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Within the world of food production, the Grand Prairie Foods Inc. (Grand Prairie) name holds an unrivaled weight. Since its founding in 2003 when Kurt Loudenback, president and CEO of Grand Prairie, and his wife, Valerie, purchased and renamed a longtime producer of barbecued ribs, shredded pork...

Based in the small town of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, just outside of the Twin Cities, is Grandma’s Bakery – a family-run operation that hasn’t changed much in 37 years. While change can be a good thing, John Lupo, founder...

John Lupo got into the baking business on a hot summer day in 1978 when he opened a Mister Donut franchise on the east side of St. Paul, Minn., with his father. “I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a business degree at a time when nobody was hiring new college graduates,” he says...

As a second-generation company celebrating its 40-year anniversary, Grecian Delight Foods Inc. (Grecian) showcases the power of a family-operated organization within a niche food industry. At the company’s helm is Peter Parthenis Jr., president and CEO of Grecian, who took over the company from...

Greensburg Beverage Inc. is a midsized distributor of quality beverages, serving 12 counties in western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1949 by James and Josephine Iannuzzo, the company has grown significantly over the years. Greensburg Beverage has established longstanding...

Fall 2011 - Grill 23 & Bar (Grill 23) holds the distinction of being one of Boston’s first luxury steak and seafood grills, and for almost three decades it has been a culinary landmark for the discerning carnivore. Widely regarded as a must-try by both New...

New York restaurant GRK Fresh Greek (GRK) is one to watch in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the fast-casual market segment by Fastcasual.com. Sarah Lockyer, editor in chief of National Restaurant News, chose GRK...

New York restaurant GRK Fresh Greek (GRK) is one to watch in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the fast-casual market segment by Fastcasual.com. Sarah Lockyer, editor in chief of National Restaurant News, chose GRK Fresh Greek as one of 2014’s Breakout Brands’ ten hot,...

Haiti’s history is one of many challenges, from political uprisings to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes and the struggle to bring a stable source of employment and self-sustaining prosperity to the island economy. But Groupe Coles, the parent company of multiple manufacturing and...

Haiti’s history is one of many challenges, from political uprisings to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes and the struggle to bring a stable source of employment and self-sustaining prosperity to the island economy. But Groupe Coles, the parent company of multiple manufacturing and...

Founded in 2005, Grower’s Organic LLC (Grower’s Organic) is an organic distribution organization working specifically with small and local farmers. The seed that eventually bloomed into the company began in the ‘90s when Brian Freeman, president of Grower’s Organic, provided marketing services...

Since 1940 Guernsey Farms Dairy (GFD) has been a locally-owned family enterprise and a Michigan landmark. For the better part of a century, the Guernsey family has crafted quality, hormone-free dairy products from award-winning ice cream and chocolate milk to sour cream, buttermilk, egg nog and...

Gulf Distributing Holdings LLC (GDH) is comprised of four divisions: Gull Distributing Company of Mobile LLC, Goldring Gulf Distributing Company LLC, Allstate Beverage Company LLC and Energy Beverage Management LLC. Together these four companies represent the efforts of the Maisel family to...

The story behind H&S Bakery Inc. (H&S) is the epitome of the classic American Dream. The Paterakis family and the Tsakalos family emigrated separately from Greece to the United States in the early 1920s, seeking a better life for the next generation. A few decades later, two of the...

Heartland Mill Inc. (HMI) started in the 1970s in a Kansas basement. Paul Hughes had been grinding grains to flour and driving them across Kansas and, eventually, Colorado for sale. In 1978, Hughes met Mark Nightengale, a grain farmer...

Joe Swiatkowski, current president of Hickory Harvest Foods (Hickory Harvest), fondly remembers the time he spent during his childhood running around his family’s cheese and summer sausage distribution company. Today the Ohio-based company no longer distributes cheese or summer sausage, but it...

Hillcrest Foods, Inc. (Hillcrest) is a wholesale distributor of bakery, dairy and gourmet specialty food items. Chris Barkyoumb, the company’s president and owner, grew up on his family’s poultry farm, which he took over from his father. In 1982 Barkyoumb founded Hillcrest as a company that...

With approximately 850 sushi bars in everything from specialty supermarkets to cafes, hospitals, universities, airports, corporate food service locations and more across the country, Hissho Sushi is rounding out its 17th year in business with...

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of growth for Hissho Sushi (Hissho). The North Carolina-based food service provider and distributor owns and operates over 400 sushi bars in upscale supermarkets, cafés, hospitals, universities and corporate locations. Hissho’s dedication to...

The story of Hodgson Mill Inc. begins in 1837, when Alva Hodgson, pioneer and entrepreneur, built a water-driven grain mill deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Over the course of several decades and a few rebuilds, the mill changed...

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