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In 1991 Americas Produce, owned by Harvey Pollak, as well as Carbon Produce, owned by Fernando Piaz, merged to form CarbAmericas Inc. (CarbAmericas). After one year of doing business Harvey bought out Fernando’s shares. CarbAmericas is currently owned by Harvey, CEO, as well as Jeff Friedman,...

Whether reading data from the National Coffee Association or merely walking around in public, it’s clear to see the presence of coffee in the United States beverage arena. Forty percent of 18 to 24 year olds and over 50 percent of 25 to 39 year olds will enjoy at least one cup, and on average...

The food brokerage industry is often dominated by national conglomerates, offering a one-size-fits-all solution and little in terms of direct ownership and involvement. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Carlin O’Brien Batson (COB)...

John A. Jones Sr. began his professional journey in Georgia at Cudahy Packing, and was then recruited by a group of Smithfield, N.C., businessmen to relocate and start a pork and beef processing plant. Jones Sr. then became a stockholder and manager of Carolina Packing, which was later rebranded...

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse Inc. (Cattlemen’s) opened its doors in 1910 to feed cowboys, ranchers and cattle haulers working in the stockyards of Oklahoma City, Okla. Over the years, the restaurant has embraced a rough and rowdy history in true Old West fashion.

“Around 1945, the original...

Traditionally, farms in the United States have been feeding the world for the last 200 years. But as we become more industrialized, fewer young people are choosing farming as an occupation. The number of family-run farms in the U.S. has been steadily decreasing since its peak at roughly 7...

When Chabaso Bakery (Chabaso) opened its doors in the heart of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1995, it was one of the first artisan bread companies in the United States. Now, after nearly 20 years in business, the bakery is ranked No. 1 artisan bread...

Since 1987 Chef’s Choice Cash & Carry (Chef’s Choice) has been a fixture in New York’s West Indian neighborhood. Based in Flatbush, Brooklyn, family-owned and –operated Chef’s Choice was one of the first to cater to vibrant Caribbean American community.

“My father, Frank Russo,...

Fall 2010 - Hamdi Ulukaya grew up in eastern Turkey, where his family was in the farming and dairy manufacturing business. In 1994 he came to the United States as a student, and following graduation he put a lifetime growing up in the industry into opening his first...

Cirillo’s IGA Market (Cirillo’s) is an intimate family-owned and -operated business with two grocery stores on Long Island, in Amagansett and Bellport, N.Y. Frances Cirillo, president and CEO of Cirillo’s, has owned the company for nearly three decades and had worked in the food retail business...

In 2008, Michael Dorf opened a unique venue on Varick Street in lower Manhattan. After 20 years of running The Knitting Factory, one of New York’s most beloved music venues, Dorf was ready to explore new opportunities. Guided by his passion for quality wine and music, he combined two distinct...

E. Friedman Associates Inc. (E. Friedman) was established in 1984 by Elliot Friedman and just celebrated its 30-year anniversary. Based out of New York City, E. Friedman is a fully authorized food service equipment dealer that also specializes in commercial kitchen design, project management and...

In February 2005, Angela N. Cauley combined her expertise in food science and technology with the agribusiness and applied economics skills of her husband, Ian Y. Blount, to co-found Coalescence, LLC (Coalescence), a custom dry ingredient blending and packaging company headquartered in Columbus...

Cold Spring Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Minnesota and among the top 50 nationwide. The company traces its roots back to 1858 and has been family-owned for most of its history. The original brew house was...

Columbia Meats Inc. (Columbia) has been a distributor of choice for hundreds of restaurants and grocery stores in the southeast since 2000. The company has since amassed some big-name clients, including Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Golden Coral, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Bojangles’ Famous...

In a market full of large-scale corporate giants, Columbiana Foods Inc. (Columbiana) is holding tight to independent family ownership. The Ohio-based grocer is a franchisee of Giant Eagle supermarkets, which also...

The story of Concession Services Inc. (CSI) started when Paul Rosenbaum brought his family to the United States in 1939. “My family emigrated here from Czechoslovakia,” says Edith Leonian, Paul’s daughter and the current president of CSI. Paul founded the company with his brother, Max, only a...

Consolidated Dairies Inc. (CDI) dates back to 1923, when it operated as a direct-to-doorstep home milk delivery service, though the company didn’t officially incorporated until the 1970s. CDI represents a much larger variety of products today, including beverages and local value-added products,...

After many years in the dairy industry, two business partners decided it was time for a change. “In 2009 Mark Boytim and I were hired by Continental Dairy Products Inc. [CDPI], a milk marketing cooperative in Coopersville, Mich., for our background in project development and plant design on the...

With factories in Shirley and Islip, New York, Cookies United has more than 200,000 square feet of production and nine complete baking lines, making for fast and efficient production of a range of specialty baked goods. The company’s...

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