With food safety being such an important issue nowadays, being able to make a fresh start was important when Robert Rossi with his high school buddy, Anthony Cagnacci, started Field Fresh Farms in 2004 in the heart of California’s “salad bowl to the nation.”

Euro USA was founded in 1986 by President Duff O’Donnell, who recognized the potential for specialty foods in the retail and foodservice industries. “When we started, we were selling balsamic vinegar, chocolates and fresh mushrooms from Europe to retailers and restaurants,” O’Donnell recalls. As Americans’ appetites for new and unusual foods grew, Euro USA saw an opportunity to provide these new customer desires and soon became a leading importer and distributor of European cheeses, olive oils, pastas, confections, spices, charcuterie and other exotic foods.

Cordi Food Distributors has many large competitors, but none has the company’s personal approach to dealing with customers, founder and President Cosimo Cordi insists. “They’re not one-on-one [like] I am,” he says.

When Arizona Restaurant Supply Inc. was started in 1975, it was known as Tucson Scale, a company that offered sales and service of scales. During its first 10 years of operations, Tucson Scale expanded to offer restaurant equipment parts and service, and sales of used restaurant equipment. Soon, it would be known as Tucson Scale & Food Equipment.

At Anthony P. Scott & Co. (APSCO) Ltd., operations are not only focused around the marketing and distribution of professional products, but also strong customer support, Marketing Manager Nalini Mohammed says. For instance, the company provides quarterly training so that its employees can better serve its customers.

Stein Meat Products prides itself on providing high-quality carcass beef, boxed beef, lamb, veal, pork and poultry to many of the New York area’s finest restaurants. The family owned distributor has served the area for more than 75 years.

Modern Distributors Inc.’s customers shouldn’t worry if a machine maintained by the company breaks down, as it won’t be long before it’s fixed. An experienced and responsive maintenance department on call 24 hours a day is just one of the pieces of what the Somerset, Ky.-based company calls “The Modern Advantage.”

Owned and operated by its current family leadership for more than 60 years, Kegel’s Produce has earned a reputation for providing the best service when it comes to distributing the freshest fruit and vegetables to a broad range of customers in the Northeast, Vice President John Groft attests. A strong emphasis on quality and customer service was instilled in the Lancaster, Pa., company by its founder, Earl P. Kegel, who started selling produce at a fruit stand outside the Lancaster County Courthouse and at a local retail store in the 1930s.

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