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The story behind H&S Bakery Inc. (H&S) is the epitome of the classic American Dream. The Paterakis family and the Tsakalos family emigrated separately from Greece to the United States in the early 1920s, seeking a better life for the next generation. A few decades later, two of the...

Heartland Mill Inc. (HMI) started in the 1970s in a Kansas basement. Paul Hughes had been grinding grains to flour and driving them across Kansas and, eventually, Colorado for sale. In 1978, Hughes met Mark Nightengale, a grain farmer...

Joe Swiatkowski, current president of Hickory Harvest Foods (Hickory Harvest), fondly remembers the time he spent during his childhood running around his family’s cheese and summer sausage distribution company. Today the Ohio-based company no longer distributes cheese or summer sausage, but it...

Hillcrest Foods, Inc. (Hillcrest) is a wholesale distributor of bakery, dairy and gourmet specialty food items. Chris Barkyoumb, the company’s president and owner, grew up on his family’s poultry farm, which he took over from his father. In 1982 Barkyoumb founded Hillcrest as a company that...

With approximately 850 sushi bars in everything from specialty supermarkets to cafes, hospitals, universities, airports, corporate food service locations and more across the country, Hissho Sushi is rounding out its 17th year in business with...

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of growth for Hissho Sushi (Hissho). The North Carolina-based food service provider and distributor owns and operates over 400 sushi bars in upscale supermarkets, cafés, hospitals, universities and corporate locations. Hissho’s dedication to...

The story of Hodgson Mill Inc. begins in 1837, when Alva Hodgson, pioneer and entrepreneur, built a water-driven grain mill deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Over the course of several decades and a few rebuilds, the mill changed...

The story of Hodgson Mill Inc. begins in 1837, when Alva Hodgson, pioneer and entrepreneur, built a water-driven grain mill deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Over the course of several decades and a few rebuilds, the mill changed hands. In...

Two little words in the third line of many nutrition facts labels – trans-fat – have been causing big problems since scientists developed the man-made fat over 100 years ago. While for years most Americans have been eating trans fats in their favorite foods, including cookies, crackers, cakes,...

The Overgaag family has been in agriculture for four generations. Their roots trace back to 1927, when the family began building a strong business in Holland growing flowers in greenhouses. Two generations later, in 1970...

Homestead Pole Bean Cooperative (Homestead) started 56 years ago, the way most cooperatives do, out of the notion that there is strength in numbers. “Homestead was established in 1958,” recounts Emilio M. Mirzakhani, general manager of the Florida-based business. “At the time, pole beans were...

Hot Mama’s Foods (HMF) started in the mid-1980s as a small operation in western Massachusetts. Originally a one-woman operation creating diverse and tasty foods in her home kitchen, the business has grown significantly since Matt Morse purchased the company in 1991.

Today, HMF is a large...

Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company has been churning out gallons and half gallons of popular premium ice cream flavors for nearly 90 years. Based in Holland, Michigan, the creamery is putting a twist on time-tested recipes and adding new all-natural...

There’s something truly nostalgic about a giant ice cream cone, piled high with your favorite flavors. One lick of the sweet, creamy treat and it’s like childhood all over again. For Hudsonville Ice Cream LLC (Hudsonville), that is what business is all about: creating memories scoop by scoop....