ST. LOUIS — Local meat manufacturer Deli Star Corp. plans to move its innovation center to City Foundry in spring 2021.
Officials with the Fayetteville, Illinois-based company said the Food Discovery Center will comprise 16,500 square feet and feature two fully equipped test kitchens and four research-chef stations, an instructional space for culinary and food-nutrition classes, conferences and demonstrations, an employee café and farmers market; and a 4,500 square-foot customized “ghost kitchen” production facility that will include a state-of-the-art industrial oven and smoker, blast freezer, dry storage and walk-in coolers/freezers. Thirty full-time employees will staff the center.
The City Foundry location offers Deli Star more space and the opportunity to add more production capabilities, officials said. It currently houses its St. Louis Innovation Center at the Raeder Place Building in Laclede’s Landing, where it opened in 2016, in downtown St. Louis. First Morgan LLC owns Raeder Place.
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