PRESS RELEASE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016
Portland, Oregon —
For the past eight years, SoupCycle has been delivering organic meals to customers – now over 600 individuals and families in Portland – all by bicycle. SoupCycle provides delivered meals four days a week in neighborhoods ranging from North and Northeast Portland, downtown and Southeast Portland including Sellwood.
B-Line is the missing link in the infrastructure of a sustainable city. Solving the challenges of the “last mile” of a distribution network, B-Line delivers on the promise that business can be a catalyst for social and environmental change through product aggregation and eco-friendly delivery via the fleet of cargo trikes.
Nate Schlachter, SoupCycle Owner, stated, “The opportunity to partner with B-Line is a chance to collaborate with another bike-based business that we have long admired and watched grow over the years. By giving B-Line oversight of our distribution and logistics, we can focus on our core competency as a fresh food producer, and continue to grow by pursuing new business opportunities.”
Franklin Jones, CEO and Founder of B-Line, and local B Corp advocate, welcomes the opportunity to collaborate and grow B-Line’s delivery services. “SoupCycle’s move to the Redd is a chance to join our community of businesses that are deeply committed to growing the local food economy by exploring creative and innovative ways to collaborate. The Redd is quickly becoming a hub of B Corp businesses that are committed to using their businesses as a force for good.”
Both companies are Certified B Corporations (“B Corps”), and both now operate out of the new Redd on Salmon campus. The Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside designed to support local food enterprises, connect chefs, foodservice directors and entrepreneurs to independent farmers, ranchers and fishers in the region, and help scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest. B-Line is the anchor tenant at the Redd West building on the corner of SE 7th and Salmon, managing the warehouse, cross-docking, office space and delivery logistics, along with other company activities including advertising and promotional services. SoupCycle will occupy a commercial kitchen space at Redd West and take advantage of organic produce and other goods, which are delivered to and stored on-site.
SoupCycle was formed in 2008 and has been making from-scratch, organic meals and delivering to homes and offices by bicycle. With operations in Bend, Corvallis and Portland, SoupCycle employs 15 people across all three locations. In 2015, SoupCycle used over 15 tons of organic produce in their products, and has made over 200,000 deliveries, all by bicycle. In 2015, SoupCycle became a Certified B Corporation, join over 65 B Corps in Oregon and over 1,000 B-Corps from over 60 industries in 34 countries, all with one unifying goal: to use business as a force for good.
About B-Line Urban Delivery
B-Line is the missing link in the infrastructure of a sustainable city. Solving the challenges of the “last mile” of a distribution network, B-Line delivers on the promise that business can be a catalyst for social and environmental change. B-Line offers eco-friendly urban delivery, warehousing, advertising and promotional services, as well as recycling for hard-to-recycle plastics. B-Line also transports surplus food to local food pantries as a way to help address hunger and reduce food waste. Since 2009, B-Line’s services have helped clients avoid over 150,000 truck delivery miles, and over 150 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, with more than 115,000 miles traveled by the B-Line trike fleet. B-Line currently has 18 employees, including 15 riders.