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As of the new year, Valley Agronomics LLC is realizing the truism that two is better than one.

In early November 2016, the agronomy division of Valley Wide Cooperative, a grower-owned cooperative in southern Idaho and Utah, announced it...

Since 1949, when Frances E. Quigley united a small group of local bakers to help them source ingredients, Valley Bakers Cooperative Association (VBCA) has been helping to maximize small business success. Based in Greenville, Wisconsin, VBCA’s cooperative model is a recipe for creating more value...

Valley Communications Inc. (VCI) was founded during an era of typewriters, back when cable television was a luxury and cellphones went by the nickname “the brick.” However, Ken Hurst, founder of VCI, understood the importance of a company that could keep up with rapidly evolving communications...

Valley Tractor and Equipment Inc. (Valley Tractor) opened its doors in 1946 as a division of Ford dealer Uecker Brothers Motors (UBM) in Cashmere, Wash. Valley Tractor started off on the right foot, as UBM sold cars, trucks and tractors from the leading manufacturer, all under the same roof,...

Since opening in July 1977 with one 3,000-square-foot store, family-owned and -operated Valli Produce has expanded to six stores that serve Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and communities. Valli Produce now has stores in Arlington Heights, Loves Park,...

America is a country founded by immigrants from all over the world, and while many people choose to become fully absorbed into the customs and cuisine of the great melting pot that is the USA, sometimes people just want a taste of home. Three immigrants recognized that need and decided to open...

Twenty years ago, just six years after Ron Van Beek founded Van Beek Natural Sciences, he saw an experiment that changed his business forever.

While at a dairy show in Blackfoot, Idaho, Van Beek watched a small company...

Luctor International has been sourcing and importing the world’s highest quality premium spirits since the 1980s. Named after the region in Holland where the company’s founder was born, Orlando, Fla.-based Luctor Inc. has established a diverse portfolio over the past several decades, including...

The 1973 Arab oil embargo sent a strong message to American consumers and businesses. It reinforced that reliance upon foreign oil is both foolhardy and a risk to national security. Accordingly, U.S. electric utility companies responded by replacing petroleum with domestically mined coal,...

Vantage Trailers Inc. (Vantage) was founded in 1991 by Patricia Lemmons. Texas-based Vantage specializes in the design and manufacturing of aluminum trailers for the trucking industry throughout the southern and central United States. Lemmon’s sons are also active in the business; Brian is...

Verdesian Life Sciences is an emerging plant health and nutrition company focused on a simple mission: help growers maximize the output of their row crops and specialty crops through the use of patented biologicals, plant nutrition, nutrient managers, specialty...

San Francisco’s Veritable Vegetable (VVEG) was founded in 1974 and has since grown from a small people’s food collective into a bastion of sustainability and ethical business practices. As the oldest organic produce distributor in the country, VVEG has unsurprisingly developed and maintained a...

In 2005 Chris Bailey, now CEO of Vermont Smoke and Cure Inc. (Vermont Smoke and Cure), stepped into Roland’s Smokehouse (Roland’s), a step that has changed his life and bolstered the meat market for Vermont farmers. As a former farmer, Bailey hoped to find a way to help farmers get a better...

In Placedo, Texas, Victoria Calhoun Grain (Vic-Cal) is a grain elevator company serving the Coastal Bend area of South Texas. The company’s locations — Placedo and McFaddin — are accessible by truck and rail and close to the major ports of Houston and...

Victoria Gourmet Inc. (Victoria Gourmet) cares about how people season their meals. Operating from a 17,000-square foot plant in Woburn, Mass., Victoria Gourmet creates superior spice products under the brand name Victoria Taylor Gourmet, adding flavor to both the retail and foodservice markets...

School buses aren’t the most common places to play a part in craft breweries, but that’s where the history of Victory Brewing Company (Victory) got its start. Technically speaking, the brewery didn’t officially begin pouring until 1996, but the company’s co-founders and co-brewmasters, Ron...

School buses aren’t the most common places to play a part in craft breweries, but that’s where the history of Victory Brewing Company (Victory) got its start. Technically speaking, the brewery didn’t officially begin pouring until 1996, but the company’s co-founders and co-brewmasters, Ron...

For Dominic Nocerino, founder and owner of Vinifera Imports Ltd., finding premium and top-quality wines is more than a passion, but also an obsession. “I love this business and I think about wine 24 hours a day,” he says. For the last 36 years Nocerino has been building relationships with some...

In the multibillion dollar wine distribution industry, VinoPRO Inc. serves as a long-term, strategic partner, helping producers reach customers with direct-to-consumer sales, marketing and technology solutions.

Based in Santa Rosa, California, VinoPRO sells wine on behalf of its winery...

Tony Georgitsis founded Vision X Lighting (VX) in 1997, launching a global presence in lighting manufacturing from the company’s first office in Kent, Wash. Georgitsis attended the University of Puget Sound after moving from South Africa to Seattle to stay with his uncle and study, then he got...

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