People appreciate being able to walk into their local supermarket and recognize not only employees stocking shelves and filling out orders behind counters, but also the names on the groceries that they are purchasing. Gordy’s County Market wants to deliver exactly that with its seven supermarket locations across Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. The company started small and has grown along with the area it serves. Gordy and Donna Schafer established it in 1966 in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Ever since, the store has not faltered from its goal of delivering quality grocery products from local suppliers while maintaining its family atmosphere.

Everybody wants his or her food to be as fresh as possible nowadays, and Get Fresh Produce Inc. is committed to providing it. Business relationships and referrals from satisfied customers build the business. Also important is responding to customers’ needs. This builds the loyalty that the customers of Get Fresh Produce Inc. demonstrate.

When Daymon World­wide was form­ed 40 years ago by Peter Damon Schwartz and Milt Sender, the two developed a strategy to grow retailers’ private label products. At the time, private label products (as they were known then) were often considered low qua­lity and inferior to major, national brands. Where most saw a lesser product, Schwartz and Sender saw an opp­or­tu­nity.

One way a species keeps pro­­gressing is by pass­ing the hard-won knowledge it has gained from gen­e­ra­tion to generation. No­where is that more true than for A.J. Silberman and Co., a member of the endangered species of independent convenience store distributors, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010.

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.

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