Online food gift box business opens in Youngstown

Ross Morrone

http://www.wfmj.com/story/32815463/online-food-gift-box-business-opens-in-youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A brand new company born in Youngstown hopes to become the equivalent of Amazon for food lovers.

With the help of the Youngstown Business Incubator, Danny Catullo of Catullo Prime Meats and Dave Keish of Toys-R-Us have launched FoodECrave.com

The business is an online marketplace that works with food vendors, artisans, and local businesses to craft food boxes that ship to a person's door.

So far, the service offers everything from aged steaks to strawberry infused chocolate covered bacon in boxes suitable for dinner parties, holiday meals or gifts.

FoodECrave works with food vendors that usually do business with restaurants and grocery stores. However, the Crave Boxes are available to everyone.

To help ship these products all over the country, a local fulfillment center has been established that specializes in perishable shipping. Then center can store, pick, pack and ship perishable food to anywhere in the United States.

In this first phase of launch, the marketplace has been opened to a handful of vendors. Eventually, FoodECrave.com plans to eventually open up to any food creator, adding products daily.

The Youngstown Business Incubator has provided startup resources and advice.

More information can be found at the FoodECrave.com link.