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Since 1975, Copper Cellar Corporation (CCC) has been serving quality, home-style foods in banquet-style and sit-down dining locations in Tennessee. Michael Chase established the business with a single location, the group’s first Copper Cellar Restaurant in Knoxville, Tenn. A few years later, he...

Gelato, espresso, Panini, pastries and pasta – the preparation of some of the finest Italian foods is an art form, forged with great care, time and the specialty equipment to get the job done. Before companies, such as family-owned Cora Italian Specialties (CIS) and sister company Desco USA (...

Memphis is arguably the barbecue capital of the world. With more than 125 restaurants dedicated to slow-cooked, hickory smoked, Memphis-style barbecue, it’s hard to stand out in the crowd, but Corky’s Bar-B-Que Inc. (Corky’s) has managed to do so for more than 30 years.

“We celebrated our...

Corn Maiden Foods (CMF) was founded in 1994 by Chef Pascal Dropsy to produce his fusion concept of European and Mexican flavors known as Euro-Mex. Dropsy was confident: He had experience running Michelin Star-rated restaurants in Europe in addition to being a personal chef to Hollywood...

Alan Ayres and his business partners, Ken Bickford and David Desrosiers, founded Corporate Chefs Inc. (CCI) in 1987. After previously working together for Inplant Catering in Woburn, Mass., the trio decided to strike out on their own.

“The reason we started on our own is that we wanted...

According to Silicon Valley Bank’s annual wine industry report, more than 90 percent of wineries on the West Coast reported good-to-excellent harvests in 2014. In Prosser, Washington, family-owned Coyote Canyon Winery and Andrews...

The Crider family has owned and operated Crider Foods for more than 70 years. In 1944, William Ahtee Crider, best known by his middle name, and wife Emma Lou Crider established the business as a fish market.

Over the years, the family established longstanding relationships with local...

Crimson Wine Group (CWG) represents some of the finest luxury wineries in some of the best wine-growing regions up and down the West Coast, and CEO Erle Martin brings passion and a focus to the company to build a portfolio of handcrafted wines with strong identities. “I’m the product of an...

Jam, a favorite breakfast spread beloved by so many, is a fairly uncomplicated product, but Crofter’s Food Ltd. is doing its best with this simple fruit spread to make a difference for the planet and the food supply chain. Crofter’s...

Nobody realized in 1986 that Tom Carroll Jr. was onto something when he advised his parents to plant a vineyard at the family’s home in Pennsylvania. Then again, Tom Jr. was only 10 at the time, and Bucks County didn’t exactly fit the mold of wine country. After a few years, however, Tom Sr. and...

Located in Carbondale, Colorado, Crystal River Meats is one of the country’s largest producers of all-natural, grass-fed beef and lamb. With a distribution network that...

Daniel Del Vecchio, vice president of operations for Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group (CCHG), started cooking at 16 years old and never looked back. Eventually, Del Vecchio’s culinary career helped him cross paths with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michelin-star chef and an original founder of...

Steven Ford, owner of Dallas Direct Distributing LLC (DDD), has a quarter-century of experience in the produce brokerage business. “Before we started DDD, my partner and I worked together for Delmonte Fresh Produce [Delmonte],” explains Ford.

Ford was the sales manager of Delmonte’s...

In 1930, Hassan Halaby founded a small bakery in Brooklyn Heights. Specializing in Middle Eastern breads, Hassan named the business Damascus Bakery Inc. (Damascus) after his hometown in Syria. He was passionate about his work, a characteristic that shone through in the business. His Syrian pita...

Davidson Water Inc. (DWI) was formed by a group of concerned citizens to bring a steady, reliable and safe water supply to the aptly named town of Welcome, N.C. Over the years, the utility has grown from a small operation serving just 2,800 connections to a critical resource provider with over...

Cathy Brand-Beere grew up in the sweets business. As a child, her parents operated a cake decorating and wedding supply store; by the age of 8, she developed a passion for chocolate, working at the family shop. 

“I learned a lot about the confectioner arts growing up,” Cathy explains. “I...

After eight decades, Decas Cranberry Products Inc. (Decas) remains a family-owned and -operated business. Based in Carver, Mass., the company now handles more than 60 million pounds of the tart Burgundy-colored berries a year, selling and...

Spring 2011 - Considering the fact that U.S. businesses have faced a challenging economic climate for the last few years, it’s remarkable and encouraging when a company marks 2009, the bottom of the nationwide economic downturn, as its best year for revenue. Denver...

Desert de Oro Foods (DDO) is Arizona’s largest franchisee of Taco Bell restaurants. The company is owned and operated by a unique team: a brother and sister who have found growing success in the industry over the last three decades. Krystal Burge and Mark Peterson operate 80 Taco Bell franchises...

In 2013 Paul J. DiMare Sr., president of DiMare Fresh, was fittingly pinned with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Southeast Produce Council. This honor tops a long list of achievements over a lifetime, including Agriculturalist of the Year by the Dade County Farm Bureau in 1998 and American...

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