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Business Excellence: Spread’Em Kitchen is small business of the year

Mellisa Mills' business started as a weekend farmers market hustle.
Mellisa Mills accepts the award for Small Business of the Year presented by Bill Cunningham, Vancity.. Chung Chow photo

In the category of Small Business of the Year in this year's Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, Spread’Em Kitchen emerged as a shining example of success.

The company is known for healthy and delicious dips and cheeses made from cashew nuts, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Spread'Em Kitchen’s products are intentionally and carefully crafted with whole-food, minimally processed ingredients in mind.

It started in Mellisa Mills’ home kitchen as a weekend farmers market hustle.

She knew she wanted to be contributing to something meaningful, something that focused on sustainability.

Her plant-based dips and cheeses can now be found nationwide in thousands of stores.

The Business Excellence Awards were held on Nov. 22 at River Rock Casino. 

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