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Andrew and Shauna Smith founded The Four Foods Group (FFG) in 2008 with a focus on creating jobs and spreading a love of good food. FFG’s executive team is comprised of colleagues with a knack for teamwork, innovation and a love for the business.
“We began as an investment and management...

Hank Miller, founder and CEO of The Fresh Connection (TFC), always had the desire to be a farmer, but he never imagined the impact that he would have on the global produce industry. “I knew I wanted to be a famer from an early age,” recalls Miller. “I didn’t grow up in a farming family, though,...

Originally founded as Kodisch’s Garden Center in 1974, The Garden Factory has been a fixture in the Rochester, New York, area for more than 40 years. First purchased by Robert and Patricia Martell, the 5-acre lot has grown to encompass 36 acres...

Giuseppe Giumarra emigrated with his father from Sicily to the United States in the early 1900s, bringing with him the family's legacy of cultivating grapes and nurturing dreaming. Eventually settling in Los Angeles, Calif., Giuseppe planted the seeds of his personal dream: to feed the world in...

The Grand Central Oyster Bar Inc. (Oyster Bar) has been a New York City landmark for more than 100 years. Located in the lower level of the historic Grand Central Terminal, Oyster Bar has emerged over the years as one of the city’s top-notch seafood restaurants, known for an abundance of fresh,...

If you’re a company or organization that has been making your own pizzas from scratch and wishes to expand business, the Hansen Companies (Hansen) may be the answer. Whether distributing products through fundraising or through retail facilities, Hansen is the source for “private labeling.”...

The Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC) was established in 1882 and for well over a century has provided a space for club members to exercise both physical and social muscles. The club remains one of the only fitness clubs with private men’s and women’s athletic/sauna/spa facilities, each with its own...

Modern Group Ltd. (Modern) is one of the nation’s leading equipment distributors, providing sales, leasing, rental, service and parts through its forklifts, power systems, construction and warehouse products businesses. Modern lives its tag line of “Keeps You Rolling” through a keen focus on...

The Parr Company has been doing business for an impressive 83 years. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based building materials retailer services professional contractors and homeowners across its home state, providing quality service, competitive pricing and a wide range of products. Over the course of many...

Tracy Hayward left her job in political fundraising in 1987, sold her house for start-up capital and moved back in with her parents at the age of 30 to pursue her entrepreneurial exploits. It could have been a recipe for disaster, but instead it turned out to be the formula for sweet success....

The Produce Connection Inc. (PCI) delivers a select bounty of the freshest fruits and vegetables sourced from the finest lots and farms all over the country. The Florida-based company focuses on personalized service to meet the needs of an ever-evolving food service industry. PCI celebrates 20...

The Scharine Group Inc. is a family-owned and -operated agricultural, automation and construction business serving customers in the grain, dairy and livestock markets throughout southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois and also...

For more than 104 years, the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort has been a landmark resort destination in Pennsylvania’s scenic Pocono Mountains, captivating visitors with its majestic landscapes and historic charm. Situated in the heart...

What’s the key to serving great food to 2,900 students on meal plans and 2,000 faculty and staff? It’s listening to what they say.

That’s according to Bettie Clarke, the executive director of campus dining for the University of Richmond Dining...

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Potomac River, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the mid-Atlantic. As the single largest industry in the state, agriculture occupies some 32 percent of Virginia’s total area and employs more than 357,000....

Lincoln Warrell, chairman of The Warrell Corporation Inc. (Warrell), isn’t afraid to ask questions. With a background in chemical engineering, entering the candy business wasn’t exactly part of Lincoln’s initial plan. “I had no prior experience, other than that I enjoyed candy,” Lincoln jokes. “...

 
The Exxon Valdeez is a prime example of how a routine shipment of oil, can become a natural disaster and a public relations nightmare for the company involved. Scott Williams, founder of The Williams Companies, understands the importance of the service that his company provides. “Our...

Dinesh Wadhwani has always been tech-savvy. Born and raised in Ghana, he began a career as a technology entrepreneur at the age of 14, developing software and websites for small and medium businesses. While attending college, Wadhwani came up with a bright idea that would set the course of his...

Culiacan Valley in Sinaloa, Mexico, is one of the country’s most agriculturally important growing regions. The valley’s farmers produce an abundance of rice, wheat and fresh produce, and a large portion of the region’s crops make their way into the United States via the Nogales, Ariz., border...

For nearly 70 years, third generation owned and operated Thompson & Little Inc. has been one of the Southeast’s top food service equipment dealers. Located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Thompson &...

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