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S&S Cafeterias (S&S) is a fourth-generation family-owned eatery chain based in Macon, Ga. In 1936, James A. Smith Jr. opened the company’s first location in Columbus, Ga.; he was a well-known restaurateur in the area and the first cafeteria found immediate success. In 1949, the family...

Founded in 1869, Sahlen Packing Company has been producing fresh, quality meat products for almost 150 years. Located in the former stockyard district of Buffalo, New York, the business started off as a fresh meat...

San Saba Pecan LP (San Saba) supplies only the finest processed pecans to domestic and international customers alike. San Saba has provided shelled pecan products that set the quality standard for over 40 years, making the company an industry leader in pecan production.

Buddy Adams, CEO...

Santa Maura Spice & Garlic (Santa Maura) specializes in the import and distribution of dried chilies, spices, grains and dried fruit, serving one of the chief food sectors in the U.S. “We cater to the Latin foods industry, which is the third largest in the country,” explains John Rusconi,...

A grand total of 22 parishes encompass the region in Louisiana known as Cajun Country, and the city of Lafayette is the heart and soul of Cajun and Creole culture. Just 30 minutes away is Opelousas, La., home to Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s). Over the course of the last 60...

Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s) has remained a family-owned and -operated company since 1955. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Eula Savoie, the Louisiana-based company delivers the best of Cajun culture through specialty meats and food products.

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Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s) has remained a family-owned and -operated company since 1955. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Eula Savoie, the Louisiana-based company delivers the best of Cajun culture through specialty meats and food products.

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Sharon and Mike Schilling planted the first grapes at what would become SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery (SchillingBridge) in 2002. “The plan was to grow grapes for area wineries,” Sharon explains. The original growing operation was not intended to grow into one of the finest vineyard...

The Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial seem at home on the list of most visited sites in Washington, D.C., but for three years in a row, a specialty wine and liquor store led the competition. Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, a third-...

Since 1925, one New Jersey-based company has kept beverage service flowing at fast food establishments, bars and clubs, as well as fine dining restaurants, schools, corporate offices and more. Sea Breeze, the makers of classic,...

Since 1925, one New Jersey-based company has kept beverage service flowing at fast food establishments, bars and clubs, as well as fine dining restaurants, schools, corporate offices and more. Sea Breeze, the makers of classic,...

Steven Richter has been in the seafood imports business for 38 years; after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology he went to work with his uncle at a company now known as Chicken of the Sea. Richter later began his own company, Sea to Sea LLC (C2C), which has been importing aquatic...

Over the course of the last few decades, the commercial fishing industry has been reeling in mass success, with vessels that can go further, stay longer and catch more; however, the demand has taken a toll on the world’s oceans. It is estimated that 63 percent of global fish stocks are now...

Family pasta dinners should be more than a jar of sauce poured over a box of dried noodles. Proper pasta is crafted from the finest ingredients and traditional Italian recipes, the way Seviroli Foods has been creating it for over 50 years.

Seviroli Foods has become the country's largest...

Seward Co-op (Seward) is a community-owned grocery store serving members and customers alike in Minneapolis, Minn. The cooperative – named after its neighborhood – opened its doors in 1972 during a national boom of cooperative businesses.
“Seward was founded by individuals who were looking...

The Shaheen family has been involved in the food business since the 1920s, when family patriarch Peter Shaheen established a small, single-proprietor produce business in Lawrence, Mass. Initially, Peter began working in the local neighborhoods, selling fresh fruits and vegetables from a horse-...

In 1907, the Shapiro brothers founded a small potato and onion house, purveying the popular root vegetables in the heart of the Los Angeles produce corridor. What began as a small business out of a horse and buggy has now grown into a large produce business, selling high-quality produce of all...

Founded in 1986, Shasta Produce has grown to become the largest wholesale distributor of fruits and vegetables in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded as Andrighetto Produce Inc., the family-owned and – operated company is run by CEO David Andrighetto,...

For Riad Shatila, founder of Michigan-based Shatila Food Products LLC (Shatila), baking fresh Lebanese sweets was a labor of love. From old-world style baklava layered with buttery paper-thin pastry, nuts and honey syrup to sweet date laden ma’amoul shortbreads and creamy homemade pistachio ice...

In Santa Cruz, California, Shopper’s Corner Inc. is anything but the ordinary in grocery shopping. For 77 years, the family-owned and -operated store has brought customers a colorful, exciting shopping experience.  Shopper’s has been...

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