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The late Michael Levin founded M. Levin & Company Inc. (MLC) as a small produce sales operation when he began selling bananas off a horse-drawn wagon in 1906. MLC continued to grow and developed a strong customer base in and around the Tri-state area over the years. In the 1920s MLC became...

Maali Enterprises Inc. is a family-owned management and investment firm based in Orlando and serving a broad area in central Florida. Jesse Maali founded the company in 1989 after coming to the United States from Palestine. Sadly, Jesse passed away in 2005 and his son, Bassel Maali, along with...

Chances are high than any sausage-eating Angeleno has already had a meaty treat from Maestro Sausage Company (Maestro). The fourth-generation family-owned and -operated company has been transforming pork picnics – also known as pork shoulders – into signature sausages since the 1920s, when it...

No matter the food service challenge or need, Manning Brothers Food Service Equipment & Supply Co. (Manning Brothers) has likely seen it, stocked it and solved it over the course of 67 years in operation. Based in Athens, Georgia, Manning Brothers is a one-stop shop for all culinary needs,...

When it comes to designing their kitchens, chain restaurants tend to have a system. But it’s not always the most efficient system.

When Diablo’s Southwest Grill, a small chain restaurant in Athens, Georgia, hired Manning Brothers Food Service...

Since 1967, the Marohn family has built a network of grocery stores that offer something above and beyond big-box chains. As owners of Marohn’s Marketplace Inc. (Marohn’s Market), in Annandale, St. Michael and Cokato, Minn., and a Cub Foods store in Buffalo, Minn., the family-owned grocery...

The foodservice industry is saturated with national conglomerates but in Louisiana, Marque’s Food Distributors has made a name for itself through independent, family ownership and good old-fashioned owner-direct service. With...

For 35 years, Marron Foods has been agglomerating and instantizing powdered ingredients and providing custom processing solutions that have raised the industry standard for quality and functionality. Located in Harrison, New York, Marron Foods is...

Winter 2010 - If you’ve ever been on a liquid shake diet there’s an excellent chance some of the ingredients in those shakes originated at the Marron Foods factory in Durand, a small town in western Wisconsin. For more than three decades, Marron Foods has been producing...

Marukan Vinegar has been slow brewing the world’s finest rice vinegar since 1649 and subsidiary Marukan USA, based in Paramount, California, has brought the Japanese specialty to consumers in the United States. Home cooks to...

There are few companies in North America that can claim to have had as much of an impact on any product as the Mastronardi family has had on tomatoes. Since the 1940s, the family has pioneered the use of commercial greenhouse technology to supply North American with year-round with the juiciest...

After more than 50 years in the produce business, Matarazzo Brothers LLC is reinventing itself, evolving from a specialty tomato house to one-stop-shop for a number of produce items. Based in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Matarazzo Brothers has recently changed ownership, but Anthony Aresco Jr., owner...

In 2011 the U.S. became a net exporter of beef for the first time in 40 years, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA expects that the trend will continue throughout 2012 due in part to a reduction in imports from foreign producers and also an increased demand...

Meriwether Godsey (MG) is an employee-owned dining management company headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., and focused on a single specific ideal: take care of each customer as if they are your only one. MG strives to create popular, healthy, sustainable and memorable dining experiences for each of...

As a nationally licensed importer, distributor and service provider, MHW Ltd. (MHW) has been delivering a simplified platform for international and domestic wine, beer and spirits entering a complex beverage alcohol system for more than 80 years. “If a new brand wants to get started in the U.S...

Pete and Cruz Cortez founded a small café in 1941 with only three tables. Originally established to feed farmers and workers, the small eatery in San Antonio, has grown to a large, landmark operation. Mi Tierra Café and Bakery (MTC) is a local favorite, known for the family’s embrace of rich...

Stan Hunt and Chuck Giller founded Mid/West Fresh Foods Inc. (MWF) in 1987 as a local supplier for fresh produce around Columbus, Ohio. The pair started with a small facility and two trucks. The first customers were five Chi-Chi’s restaurants.

As the company approaches 25 years in...

Midfield Concession Enterprises (MCE), a Romulus, Mich. based airport food service provider and restaurateur is capable of delivering world-class, quality food, management and customer service to any destination. As a female-owned-family-run business, MCE’s hands-on approach allows the company...

Mile Hi Specialty Foods Inc. (Mile Hi) began from the seat of Michael Taddonio’s peddlers cart in the early 1900s. Today, Mile Hi serves some of largest restaurant franchises in the world, as the Denver-based distributor works with big names like McDonald’s Corporation, Starbucks, Famous Dave’s...

The facility that would become Milne Fruit Products Inc. (MFP) began in 1956 as Prosser Packers, and it functioned as an ingredient plant for Kraft Foods. In 1975 Kraft decided to divest the property, and Ray Milne, the plant manager at the time, partnered with other local investors to buy the...

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