As a fourth generation family owned and operated business, Acme Smoked Fish Corp. has built itself on a foundation of values that continues to bring success to the company in the industry. Under the leadership of the Brownstein and Caslow families, Acme stresses that it has garnered unmatched experience, and it stakes its reputation on every piece of smoked fish that leaves its Brooklyn, N.Y., smokehouse.

As the largest food distribution company in the Caribbean islands, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles-based Prime Distributors is not just celebrating its 30th anniversary – it’s celebrating 30 years of continued success, Managing Director Danny Ramchandani says.

With more than 100 years of excellence in the sales, marketing and merchandising to the supermarket and convenience store industry, Co-Sales Company has grown to become the leading independent food broker in the West. Recent developments among key industry players are about to catapult Co-Sales’ reach to a national level, CEO Don Cox says.

Some companies decide to serve only one type of client, but Castella Imports Inc. refuses to limit its options, Vice President Chris Valsamos says. “We like to [go after the] global marketplace,” he says. Based in Hauppauge, N.Y., Castella Imports sells specialty foods, spices, olives, cheeses and other products imported from around the world. Valsamos’ father, President Bill Valsamos, founded the firm nearly 20 years ago, after working for several different companies.

Based in Pompano Beach, Fla., CarbAmericas was established in 1993 as an import company to bridge domestic and offshore fruits and vegetables, and avoid gaps in production. The ownership team, consisting of Harvey Pollak, Jeffrey Friedman and Daniel Pollak, has a combined 90 years of experience in marketing fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States. “We very easily adapt to the changing demands in the market,” Partner Daniel Pollak states.

George Croft believes an organization can operate only as swiftly as its management team. Croft and his newly acquired leadership team hit the ground running in 2008, and very quickly lifted Brick Brewing Co. Limited from a strong regional player to a nationwide distributor of beer and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, in addition to its already established co-pack business with Canada Dry Mott’s Inc. and Loblaw.

It doesn’t matter whether a recipe is executed flawlessly if the flavor isn’t there. A food manufacturer can have the most advanced equipment, the most effective distribution and the most attractive packaging, but it likely won’t mean anything if its products don’t have authentic flavor. For 55 years, Washington’s Milne Fruit Products Inc. has been providing the food industry with the fruit ingredients people love, making it one of the industry’s most important partners. 

When John and Dave Gates started Lancaster Foods LLC more than 20 years ago, they had only one truck serving a small customer base in Pennsylvania. But when Lancaster Foods was acquired by Guest Services Inc. – a private hospitality management company based in Fairfax, Va. – in 1992, it gained the resources it needed to expand its business. Today, Lancaster Foods’ fleet exceeds 90 trucks, and its customer base stretches across the entire Eastern Seaboard. Despite the Jessup, Md., company’s growth and success, one thing has remained the same – its commitment to quality and service, says Jerry Chadwick, vice president of sales & marketing and business development.

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