Belén Rodríguez

Belén Rodríguez

Founder and CEO, Quebracho

Description

In 2018, Belén Rodríguez stepped back from a 15-year career in scientific translation and medical interpreting to launch Quebracho, a St. Paul-based food brand specializing in authentic Argentinian empanadas. She started at farmers markets and in four years has grown Quebracho to a wholesale manufacturing operation, currently selling frozen empanadas to 130 stores in seven states. Along the way, Rodríguez identified a gap in the licensing system and worked with the Minneapolis City Council to pass the micro-wholesaler license, allowing small businesses to sell wholesale meat- and poultry-based products without needing to apply for a federal license through the USDA. As she grows her own company, Rodríguez is paving the way for other small food brands to succeed.