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Kevin Eggert’s grandfather Carle H. Belt founded C.H. Belt & Associates Inc. (C.H. Belt) in 1968. In the four-plus decades since, the family business has carved out a niche in fresh and frozen produce distribution throughout the United States and into Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. With...

Cadco Ltd. (Cadco) is a foodservice equipment company headquartered in Winsted, Conn., that specializes in countertop convection ovens and other small equipment made available through dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Cadco does much of its own manufacturing at its Connecticut facility, and has...

Caddy Corporation (Caddy) has been in business since 1945, when Henry Rothschild established the business as a small custom stainless steel fabricator. For nearly 70 years, the company has grown and diversified. Caddy has become a leading manufacturer of high-quality food service equipment and...

The Calandro family has been a name in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, grocery business since 1941 when owners Brazil and Vennera Calandro opened the first small corner store, originally named the Plee-zing Food Store, at 4142 Government Street. Three generations later, the family name and signature...

The corporate identity “Calbee North America” has only existed since 2010, but the road that led to its inception took place over half a century. Calbee North America’s parent company, Calbee Foods Co, was founded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949, and is the second-largest snack food company in the...

CandyWarehouse.com (CandyWarehouse) is one of the country’s largest online retailers of sweets. Christopher Pratt, CEO and founder of CandyWarehouse, started the business in 1998. “It started as mostly an experiment in learning about the Internet,” explains Pratt.

With a master’s degree...

Visitors to Virginia Beach have certain expectations when they come to vacation at the Atlantic coast resort town; miles of sandy beaches, a bustling Boardwalk, and of course, lots of fresh seafood. Since 1979, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant has been bringing the bounty of the sea to...

There are many reasons Kristina Chastain, president and CEO of Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant (Captain George’s), loves the restaurant industry, but her main motive has always been people. Today, the seafood-buffet is expanding across the East Coast, with four locations in three states and...

In 1991 Americas Produce, owned by Harvey Pollak, as well as Carbon Produce, owned by Fernando Piaz, merged to form CarbAmericas Inc. (CarbAmericas). After one year of doing business Harvey bought out Fernando’s shares. CarbAmericas is currently owned by Harvey, CEO, as well as Jeff Friedman,...

Whether reading data from the National Coffee Association or merely walking around in public, it’s clear to see the presence of coffee in the United States beverage arena. Forty percent of 18 to 24 year olds and over 50 percent of 25 to 39 year olds will enjoy at least one cup, and on average...

The food brokerage industry is often dominated by national conglomerates, offering a one-size-fits-all solution and little in terms of direct ownership and involvement. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Carlin O’Brien Batson (COB)...

John A. Jones Sr. began his professional journey in Georgia at Cudahy Packing, and was then recruited by a group of Smithfield, N.C., businessmen to relocate and start a pork and beef processing plant. Jones Sr. then became a stockholder and manager of Carolina Packing, which was later rebranded...

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Inc. (Cattlemen’s) opened its doors in 1910 to feed cowboys, ranchers and cattle haulers working in the stockyards of Oklahoma City, Okla. Over the years, the restaurant has embraced a rough and rowdy history in true Old West fashion.

“Around 1945, the original...

Traditionally, farms in the United States have been feeding the world for the last 200 years. But as we become more industrialized, fewer young people are choosing farming as an occupation. The number of family-run farms in the U.S. has been steadily decreasing since its peak at roughly 7...

When Chabaso Bakery (Chabaso) opened its doors in the heart of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1995, it was one of the first artisan bread companies in the United States. Now, after nearly 20 years in business, the bakery is ranked No. 1 artisan bread...

Since 1987 Chef’s Choice Cash & Carry (Chef’s Choice) has been a fixture in New York’s West Indian neighborhood. Based in Flatbush, Brooklyn, family-owned and –operated Chef’s Choice was one of the first to cater to vibrant Caribbean American community.

“My father, Frank Russo,...

Fall 2010 - Hamdi Ulukaya grew up in eastern Turkey, where his family was in the farming and dairy manufacturing business. In 1994 he came to the United States as a student, and following graduation he put a lifetime growing up in the industry into opening his first...

Cirillo’s IGA Market (Cirillo’s) is an intimate family-owned and -operated business with two grocery stores on Long Island, in Amagansett and Bellport, N.Y. Frances Cirillo, president and CEO of Cirillo’s, has owned the company for nearly three decades and had worked in the food retail business...

In 2008, Michael Dorf opened a unique venue on Varick Street in lower Manhattan. After 20 years of running The Knitting Factory, one of New York’s most beloved music venues, Dorf was ready to explore new opportunities. Guided by his passion for quality wine and music, he combined two distinct...

E. Friedman Associates Inc. (E. Friedman) was established in 1984 by Elliot Friedman and just celebrated its 30-year anniversary. Based out of New York City, E. Friedman is a fully authorized food service equipment dealer that also specializes in commercial kitchen design, project management and...

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