From UDaily: Little Goat and UD Dining Services brew up partnership

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Little Goat Coffee Roasting Co. will supply the coffee for a new kiosk in the University of Delaware Trabant University Center’s food court. The kiosk will be known as Stomping Grounds.

Little Goat co-owner Olivia Brinton said the partnership between Little Goat and UD Dining Services, which is managed by Aramark, was a year in the making — not by design. The pandemic delayed an initiative.

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Little Goat co-owner Olivia Brinton. (University of Delaware photo).

“UD is such a large part of the Newark community, so we were really excited to extend our reach to UD students on campus,” Brinton said. “I think that the university bringing in Little Goat Coffee is also a really great development for Newark — the university working with a local business that is unique and not just working with national chains. It makes the university and the town more interesting to have these partnerships with local businesses.”

Dining Services’ strategy of partnering with locally-owned eateries isn’t confined to Newark or Trabant. Dining Services is seeking partners for the new Local Restaurant Row station that will be opening in Perkins Student Center. Interested Wilmington or Newark restaurants can reach out directly to Dining Services by email at diningservices@udel.edu.

Brinton says UD students and staff provided an instant customer base when the shop opened and has helped it push through the pandemic. She hopes the business’ new partnership with UD will “ultimately will make the town more sustainable and resilient in the future.”

the connection between UD and Little Goat goes back to the store’s opening two weeks after the fall semester started in 2017. The university provided an instant customer base for the shop, which serves fair-trade, organic coffee that it roasts on site.

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