Practically all doctors are concerned about nutrition in one way or another, whether advising patients about the need to cut certain things out of their diet or helping their own families and friends make healthy decisions. A central nutritional concern for most doctors is the prevention of heart disease, particularly through the reduction of high blood pressure.
If a company has been making pretzels for 150 years, it likely is doing many things that contribute to its continuing success.
Tom Sturgis Pretzels has a family history that spans all the way back to 1861 in Lititz, Pa. At that time, Julius Sturgis opened the first American commercial pretzel bakery. That same year, Julius Sturgis revolutionized the pretzel industry by developing the first crispy or hard pretzel.
After working for years to establish a successful business, it can be devastating to see it destroyed. It also can be exhausting to try to rebuild it, but Baumer Foods Inc. has succeeded at that challenge, President and CEO Al Baumer says. Based in Metairie, La., the company manufactures its trademark Louisiana Crystal Hot Sauce as well as its Worcestershire, steak and wing sauces. In addition, the company is the manufacturer of the Ditka’s line of sauces, the official brand of former NFL coach Mike Ditka.
Back in the early 1990s, University of Colorado – Boulder roommates Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney came to the stark realization that they may be more into beer than books. Sure, other college students may feel the same way, but how many of them truly get serious about their passion, read up on the science behind it and turn this knowledge into a successful business?
Consumer interest in healthy eating remains at the forefront of the industry. In fact, there might not be a better time for The Healthy Beverage Co. and its Steaz beverage products, CEO and Executive Chairman Jay Garnett says. “More conventional grocers are realizing the trend to better-for-you products, and turning to brands like Steaz,” he says. “The general consumer trend is people are far more aware of what is in the beverages they [drink].”
Frontier Enterprises has provided delicious food and exceptional service to hungry Texas families for more than 65 years. It continues to grow and thrive by focusing on quality and staying relevant as the industry evolves. The San Antonio-based company operates two successful restaurant brands – Jim’s Restaurants and Magic Time Machine.
In the world of heavy industry, a boilermaker is known as a trained craftsman who produces steel fabrications for commercial steam and hot water boilers, bridges, blast furnaces and mining equipment, among other applications. In the Big Ten, however, the Boilermakers are better known as the nickname for Purdue University. Because Purdue offers more than 200 major areas of study, its Boilermakers are not necessarily training to enhance their skills in the art of steel fabrication, but they are working to advance the craft involved in the particular degree they are seeking.
Kettle Creations may be a new name in the food production industry, but its owners are hardly novices when it comes to running a successful company. The company was formed in 2008 and started operations in 2009 with the opening of a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lima, Ohio, but has origins dating back to 1966.
Not everyone says they love what they do for a living, but Claire Bishop can. “I’ve found a job that [feels] like I’ve never gone to work a day in my life,” she says. Bishop is the president and owner of C.A. Courtesy Demos Inc., a North Andover, Mass.-based firm that specializes in demonstration, event marketing and fulfillment services for promoting goods. Bishop founded C.A. Courtesy in 1987 and M3 Merchandising 10 years later with her late husband, Joseph Bishop.
In the spring of 2011, Food and Drink (FAD) magazine featured Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and its vision for the year. Part-owner and CEO Reese Travis bought the brand with a group of private investors in 2009. At the time, the brand had only 15 stores; by the end of 2010, there were 50. When the magazine last spoke to Travis, Orange Leaf was intent on signing 100 new stores by the end of 2011.