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24 Carrots Catering & Events (24 Carrots) has proudly been setting standards in the event-planning business in Orange County, Calif., since 2004. Norm and Sherri Bennett founded the business. Norm was born in Switzerland, raised in the U.S. and graduated from the Culinary Institute of...

3 Fish Inc. (3FI) has been processing and distributing seafood since 1997. Formerly known as Fresher than Fresh Seafood, the family-owned and –operated business has built a brand known for fresh taste, safe practices and innovative food products. Ronnie Wrenn, president of 3FI, works alongside...

40ParkLane LLC (40ParkLane) is dedicated to all things gezellig. “Gezellig”: a Dutch word that loosely translates to cozy or pleasant, but holds a meaning that includes time spent with family, friends and even colleagues often accompanied by a good drink and great food.

40ParkLane was...

A recent report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) cites that the number of brewery permits in the U.S. has skyrocketed to nearly 4,500, up from 3,084 breweries as of July 31, 2014. The backbone behind the grassroots craft brew movement, steadily gaining steam in cities across...

Advantage Food Marketing, DBA Advantage Marketing, was established in 1974 as the first independent full food service sales and marketing company in the New York metropolitan area. One of the first ventures of its type in the nation, it was established at a time when traditional retail food...

AJ Trucco Inc. (Trucco) has been in business since 1937 when the business first set up shop in the old Washington Produce Market in downtown Manhattan. Over the years, the business has grown significantly and in 1965, the company relocated to Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx.

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In 1972, Dan Strazzullo and his sister, Sue, opened a small fish market in coastal San Bruno, Calif. The siblings are the third generation in a family tradition of seafood sales in California, which kicked off when their grandfather immigrated to the United States.

“Our grandfather came...

Allen Harim (AH) evolved from a line of family-owned poultry businesses serving the eastern United States. The tradition began in 1919 as Allen Hatcheries, growing with demand for poultry for more than 50 years. In the 1970s, the...

For Alpine Valley Bread Company in Mesa, Arizona, more is less. Since forming as a small 2,000-square-foot bakery in 1997, founder Todd Wood and his family have upheld the belief that organic bread can be flavorful, nutritious and simple by nature. While customers will find Alpine Valley’s array...

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...

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,...

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,...

There are many steps along the way before thousands of individual components arrive at restaurants and retail stores across the country every day. The vast complexity of supply chains can be overwhelming. However, Armada, a Pittsburgh-based supply chain management and efficiencies firm, knows...

When the brisk fall air rolls into northern New England, Atkins Farms Country Market rolls up its sleeves and gets to work during one of its busiest times of year. For more than half a century, the apple orchard and country food market...

Au Bon Pain (ABP) has set the standard for fast-casual restaurants by focusing on high quality, fresh and flavorful foods and nontraditional urban markets. Since its founding in 1978, the Boston-based company has revolutionized and catalyzed the growth of the bakery and café market segment by...

Aurora Products Inc. (Aurora) is on a mission to prove with its Aurora Natural product line that not all packaged dried fruit and nut products are created equal. Aurora was founded in 1998 with a goal of producing only the highest quality products possible, which the team achieves by setting...

Doron Ilai founded austiNuts Wholesale Inc. (austiNuts) in 1993 as an effort to bring tasty Mediterranean-style dry-roasted nuts to the United States. “I came from Israel,” says Ilai. “People snack on nuts and dry fruits there on a regular basis.” While obtaining his doctorate in clinical...

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