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Source: 29 Design Studio news release

Alice Hallahan
Rochester, NY - 29 Design Studio has added art director, Alice Hallahan, and graphic designer, Franca Mantisi, to its team to meet the demands of new business growth. A creative agency founded in 2007, the company continues to expand its regional and national reputation in food, beverage, and agriculture.

29 Design Studio recently won three first-place awards in regional competitions, sponsored by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). The agency is also well-known for its work with clients that have competed in Grow-NY, an international food and ag competition that is now accepting applications for its third year.

In 2019, RealEats Meals, a premium prepared meal delivery service, claimed the coveted first-place prize of $1 million, which has since led to additional funding for the company. In 2020, Leep Foods, a grower of premium organic mushrooms, took home one of four third-place $250,000 prizes.

"We are committed to remaining a nimble boutique agency that brings high levels of service, thinking, and creativity to our clients," says Maureen Ballatori, founder and CEO. "When growth and extraordinary talent intersect, we are very fortunate to be able to add professionals like Alice and Franca to our team."

Some recent new clients at 29 include: Assured Edge Solutions, a custom vegetable processing and co-packing company; Visit Finger Lakes, the tourism agency for Ontario County; Butter Meat Co. who is disrupting the beef industry with more environmentally-friendly beef; and Brewery Ardennes, a Belgian-inspired craft brewery and hospitality destination in the scenic New York Finger Lakes.

Hallahan worked at Nazareth College as both a graphic designer and instructor for the last nine years. She has also lent her talents as a senior graphic designer to the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Franca Mantisi
Like most of 29 Design Studio's team, Hallahan has roots in agriculture, having grown up on a farm. Particularly partial to horses and chickens, she and her husband are avid outdoors people. They live in Rochester with their two bunnies, Sharky and Jellybean.

"I get to combine what I love to do in an industry that is very dear to my heart," she says. "The opportunity to help food and ag companies thrive with great marketing is beyond cool."

Mantisi is a Rochester-native who graduated from Nazareth College with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. Previously, she worked at Penny Lane Printing and LeChase Construction as a graphic designer.

"I am deeply rooted in Rochester and joining 29 allows me to continue my journey of creating an impact through design in my community," says Mantisi. She adds that while she doesn't have any direct farm or ag experience, she is quite experienced at eating homemade Italian food.

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