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Founded in 1934, R&R Provisions is a family-owned and -operated food distributor and manufacturer providing custom-cut steaks, meats and assorted food products to a range of food service and retail customers throughout the Lehigh Valley in Eastern Pennsylvania and across the mid-Atlantic...

R.L. Schreiber Inc. (R.L. Schreiber) is celebrating 45 years as a family-owned and -operated enterprise in 2013. R.L. Schreiber continues to manufacture and distribute food bases, spices, seasoning blends and other flavor amplifiers to the food service industry. The Florida-based company...

Named after the lush rainforests in South America, where Brian Jardim, founder and CEO of Rainforest Seafoods  (Rainforest), first started importing fish, Rainforest has quickly become the Caribbean’s...

With roots tracing all the way back to 1888, Rainier Fruit Company has become one of the nation’s largest growers of organic apples, pears, cherries and blueberries. Located in the heart of Washington’s Yakima Valley — one of the country’...

Many food trends come and go but there’s a movement coming out of the South Pacific that’s sure to stick around as the flavors of the Philippines reach U.S. shores and become increasingly popular among consumers. One company that’s pioneered the entry of Filipino cuisine is...

Ramey’s Marketplace (Ramey’s) is a family tradition. It started back in the early 1950s, when Herbert Ramey Sr. saw a need in Wayne County, Miss. He started the first traveling grocery store that would visit the rural communities to provide the residents with fresh meats and produce. As times...

Today more consumers are demanding information about where their food comes from, especially in the case of meat and animal products. They also want confidence in the fact that it’s processed in a safe, healthy manner. The same goes for chefs and restaurateurs. When doing business with...

Most milk travels hundreds of miles before it reaches the store shelf. Luckily for consumers in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and surrounding communities, fresh dairy products are close to home with local, family-run farms such as Reed’s Dairy Inc....

In 1924, the Vecchie family founded a small, independent business in Kincaid, Ill., geared toward distributing quality, name-brand beverages and food products. Now, 90 years later, that business, Refreshment Service Pepsi (RSP), has grown and diversified immensely.

RSP now operates across...

Rick Patrick and Kurt Knutz founded Refrigeration Unlimited Inc. (RUI) in 1993 as a small refrigeration contractor based in Seattle. What began as a five-man local operation has grown to a national business with 80 employees. Today, the company serves customers in more than 10 states, providing...

Ken Swerdlick had to give up contracting in the 1980s due to the housing market crash, so to support himself he got a job at a restaurant. When the kitchen staff learned about his construction background they teased him that he wouldn't last long. “I ended up becoming head chef, and the rest is...

After almost 30 years in business, Richard’s Food Distributors (RFD) has risen to the top of the retail food distributing chain in the greater Los Angeles area. Today, RFD serves a range of retail and grocery stores, particularly in the Hispanic market, delivering within a 50-mile radius of the...

River View Farm Inc. (RVF) has been raising livestock in America’s corn belt for four generations and consistently falls amongst the biggest producers of poultry and eggs in the state of Indiana. With one main farm in Orleans, Ind., the company raises both pullets and chickens in addition to...

When Sam D. Cobb, second-generation owner and president of RMS Foods Inc. (RMS), joined the family business in 1976 the company had just nine employees. Since then RMS has grown into a full-fledged operation as the sole supplier of the famous Boca brand and a strategic partner of industry giant...

Since 1961, Roadtown Wholesale and RiteWay Food Markets (RTW) has been selling high-quality food, beverages and necessities in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Majority shareholder Peter Haycraft established the business more than 50 years ago. Since then, the operation has grown to serve...

Robert Winner Sons Inc. (RWS) has been named the top butcher shop in Ohio’s Darke County for three years running. To uphold the prestigious reputation, RWS raises livestock in addition to being a quality supplier of meat in the western Ohio region.

Robert Winner founded RWS in 1928...

Established in 1848, the Herzog family winery was prosperous, even supplying the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, Franz Joseph, with quality wine. During World War II, however, the Herzog family was forced into hiding, and their small Czechoslovakia-based family winery was given to the hands of a...