Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 9

integrity of our recipe by not adding to or replacing the original ingredients. We use a special blend of gourmet vinegars, fresh minced garlic and blended herbs and spices, with Canola oil. The process reveals a distinctive three-layered pattern presentation that is uncommon in other gourmet products. The end result is a zesty, tangy Italian flavor.” Franklin concurred. “Every person that walked into this (family) house raved about her salad dressing,” Franklin said. “We wanted to share something special with everyone that signified home.” Moshore and Franklin are business partners. The family realized they needed help to grow their fledgling business and turned to Oklahoma State University and its Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. The purpose of the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center is to help develop successful value-added enterprises in Oklahoma — to bring the products, the jobs, and the dollars back home. The Food & Agricultural Products Center opened for business in early 1997, and the 96,000-square-foot stand-alone building houses animal harvesting, food manufacturing, grain milling, sensory profiling, food microbiology and analytical laboratory facilities, as well as conference facilities and applications laboratories for demonstration and prototype testing. FAPC has assisted more than 1,000 Oklahoma clients through 3,000 technical and business projects. By offering large and small businesses, producers and entrepreneurs access to faculty and staff with expertise in business and technical disciplines, FAPC strives to discover, develop and deliver information that will stimulate and support the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma. FAPC’s research laboratories, pilot- processing facilities, educational programs, and seminars keep food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge value-added processing and technology. “Maintaining the integrity of the product and quality of the ingredients was a first priority,” Moshore said. “There was no question we needed help and Oklahoma State University FAPC product development program was our first step. They skillfully provided all of the information we would need for starting this production the right way.” Franklin said the program was a game- changer for them.  “It saved us years of mistakes,” Franklin said. “It gave us a road map on how to set up a business. It was just amazing.” Franklin said their business has grown and they have leased space in Oklahoma City to make and distribute their product. She said they sell online as well as to several metro area stores including Homeland, Crest, Uptown Market, Whole Foods, Pruitt’s, Jumbo, and Serendipity.  “It is a lot of work, but it is a lot of fun,” Franklin said. Moshore echoed her daughter. “Rewards from this business have been family working together to help each other,” she said. “Repeat customers! They are so kind to tell us how much they enjoy the salad dressing. They love to share new ways that they have used it and the gatherings of their friends and family that have enjoyed it at meals together as well. This is so rewarding.” For more information visit www.dianessignatureproducts.com May 2018 | The Business Times 9