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8:38am

Tue February 24, 2015

9:07am

Mon February 23, 2015
Business

Whole Foods seeks Shreveport-area mom-and-pop food producers

Roxann Johnson of Shreveport would like to see if Whole Foods Market is interested in selling her homemade brownies.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Construction is underway on a Whole Foods Market in Shreveport. The grocer wants to line the shelves with more local products to make it unique. The Austin, Texas-based upscale grocery chain is holding a class for Louisiana vendors on Friday, Feb. 27, in Shreveport.

The program will go in-depth on quality standards, food safety, packaging and regulatory requirements, according to Kelly Landrieu, a Whole Foods local forager. (Yes, that is her official title.) She says dozens of people have signed up for her class.

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9:08am

Thu February 19, 2015
Business

Natchitoches hotel project clears financial hurdles, construction begins

Lafayette Street from Front Street to Rue Ducournau is closed to traffic for construction of a new 87-room hotel in downtown Natchitoches. Other street closures near the site are possible.
Credit City of Natchitoches

The city of Natchitoches will finish site preparation work this month as construction begins on an 87-room hotel.

The $9.9 million Chateau Saint Denis went through a series of financing setbacks. But the city’s economic development director Randy LaCaze says the hotel is now on the fast track. It will go up in front of the Natchitoches Events Center on Front Street. LaCaze expects its will be open in November.

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8:25am

Tue February 10, 2015
Business

Federal funds flow into dredging the Red River

Credit J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Commission

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is allocating $2.4 million on top of congressional spending this year for dredging the Red River. The J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Navigation Project received the additional funds for operation and maintenance. The head of the Red River Waterway Commission, Ken Guidry, says the funding is critical to keep industries based at the Port of Caddo-Bossier and the Alexandria Port.

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9:02am

Wed January 21, 2015
Business

Shreveport brewery turns spent grain into dog treat charity

Great Raft Brewing Co. partnered with Drake Catering this month to produce dog treats using the brewery's spent grain.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Great Raft Brewing Co. in Shreveport has found a new way to recycle its “spent” grain used in the brewing process. When brewers make beer, they're left with massive amounts of leftover grain. The brewery partnered with a local caterer to make dog treats. Great Raft co-founder Lindsay Nations says proceeds from dog treat sales will be donated to the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.

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