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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 hands. In...

Two little words in the third line of many nutrition facts labels – trans-fat – have been causing big problems since scientists developed the man-made fat over 100 years ago. While for years most Americans have been eating trans fats in their favorite foods, including cookies, crackers, cakes,...

The Overgaag family has been in agriculture for four generations. Their roots trace back to 1927, when the family began building a strong business in Holland growing flowers in greenhouses. Two generations later, in 1970...

Homestead Pole Bean Cooperative (Homestead) started 56 years ago, the way most cooperatives do, out of the notion that there is strength in numbers. “Homestead was established in 1958,” recounts Emilio M. Mirzakhani, general manager of the Florida-based business. “At the time, pole beans were...

Hot Mama’s Foods (HMF) started in the mid-1980s as a small operation in western Massachusetts. Originally a one-woman operation creating diverse and tasty foods in her home kitchen, the business has grown significantly since Matt Morse purchased the company in 1991.

Today, HMF is a large...

Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company has been churning out gallons and half gallons of popular premium ice cream flavors for nearly 90 years. Based in Holland, Michigan, the creamery is putting a twist on time-tested recipes and adding new all-natural...

There’s something truly nostalgic about a giant ice cream cone, piled high with your favorite flavors. One lick of the sweet, creamy treat and it’s like childhood all over again. For Hudsonville Ice Cream LLC (Hudsonville), that is what business is all about: creating memories scoop by scoop....

It takes more than a great idea to find success: It takes the energy to see it through. Juan G. Negron saw an opening for an innovative product that could conveniently provide the fuel people need to perform demanding tasks, and he applied his knowledge and initiative to launching Impact Energy...

Since 1947 Indianapolis Fruit Company (IFC) has been providing grocers with fresh fruits and vegetables. IFC started as a family-owned and -operated business, and remains one today; the tradition started with Joe Mascari...

Over the course of many years – 66 years to be exact – Israel Beigel Baking Company (Beigel’s) has become a long-standing name in New York’s Jewish community and beyond, selling to large-scale food service accounts, health care facilities, club stores and retailers across the country. Beigel’s...

As a third-generation beef processing and packaging company based out of Nebraska, J.F O’Neill Packing Company Inc. (J.F. O’Neill) maintains the same standard of excellence today as that which defined the company at its founding in the 1950s.

“My grandfather started this company about 50...

J.W. Sieg Wines is a family-owned and –operated wine distribution business based in historic Charlottesville, Virginia. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the company has been in operation since 1962, when James Wallace...

Most meat processors hide their facilities from the world. The idea behind that approach is most people don’t want to see how, for instance, a hamburger patty is made from start to finish.

That’s not the approach of San Diego-based Jensen Meat, which has been making ground beef products...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates Americans consumed more than 28 billion pounds of beef in 2012, making the industry worth well over $80 billion and the competition between producers even more fierce. Such stiff competition has caused a serious rift in the industry. To survive...

John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks Inc. (JWM) is the definition of a niche snack manufacturing operation. John Macy founded the Elmwood Park-based company in 1985, hoping to expand his horizons from New York City to New Jersey.

“I was working as a business manager at a small educational...

Jonathan’s Grille (Jonathan’s) is making noise in Music City by changing up the definition of a sports bar restaurant. Headed up by brothers Mason and Curt Revelette, Jonathan’s is gaining ground in the Nashville suburbs as a popular spot with high-...

Karen Behnke is the founding partner and owner of Juice Beauty Inc. (Juice Beauty), which represents the culmination of her 20-plus years in the health and wellness industry. A serial wellness entrepreneur, she built one of the first major corporate wellness companies in the country, which...

Kermit Heeps founded K. Heeps Inc. (KHI) in 1948 as a direct-to-end food manufacturing and distribution company. Based in Allentown, Pa., KHI has since grown significantly over the years. Today the team of 45 operates out of two locations in Allentown, processing all major proteins. The company...

Layer by layer, Kettle Cuisine (Kettle) has been crafting a recipe for substantial success with a team of passionate people, high-quality products and purveyor relationships as key ingredients. Since 1986, the Boston-based business has taken off by tackling the challenge of producing real soups...

A family farming tradition that dates back to the early 1900s in Easton, Pennsylvania, is the catalyst behind Keystone Food Products Inc. After nearly 70 years in operation, Keystone Food is running on the third-generation...

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