Steam Dot employs 45 people at two shops in Anchorage, Alaska. The company's key product and market is cold brew coffee.
MEP is an essential asset for local manufacturers. We now have 100% market share in the state and are expanding to the lower 48! This project gave us the necessary information to grow, and has been transformational for us. The fine folks there are easy to work with and very resourceful. Plus, they’re just nice people!
To achieve shelf stable approval SteamDot needed a lab that could test the cold brew product and empirically prove that it was food safe at room temperature for at least 6 months. The Alaska MEP assisted in coordinating a relationship between Steam Dot and a lab capable of completing a challenge study, as well as ensuring that proper funding was available to complete the project. To do this, the lab received a sample of SteamDot's product and monitored it for harmful growth over the course of 6 months. At the end of the 6 months the sample didn't have any growth and passed with flying colors.
The test results enabled SteamDot to receive shelf stability approval and begin expanding into new locations and markets. Though it was not an ideal situation, the approval has enabled the company to save costs and expand in ways they didn't know were possible.