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Akron startup Peaceful Fruits to move to Barberton, increase fruit-snack production fivefold

September 17, 2018

Akron startup Peaceful Fruits to move to Barberton, increase fruit-snack production fivefold

BARBERTON, Ohio – Akron startup Peaceful Fruits, which gained national attention after appearing on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2016, is planning to move its headquarters to a former Burger King restaurant in Barberton.

Peaceful Fruits now makes snacks from sustainable fruits from the Amazon Rainforest at Hattie’s Food Hub in Akron and employs more than 25 adults with disabilities through partnerships with Hattie Larlham and the Blick Center.

The move to the former Burger King will allow the company to operate more efficiently and increase production fivefold, Founder Evan Delahanty said Monday. To meet the planned increase in production, Delahanty plans to add a production manager and production team members.

“We landed our first 50 Kroger’s [as customers] and we have a couple of other chains in process or coming very soon,” Delahanty said. “So the move will allow us to fulfill those orders and really push aggressively and let us start to operate more efficiently and faster.”

Peaceful Fruits will soon be in a dozen local Target and Fresh Thyme stores as well, Delahanty said.

In order to help Peaceful Fruits stay in Summit County, the city of Barberton worked with the Summit County Land Bank and County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s office to secure grant funding to update the former Burger King building.

“We are pleased to partner with Evan and Peaceful Fruits,” said Barberton Mayor William B. Judge in a news release. “We admire and share the same values as Peaceful Fruits and are excited about not only the increase of jobs, but also the opportunity to work with an innovative company with a lot of potential for future growth.”

The company plans to move into its new headquarters by Nov. 1.

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