then) I have to move forward with wholesale.”

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