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Langevin receiving cook’s tour of RI food businesses

February 17, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin’s eight-day tour of food-related businesses across the state kicked off Monday at Daniele Inc., a Burrillville-based manufacturer of gourmet Italian meats where the congressman got an up-close look at the company’s new $50 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and addition now under way.

During the 11-town tour, Langevin will meet with leaders from agriculture, hospitality, manufacturing and food sales, to discuss what tools they need to be successful and help Rhode Island's food economy grow. Stops along the tour include Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Cranston, East Greenwich, Peace Dale, Coventry and Johnston.

Langevin says the tour was inspired by Daniele co-owner Davide Dukcevich, who was Langevin’s guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address last month.

“When I met Davide back in August, he talked about the possibility of branding Rhode Island as the ‘Silicon Valley of Food,’ “ Langevin said.”That concept resonated with me, and I believe that the business savvy, enthusiasm and determination of individuals like Davide can make that idea a reality. I look forward to visiting a variety of businesses and hearing their suggestions for putting Rhode Island on the culinary map."

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Call and Tuesday's Times.

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