When Heidi Lovig of Heidi Ho Organics pitched her vegan “cheeze” product on the television show Shark Tank late in 2014, Lovig knew a significant expansion in their production capacity was on the horizon. In fact after the Shark Tank episode aired, “We sold more product in the last two months of 2014 than we had the entire first ten months of 2014,” said Lovig.
Heidi Ho Organics, started in 2011, offers a range of plant-based vegan cheese alternatives that are made from sustainably sourced ingredients. Heidi successfully gained investor funding through Shark Tank, and has used this platform to take her product national and leased a property for manufacturing in NE Portland.
In order to meet this increasing demand, Heidi Ho Organics selected Livermore A&E to design and coordinate permitting of a tenant improvement project to build out new manufacturing space for Heidi Ho. This new space, located in NE Portland, includes a test kitchen, production areas, refrigerators, packaging and shipping.
With investor expectations and consumer demand riding high, time was of the essence. Livermore A&E developed the design, coordinated permitting with the City of Portland, and helped oversee the complete build-out in just under three months.