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Pacific Bells Inc. (Pacific Bells) is quickly approaching the holding company’s 25-year anniversary in 2014. Based in Vancouver, Wash., the franchise owner prides itself in being a family of great people serving great food with unsurpassed customer service.

Pacific Bells, and its...

Fernando Nogueira and Joseph Seyedmorteza are partners in running two local restaurant chains, Pancho’s Mexican Buffet (PMB) and Café Sicilia (CS). Fernando and Joseph both come from backgrounds in the restaurant business. The partners now operate seven restaurants: five buffets and two Italian...

Parts Town LLC (Parts Town) is a restaurant equipment parts supplier with a simple goal: take care of customers and community. The company’s headquarters in Addison, Ill., reverberates with positive energy that stems from the staff’s team spirit, which is reinforced through a corporate climate...

Sometimes a little friendly competition is a good thing. That’s what sparked it all for the now widely acclaimed and rapidly growing Patxi’s Pizza (Patxi’s; pronounced Pah-Cheese) restaurants.

In 2004, Bill Freeman, CEO of the Palo...

Tom and Kathleen Maas, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Pear Valley, always dreamed of owning a winery. This may partially be because Tom was stationed on an army base in Germany, which was surrounded by vineyards. There, he developed a passion for wine, which only deepened as the years passed...

For nearly 70 years, Peirone Produce Co. Inc. (Peirone) has delivered top-notch quality, fresh produce to retail grocery stores from its home in Spokane, Wash., to the Canadian border, northern Idaho to western Montana and northeast Oregon. “We offer retailers a full line of wholesale produce,...

Peppers Unlimited of Louisiana Inc. (PUL) has roots dating back more than 100 years to when Edmund and Louise Bulliard bottled the first commercially sold cayenne pepper sauce in 1910. Working out of the family kitchen in St. Martinville, La., the couple first began distributing the spicy sauce...

Since 1985 Personal Touch Food Service (Personal Touch), a food service management contractor, has provided customers with the highest quality products, while also helping local institutions grow and succeed. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based company serves public and private schools, colleges,...

In the make or break food service industry, oftentimes its survival of the fittest and only those willing to change and adapt to the consumer base thrive. After more than 40 years in business, Peter Piper Pizza (PPP) has learned just that, and the Phoenix-based company’s willingness to embrace...

While remaining true to family ties and roots as a Chicago-centered community grocer, Pete’s Fresh Market (Pete’s) is steadily climbing toward tremendous growth and expansion. The family-owned and -operated company has been a Windy City landmark since the early 1970s when Jimmy Dremonas, owner...

After more than 21 years in business, Pete’s Fresh Market has grown to 12 stores, serving shoppers in greater Chicagoland with high-quality produce and grocery items at competitive prices — all backed by the responsive, flexible service that comes from direct...

Jimmy Dremonas, owner of Pete’s Fresh Market, was just 13 years old when he came to the United States from Greece. The Chicago-based grocer now boasts nine locations in the greater Chicago area with three additional locations in the works, as Pete’s Fresh Market provides some of the area’s best...

From the school lunch box to the dinner table, consumers have been digging into Pik-Nik Foods’ canisters for more than 75 years. Originally established in San Jose, California, Pik-Nik Foods now calls Burlingame home and continues to market its beloved crispy, crunchy Shoestrings made from 100...

It’s a wonder no one says “as American as potatoes,” because for over 70 years Pik-Nik Foods USA (Pik-Nik) has proven that what Americans – and Kuwaitis, Icelanders, Saudi Arabians and Filipinos, for that matter – really want are golden, crispy, deliciously savory shoestring potatoes. The...

Career entrepreneur William Kallop established Pisco Porton in 2009 with the goal of bringing Peru’s heritage-rich national beverage to the United States. He enlisted the help of his son and Columbia MBA graduate, Brent Kallop, to lead...

The Pismo Oceano Vegetable Exchange (POVE) grows, packs and ships the freshest vegetables harvested from 2,000 acres of California’s central coast. The five main growers operate fields from Moro Bay to Rio Arroyo Grande, producing tender vegetables for traditional markets and Asian specialty...

It’s a well-known reality; the restaurant industry is a cut-throat, make-it-or-break-it kind of business. “You sit down at a new place for the first time and that one meal usually decides if you’re going to come back or not,” explains Bassel Osmani, co-founder of Pita Jungle, a Phoenix-based...

Tracy and Marc Frankel established Pizzicato, originally a one-shop, mom and pop pizzeria, in 1989. Based in Portland, Ore., the eatery has grown from a small operation in the back of a convenience store into a chain of popular pizzerias along the West Coast. Tracy and Marc still own the...

Premier Companies has been assisting southeastern Indiana farmers to optimize crop yields in an environmentally responsible manner, while helping grain producers maximize profit for more than 80 years. The Premier Companies include two divisions. Premier Energy offers ethanol blends, biodiesel...

Chefs and fine dining professionals across southern California and beyond are talking about Premier Meat Co. (Premier Meat). From grass-fed veal osso bucco to rib-eye steaks, venison and buffalo short ribs to local...

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