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The Casertano family, owners and operators of N. Casertano Greenhouses & Farms Inc., has called Cheshire, Connecticut home since the early 1900s. For three generations the family has been growing a range of greenhouse...

In Preston, Maryland, situated on the Delmarva Peninsula, Nagel Farm Service is running on nearly 70 years of family ownership and the kind customer-first business values synonymous with a multigenerational operation. Since inception in...

On average farmers and ranchers in the U.S. receive only 15.8 cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food. Rising crop input costs coupled with off-farm costs such as marketing, processing, wholesaling, distributing and retailing account for the majority of every food dollar, leaving...

Carlos Villavicencio founded Natural Trade Ltd. (NT) in 2000 to fill what he saw as a critical supply gap in the lumber industry. The NT team works directly with a network of over 100 primary mills across the United States and Canada – including producers of dimensional lumber, 1-inch boards,...

Nature’s Way Purewater Systems Inc. has fast become one of the top contract manufacturers in the beverage business. Nature’s Way has been bottling up success since 1996, serving some of the biggest names in the...

Midway through the recession isn’t an ideal time to start a company, but that didn’t stop Dave Marson and his son Sam Marson, cofounders of Nature’s Bakery. In 2010, in Reno, Nevada, the pair launched Nature’s Bakery, a snack food brand...

Nature’s Finest Foods (NFF) was established by Daniel Zedan, president and owner, in 2000, specializing in the marketing of tree nuts. The business has grown significantly over the last 14 years, from a brokerage and consulting business to a major force in the industry. Zedan’s expertise has...

Nature’s Finest Foods Ltd. (NFF) is a full service brokerage firm that specializes in the marketing of tree nuts. NFF carries almonds, pistachios and walnuts and can also sources macadamias, cashews, hazelnuts and pine nuts, but the company specifically...

A state branch of the National Farmers Union, the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) traces roots back to 1911 and has been serving producers in The Cornhusker State for more than a century. The grassroots organization is dedicated to protecting and...

As chief information officer (CIO) at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, it’s Neeraj Kumar’s emphasis on analytics and collaborative decision making that truly set the technology professional apart in his field.

A mechanical engineer by training, Kumar...

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources (NTB) has been manufacturing high-end krill oil supplements since 2003. For a decade, the company provided a consistent supply of this omega-3 phospholipid product to wellness retailers worldwide....

Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, Neuman’s Kitchen is known for creating extraordinary culinary experiences for clients in Manhattan’s most prestigious venues. The company has been delivering award-winning catering services for more than three decades and the passion Neuman’s Kitchen...

Brent Bunte, general manager of Iowa-based NEW Cooperative Inc. (NEW), is a firm believer in the cooperative structure. After 30 years in the industry, Bunte has seen the benefits the system delivers firsthand. “The cooperative structure is so...

Brent Bunte, general manager of Iowa-based NEW Cooperative Inc. (NEW), is a firm believer in the cooperative structure. After 30 years in the industry, Bunte has seen the benefits the system delivers firsthand. “The cooperative structure is so good for agriculture,” shares Bunte. “I really...

It began with a young couple packing avocados in their living room. The history of Acosta Farms is a story of hard work, perseverance and resilience. Alcides Acosta was born to a farming family in Cuba. After arriving in the United States in 1962, he settled in Chicago, Ill., and soon met his...

R. Alexander (Alex) Gomez established New Wave Surgical in 2006 in response to a growing need for better laparoscopic surgical tools. “I was a surgical technologist 13 years ago,” says Gomez, who is now president of Coral Springs, Fla.-based surgical device company. “I was essentially passing...

For the last 25 years, family-run Newman Farm has been raising purebred Heritage Berkshire Pork in the countryside of southern Missouri. Situated on more than 250 acres...

Pat Lucci began his career in food service as the owner of a Mr. Donut franchise in Buffalo, New York. As the chain of eateries began to reformat, he took on a new opportunity to serve as a major link in the supply chain for these restaurants. It all began with Twin Bakery Supply, a business Pat...

In 1969 Dionicio “Nicho” Villarreal founded Nicho Produce in Edinburgh, Texas. Since its inception, the company has been a full-line wholesaler and distributor of produce throughout southern Texas. A family business, Nicho Produce...

Founded in 1919, American International Group Inc. (AIG) is one of the largest names in the international insurance market. With more than 90 million customers across 100 countries, AIG offers a full range of insurance services including casualty insurance, life...

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