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There’s something brewing at TalkingRain, the Seattle-based maker of Sparkling ICE, a naturally flavored, zero calorie sparkling beverage. While TalkingRain has been an iconic brand in the Northwest, the company is experiencing renewed...

Located in Somerset, Kentucky, Team Modern Distributors Inc. is the largest privately held wholesale distribution company in the state. Specializing in the convenience “c-store” market, Team Modern currently works with some 675...

Texas Jasmine was founded in 1992 on a few simple principles: give people what they want, give it to them at a great price, and do it with integrity. The company is a distributor of goods for convenience (c-store) and grocery stores in and around Houston, Texas, but it operates with a twist....

The Davidson Company Inc. (Davidson) began in 1974 when David and Eva Rowe purchased a small distribution business, which today has blossomed into a Connecticut-based specialty food and beverage distributor. Bob Rowe, second-generation president of Davidson, along with his three brothers James,...

Andrew and Shauna Smith founded The Four Foods Group (FFG) in 2008 with a focus on creating jobs and spreading a love of good food. FFG’s executive team is comprised of colleagues with a knack for teamwork, innovation and a love for the business.
“We began as an investment and management...

Hank Miller, founder and CEO of The Fresh Connection (TFC), always had the desire to be a farmer, but he never imagined the impact that he would have on the global produce industry. “I knew I wanted to be a famer from an early age,” recalls Miller. “I didn’t grow up in a farming family, though,...

The Grand Central Oyster Bar Inc. (Oyster Bar) has been a New York City landmark for more than 100 years. Located in the lower level of the historic Grand Central Terminal, Oyster Bar has emerged over the years as one of the city’s top-notch seafood restaurants, known for an abundance of fresh,...

If you’re a company or organization that has been making your own pizzas from scratch and wishes to expand business, the Hansen Companies (Hansen) may be the answer. Whether distributing products through fundraising or through retail facilities, Hansen is the source for “private labeling.”...

Tracy Hayward left her job in political fundraising in 1987, sold her house for start-up capital and moved back in with her parents at the age of 30 to pursue her entrepreneurial exploits. It could have been a recipe for disaster, but instead it turned out to be the formula for sweet success....

The Produce Connection Inc. (PCI) delivers a select bounty of the freshest fruits and vegetables sourced from the finest lots and farms all over the country. The Florida-based company focuses on personalized service to meet the needs of an ever-evolving food service industry. PCI celebrates 20...

What’s the key to serving great food to 2,900 students on meal plans and 2,000 faculty and staff? It’s listening to what they say.

That’s according to Bettie Clarke, the executive director of campus dining for the University of Richmond Dining...

Lincoln Warrell, chairman of The Warrell Corporation Inc. (Warrell), isn’t afraid to ask questions. With a background in chemical engineering, entering the candy business wasn’t exactly part of Lincoln’s initial plan. “I had no prior experience, other than that I enjoyed candy,” Lincoln jokes. “...

Culiacan Valley in Sinaloa, Mexico, is one of the country’s most agriculturally important growing regions. The valley’s farmers produce an abundance of rice, wheat and fresh produce, and a large portion of the region’s crops make their way into the United States via the Nogales, Ariz., border...

For nearly 70 years, third generation owned and operated Thompson & Little Inc. has been one of the Southeast’s top food service equipment dealers. Located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Thompson &...

As consumers across the U.S. look for more increasing supply chain tracking and accountability when it comes to food sources, the Thumb Soilseed Producers' Cooperative is benefiting from the public's interest in how and where produce is grown and processed. Thumb Oilseed started in 1999 as a...

It takes more than a nice end cap to stand out in the grocery business. Competitors are fierce, numerous and often fill 50,000-square foot spaces. So how does an independent grocer stand out? Follow the lead of Toucan Market and find an unaddressed niche.

Robert (Bob) F. Baur Jr. and...

In 2013, many foodie trends took the world by storm. First, there was farmers-market-fresh kale, followed by the curious chia seed, the gluten-free quinoa craze, sea-salted everything and, who could forget, the Vietnamese soup pho. 

What’s the outlook for 2014? 

It...

Trinity Fresh (Trinity) began in 2007 as a uniquely formatted food distributor for produce and is now the fresh distribution solution throughout the U.S. Paul Abess, founder and president of Trinity, worked for JC Produce for many years’ prior, building knowledge and experience before striking...

For many Americans, their four-legged friends are more than pets; they are members of the family. Since 1964, dog and cat owners have trusted a family-owned name to deliver the best, fresh, wholesome food for their beloved companions: Minnesota-based...

Preston Turco grew up in the food business in New York City. “My father had a 24-hour green grocer, which was mostly produce on 110th and Broadway,” says Preston. “I picked up that knowledge of the industry.”

Preston helped out his father at the shop, and eventually struck out on his own...

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