During its 30-year history, Intrastate Distributors Inc. (IDI) has grown from a fleet of only one truck to a major carrier and developer of a wide variety of beverages. The Detroit-based company is a beverage wholesale corporation selling water, juice, soda, snacks and beer to retail accounts in southeastern Michigan and northwest Ohio.

Nearly 20 years ago, New Jersey natives Michael Short and David Masterson decided to take a risk and trade financial stability for beer. The two friends quit their day jobs and opened New Jersey’s first craft beer brewery.

Surviving 90 years is an accomplishment for any company. During 90 years, most companies will have survived at least one cataclysm – a flood, fire, earthquake or other natural disaster. In the case of grocery distributor Hand Arnold Trinidad Ltd., the company survived an unnatural disaster.

For more than 70 years, Gasko & Meyer Inc., a fourth generation, family owned business has been distributing a variety of fine beverages, including beer, wine, soda, water, juice and tea, to customers in the Hudson Valley, Catskill Region and the Albany and Binghamton areas of New York.

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.

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