Memphis company Chef Flavas just took a big break.
The small business — known for what co-owner Chris Moore calls “the most versatile spinach dip ever” — is among the winners of Walmart’s 2022 Small Business Open Call competition.
Chris and Regina Moore, owners of Chef Flavas, have been featured on the Food Network and cooked for former President Barack Obama.
Thanks to this Walmart contest, Chef Flavas’ spinach and artichoke dip will soon be in the hands of millions of customers across the country.
Chef Flavas was one of 330 companies chosen from 1,100 companies that pitched products to Walmart on June 30 in its ninth annual Open Call competition.
“Our spinach and artichoke dip is the most versatile I’ve had,” says Chris Moore. “Think beyond fries and dip, you can stuff it, dip it, roll it, spread it and sauté it.”
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Moore uses the tagline “unlock your inner chef” to describe all the dishes that can be made with her dip. Dishes like Rockefeller Oysters, Shrimp Florentine, and Spinach Lasagna are just a few of the many creations that can be made using the dip as a shortcut.
Moore describes the flavor as “garlic, cheesy, tart, and creamier than most other releases.”
Moore and his wife, Regina, have been personal chefs for nearly two decades. When the pandemic hit in 2020, they suddenly found themselves out of work. It was then that the idea of starting a food business was born.
The couple experimented with recipes for a year before launching Chef Flavas Spinach Artichoke Dip in November 2021.
Moore said he was introduced to spinach and artichoke dip by his mother. “She showed me how to do it. Then I did my own version.”
Currently, Chef Flavas can be found at local stores like Cordelia’s Market, Cash Saver, High Point Grocery, and South Point Grocery.
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As part of the Walmart Open Call program, Chef Flavas will begin distributing to all stores in the Memphis area. The Moores are ramping up production capabilities to be in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores nationwide by 2024.
In 2013, Walmart pledged to spend $250 billion over 10 years on products made, grown or assembled in the United States, a milestone the company announced in late June that it had already achieved. Last year, Walmart pledged to invest an additional $350 billion in products made, grown or assembled in the United States by 2031.
“Investing in America’s manufacturing sector is not only the right thing to do for the long-term economic health of the country, it’s the right thing to do for today’s customers facing historic inflation. “, said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart Inc. “We are delighted that more and more great products at great prices are being made in the United States. Our $350 billion investment in items made, grown or assembled in the United States helps provide our customers with the products they need, when they need them, at affordable prices, while supporting the creation of more of 750,000 jobs.
Jennifer Chandler is the food and restaurant reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.