Gayle Galbraith’s Federal Brewing Accepted Into Union Kitchen Accelerator Program

CAIC Program Prepares Federalsburg Business for Next Step in Its Success


EASTON, Md; February 21, 2023…The Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center (CAIC) is pleased to announce that Gayle Galbraith – owner of the Federal Brewing Company of Federalsburg, Maryland – has been accepted into the prestigious Food Business Accelerator program at Union Kitchen in Washington, D.C. The Federal Brewing Company is an award-winning artisanal kombucha brewery based in Federalsburg’s Enterprise Zone.


Ms. Galbraith is one of eight participant in CAIC’s “Business Growth for Value-Added Producers” that prepares value-added producers in Maryland and Delaware to scale their businesses. The program’s objective is to give participants an understanding of their business scaling strategy and to create a roadmap for growth. As part of the program, participants toured Union Kitchen, Baltimore’s Tulkoff co-packing facility, and Redner’s Supermarket to better understand the ramifications of growth and scaling and to become acquainted with some of the resources available to them.


The program included presentations from industry experts on topics including the basics of scaling, legal and financial considerations, accessing institutional and wholesale buyers, and creating an all-encompassing business growth plan.


“We have built a solid foundation and now it is time to assemble our team and take the next step in our growth,” said Ms. Galbraith. “Union Kitchen will provide the infrastructure and the resources for undertaking our scaling efforts.


“The CAIC program gave me the introduction to Union Kitchen and the confidence to follow through with applying to the Union Kitchen program. What I learned through the CAIC program put scaling into perspective and prepared me for taking on the challenge and the opportunity that Union Kitchen offers.


“The CAIC program taught me that planning for growth and scaling requires intensive work and attention to every aspect of your company – you can’t just rely on having a great product. We were accepted into the Union Kitchen program because — in addition to having a great product — we demonstrated the entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to learn and to put in the work to accomplish our goals.”

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About CAIC: The Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center (CAIC) was established in late 2020 as a new program of ESEC’s F3 Tech initiative to expand F3 Tech’s focus on food technology. CAIC is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


About ESEC: The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with a mission to educate and support entrepreneurs. Its initiatives include F3 Tech, a program that focuses bringing technology solutions to the Farm, Fish, and Food industries.


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Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
– Food Safety Classes
Value-added producers and companies with traction ($20,000 or more in yearly revenue) in Maryland and Delaware are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants. Participants may apply once for each of the categories. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a unique and differentiated product or service that incorporates an aspect of innovation or technology in its production, processing, distribution, or other element of the food supply system.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will be made and funds will be available no later than three weeks following the receipt of a completed application.
Application Process
Applicants must submit Mini-Grant proposals by filling out the form at this link. Copy(ies) of quote(s), proposal(s), estimate(s), or any other supporting documents.


CAIC offers access to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who can offer authoritative advice based on their deep knowledge and experience in a specific area. See the ADVISORS page of this Web site to learn more about the SMEs who are available to CAIC participants.

Date and Time of Session: Wednesday, October 20th; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Course Description: This presentation discusses strategies for B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) growth via marketing and sales. The presentation focuses on each company’s plans to diversify its revenue streams by using e-commerce, exporting, and overall customer acquisition tactics to support and enhance brand awareness.
Desired Prerequisite Knowledge and Experience of Attendees: There are no prerequisites for this Virtual Presentation.
Criteria for Acceptance into the Virtual Presentation: Attendees need to have a product-based business; this is not suited for technology and/or app companies.