CENTERVILLE — The COVID-19 pandemic pressured many companies within the Miami Valley and throughout the nation to shut their doorways for good for quite a lot of causes.
Others that survived the uncertainty introduced on by the pandemic needed to discover new methods to conduct enterprise. Within the case of Matthew Hayden’s catering enterprise, the sudden lack of giant gatherings on the pandemic’s onset had his enterprise on the point of closure.
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“To look at it go from being busy twice every week doing a number of jobs each month to principally zero, no weddings, no giant fundraisers. It was stunning,” Hayden advised Information Heart 7′s James Rider.
Hayden’s catering enterprise had been doing effectively for years, however the lack of enterprise supplied by gatherings put the enterprise in troubling waters. Whereas initially at a lack of what to do subsequent, Hayden had an concept that stemmed from one thing he helped a good friend with earlier than the pandemic.
“I confronted the very actual risk that after greater than 20 years in enterprise, I’ll must pack up and name it quits. I made a decision this was an opportune time to place my meals experience to make use of and reinvent my enterprise.”
“I don’t know why it didn’t happen to me initially, I helped develop all these Ketogenic merchandise and opened one other retailer, we all know precisely what must be completed, lets open the second PangeaKeto retailer,” he stated.
In November, the catering enterprise transitioned formally to PangeaKeto Dayton, a grab-and-go fashion restaurant catering to folks on the ketogenic eating regimen by providing solely low-carb, no-sugar, and gluten-free meals. The shop now tabs itself because the Dayton area’s solely full-service ketogenic bakery, grocer, and eatery.
“To this point, folks residing a keto way of life might need to journey to a number of completely different shops to seek out what they’re searching for – researching meals labels, evaluating carb and sugar ranges, and figuring out the meals or elements that meet their dietary wants. We’ve made issues a lot less complicated by providing solely the meals and provides that fulfill the keto way of life,” Hayden stated in a media launch supplied to Information Heart 7.
With out the modifications in his enterprise mannequin, Hayden stated there would have been no method the enterprise would have survived.
“No, completely not. We’ve a certain quantity of overhead we have to cowl and since COVID we’ve most likely obtained two calls asking us to cater an occasion whereas we had been usually fielding 2 dozen or 30 calls every week. The enterprise simply wasn’t there,” Hayden stated.
Within the months after the change, Hayden stated his enterprise is now thriving and prospects are glad.
“They merely say we will’t imagine you exist. I’m not overstating it that some folks have virtually gotten teary eyed as a result of there’s this big neighborhood of low carb Keto folks on the market and nobody is servicing them,” he stated.
Hayden stated he continues to evolve the menu to offer extra choices for folks on low-carb or keto diets as a result of a scarcity of selection is one main method folks fall-off their diets.
“For any way of life, for any eating regimen to achieve success the meals needs to be nice or its not sustainable.”
Whereas the grab-and-go enterprise will keep, Hayden stated PangeaKeto is seeking to develop scorching meals choices for his or her prospects within the close to future.
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