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Steven Ford, owner of Dallas Direct Distributing LLC (DDD), has a quarter-century of experience in the produce brokerage business. “Before we started DDD, my partner and I worked together for Delmonte Fresh Produce [Delmonte],” explains Ford.

Ford was the sales manager of Delmonte’s...

In 1930, Hassan Halaby founded a small bakery in Brooklyn Heights. Specializing in Middle Eastern breads, Hassan named the business Damascus Bakery Inc. (Damascus) after his hometown in Syria. He was passionate about his work, a characteristic that shone through in the business. His Syrian pita...

Davidson Water Inc. (DWI) was formed by a group of concerned citizens to bring a steady, reliable and safe water supply to the aptly named town of Welcome, N.C. Over the years, the utility has grown from a small operation serving just 2,800 connections to a critical resource provider with over...

Cathy Brand-Beere grew up in the sweets business. As a child, her parents operated a cake decorating and wedding supply store; by the age of 8, she developed a passion for chocolate, working at the family shop. 

“I learned a lot about the confectioner arts growing up,” Cathy explains. “I...

After eight decades, Decas Cranberry Products Inc. (Decas) remains a family-owned and -operated business. Based in Carver, Mass., the company now handles more than 60 million pounds of the tart Burgundy-colored berries a year, selling and...

Spring 2011 - Considering the fact that U.S. businesses have faced a challenging economic climate for the last few years, it’s remarkable and encouraging when a company marks 2009, the bottom of the nationwide economic downturn, as its best year for revenue. Denver...

Desert de Oro Foods (DDO) is Arizona’s largest franchisee of Taco Bell restaurants. The company is owned and operated by a unique team: a brother and sister who have found growing success in the industry over the last three decades. Krystal Burge and Mark Peterson operate 80 Taco Bell franchises...

In 2013 Paul J. DiMare Sr., president of DiMare Fresh, was fittingly pinned with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeast Produce Council. This honor tops a long list of achievements over a lifetime, including Agriculturalist of the Year by the Dade County Farm Bureau in 1998 and American...

While some would say it was Subway’s Eat Fresh concept that pioneered the fast-casual dining concept in 1965, the industry trend of restaurants falling somewhere between fast-food, drive-thru (such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King) and classic sit-down casual (along the lines of Applebee...

Direct Source Seafood (DSS), a seafood importer and wholesaler, was founded in 2010 and has had great success and sales growth in its first four years in business. DSS now distributes to customers across the United States from its headquarters in Seattle, Wash., and satellite offices throughout...

For more than 30 years, Diversified Foods & Seasonings LLC (DFS) has been developing ingredients that take fantastic food to the next level. The Louisiana-based company, located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, manufactures custom-cooked foods, blended dry marinades, gravies, sauces...

For nearly 70 years, the Don Hall’s Restaurants dotting Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Guesthouse Hotel have been city landmarks, noted for unique dining experiences and a long running family history. From a retro-1950s drive-up...

Donut Bank serves up more than just coffee and donuts every day; the team serves up smiles. For three generations the family-owned and -operated bakery has churned out the highest quality donuts, long johns, coffee cakes and cookies, using a proprietary recipe that has changed little, if at all...

Dorignac’s is a supermarket located on the outskirts of New Orleans that boasts a distinctive flavor as rich as the city itself. Dorignac’s has established a regional presence for quality service and products, working with local and international suppliers to provide fresh foods for a growing...

For 30 years, Duffy’s Sports Grill has been a frequent destination for coworkers, friends and families of all ages to sit back, relax, enjoy a delicious meal and tune into the big game. With 28 locations from Miami to Orlando and soon to...

Ariane Daguin came to the United States from France in the early 1980s to study at Columbia University in New York City and to establish a life outside the Daguin family business. Ariane’s father, Andre Daguin, was the chef at and owner of Gascony-based Hotel de France in southwest France, where...