Little Austria’s Sterling Expansion Celebrated

Little Austria will invest more than $371,000 to build a new commercial bakery—and expand is strudel production—in Sterling.

The company, founded in 2017 by Austrian-born Helene Gallent, has been operating in the Ashburn’s ChefScape shared-use commercial kitchen and selling at area farmers markets.

Supported by aGovernor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund grant of $13,700, which is to be matched by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, the company will open a new, standalone commercial bakery and enter retail and wholesale markets.

“It’s exciting when state and local efforts supporting entrepreneurs can help our small businesses grow and reach new markets, bringing additional jobs, investment, and opportunity to their communities,” stated Gov. Ralph Northam. “I congratulate Little Austria on their success and am confident they will continue to thrive from their new home in Loudoun County.”

“Little Austria’s growth and investment in Loudoun County is great news for Virginia’s agriculture sector and for our economy overall,” stated Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring. “Through their commitment to using Virginia-grown apples in producing their gourmet Austrian-style apple strudels, Little Austria is ensuring that their success will also be supporting Virginia’s agricultural community.”

“Little Austria is the latest example of an organization leveraging Loudoun’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and capitalizing on partnerships with local agriculture businesses to create an amazing farm-to-fork product,” stated Loudoun County Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer.

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