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Based in Dexter, Minnesota, R & S Grain Systems has been building grain handling and storage equipment for farmers and commercial elevators throughout the Midwest for 43 years. The family-owned company was established by husband-...

Founded in 1934, R&R Provisions is a family-owned and -operated food distributor and manufacturer providing custom-cut steaks, meats and assorted food products to a range of food service and retail customers throughout the Lehigh Valley in Eastern Pennsylvania and across the mid-Atlantic...

R.L. Schreiber Inc. (R.L. Schreiber) is celebrating 45 years as a family-owned and -operated enterprise in 2013. R.L. Schreiber continues to manufacture and distribute food bases, spices, seasoning blends and other flavor amplifiers to the food service industry. The Florida-based company...

Rail Transfer Inc. began in 1995 as a transloading operation loading logs into 40-foot shipping containers. In 2001 the company established a grain division and started loading bulk whole grains into containers, establishing itself as...

Named after the lush rainforests in South America, where Brian Jardim, founder and CEO of Rainforest Seafoods  (Rainforest), first started importing fish, Rainforest has quickly become the Caribbean’s...

With roots tracing all the way back to 1888, Rainier Fruit Company has become one of the nation’s largest growers of organic apples, pears, cherries and blueberries. Located in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley — one of the country’...

On a small farm outside of Quito, Ecuador, a farmer has been able to save several piglets that would typically have died and sold them as additional income for his family. A cattle ranch west of Melbourne, Australia, was recently able to sell its beef cattle earlier and feed more of its own hay...

Many food trends come and go but there’s a movement coming out of the South Pacific that’s sure to stick around as the flavors of the Philippines reach U.S. shores and become increasingly popular among consumers. One company that’s pioneered the entry of Filipino cuisine is...

Ramey’s Marketplace (Ramey’s) is a family tradition. It started back in the early 1950s, when Herbert Ramey Sr. saw a need in Wayne County, Miss. He started the first traveling grocery store that would visit the rural communities to provide the residents with fresh meats and produce. As times...

Aspen is one of the world’s most iconic alpine skiing destinations. Situated in the middle of the White River National Forest just outside the city of Aspen, Colorado, the 11,212-foot peak is part of the larger Aspen/Snowmass winter resort complex operated by...

Today more consumers are demanding information about where their food comes from, especially in the case of meat and animal products. They also want confidence in the fact that it’s processed in a safe, healthy manner. The same goes for chefs and restaurateurs. When doing business with...

As a full-service grain-handling cooperative, Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers has been providing the services and technical expertise to help local producers thrive for more than 85 years. Headquartered in Richmond, Missouri, customers count on Ray-...

Re-Bath, the world’s largest full bathroom remodeler, first opened in a spare bedroom. Friends Highly Falkner and Kurt Kittleson graduated from college in 1979 and decided to start a commercial bathtub liner business. The company, then known as American Bathtub Liners (ABL), was formed following...

Crystal Nadeau was trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest when a thought entered her mind: “‘I wish more people could have this experience,’” she recalls. “That led to some self-reflection. I knew that if a few years before that, someone had told me I’d be trekking Everest, I would never...

Red Bird Farms (RBF) began in 1949 as Gibson’s Poultry. Founded by Henry Gibson, a butcher in Littleton, Colo., the business has grown and diversified over the years. RBF has changed hands several times over the years. Mareo Torito, president of RBF, now owns the company and...

It turns out that a lot can be done with 140 characters or less, but can Twitter actually save lives? The American Red Cross seems to think so, as it recently partnered with Dell to launch the...

With seven distribution centers and three state-of-the-art growing facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Red Sun Farms is one of the largest greenhouse vegetable producers in North America. As one of the biggest in...

Reed Candle Company was founded in 1937 in a garage in Texas to fill a need in the immediate market. “My father-in-law owned two Red & White grocery stores and couldn’t buy votive candles,” says Sister Schodts Reed, president and CEO of Reed Candle Company. “The closest place to buy them was...

Most milk travels hundreds of miles before it reaches the store shelf. Luckily for consumers in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and surrounding communities, fresh dairy products are close to home with local, family-run farms such as Reed’s Dairy Inc....

In 1924, the Vecchie family founded a small, independent business in Kincaid, Ill., geared toward distributing quality, name-brand beverages and food products. Now, 90 years later, that business, Refreshment Service Pepsi (RSP), has grown and diversified immensely.

RSP now operates across...

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