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Amazing Grass was founded to prove that not all greens are created equal. Brandon Bert and Todd Habermehl jumped ship from high-tech corporate America in 2002 to start the company from the Bert dining room table. The Bert family has spent the past 70 years perfecting the cultivation, harvesting...

Amazon Produce Network LLC (Amazon) was officially founded in 2000, but the idea for a company that supplied mangoes year-round sprouted earlier from a class project for its founders’ graduate school programs. Business partners Gilmar Mello and Greg Golden paired up to develop a project that...

Despite the drought that has nearly dried up ground water irrigation in southern California’s Ventura County produce belt, America Berry Farms (America Berry) is growing at an unprecedented rate. Since moving its strawberry growing operations to U.S. soil,...

Eli Schmoeger took over American Cleaning Service Co. (ACS) in 2010; however, the Boise-based family-owned business has been around for more than 60 years. “My grandfather founded this company by himself in 1949,” Eli explains. “He started with a bucket and a squeegee working door to door...

December wouldn’t be the same without the deep red poinsettias dotting centerpieces, and American Color Inc. has been supplying the popular plant, as well as a range of other flowering annuals, perennials and holiday plants, for 16 years.

American Color has proudly sold millions of plants...

American Fire Technologies (AFT) has been providing life safety for people and the protection of assets from unanticipated occurrences for 22 years. “Our responsive, solution-oriented approach protects critical environments for public energy and utilities companies,” states Paul Hayes, CEO of...

Justin Segel founded American Pasteurization Company (APC) in 2004. “Basically, I have spent my life, more or less, in the food business,” says Segel, CEO of APC. Before founding APC, Segel spent 30 years in the meatpacking business, and he boasts over a decade of experience with large...

America’s favorite legume, the peanut, has a growing number of foreign fans.

In the past 15 years, free trade initiatives like the North American Trade Agreement (...

Brennan Mulcahy and Ravi Thuraisingham have successfully grown American Solar Direct Inc. (ASD), a full-service residential solar panel installation company with a tried-and-true method. ASD started humbly in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2009 with Mulcahy, Thuraisingham, five staff members and a...

Founded by Fred Wehling in 1995, Amerilab Technologies Inc. is the country’s largest contract manufacturer of effervescent tablets. Based in Plymouth, Minnesota, Amerilab serves food distributors, health...

For more than 90 years, Amigos Foods has been providing a range of Tex-Mex favorites to customers across the country. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Amigos offers a range of Tex-Mex jarred sauces and canned products, as well as fried corn products such as...

Amigos Foods (Amigos) is a Tex-Mex foods processor located in San Antonio, Texas, that has been in operation since 1925. The company started as a small canning business with a small tortilla manufacturing operation, but has grown its product line to include beans, salsas, sauces, taco shells and...

Over the last several years, as the U.S. economy makes small, yet steady gains to prerecession levels, the outlook for the restaurant industry is one of the most promising, especially in the fast-casual concept niche. As hungry consumers line up out the door to dine at chains, such as Chipotle,...

Amsdell Companies is a privately owned family of real estate and development companies based in Cleveland, Ohio. The family business has been around since 1928 in a number of incarnations; it started as a construction company, and has since been active in several billions of dollars worth of...

“I was not really born for this job, I was bred for it,” Steve Rogers laughs. "I have done almost every job in this place!" Steve grew up working alongside his father Ron in his plastic injection molding company, Anchor Tool & Plastic. After Ron expanded the company to Nogales, Mexico, Steve...

Every year farmers in the U.S. grow more than 1 billion pounds of walnuts. California is by far the largest walnut-growing state and in Tehama County, Andersen & Sons Shelling Inc. has been contributing to the state’s walnut crop for generations. Family-owned...

Andrews Foodservice Systems (AFS) started in 1926 with brothers Joe and George Andrews, a push cart full of peaches on consignment, and a sidewalk at the corner of Second and Main streets in Pueblo, Colo. The company has since grown to be one of the leading broadline distributors of food,...

Alberto Fernandez Sr. founded ANF Group Inc. (ANF) in 1981. After spending years in commercial development, Alberto Sr. wanted to start a family business for the Fernandez’s future.

Alberto Sr. accomplished his dream; today his sons, Alberto Jr. and Nelson, operate ANF with longtime...

Anipro/Xtraformance Feeds (Anipro) is a division of XF Enterprises, a company that has been serving the agricultural feed market since 1960, providing mineral supplements and consulting services for producers throughout the United States.

Over the years, the parent company has grown and...

In Apache, Oklahoma, Apache Farmers’ Cooperative (AFC) has been a fixture in the community, supporting local farmers, large and small, and area families for more than 96 years. Serving central and western Oklahoma the cooperative’s core business lines are...

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