BountyCherry Capital Foods has been meeting consumer demand for the past nine years by bringing transparency and local food sourcing to a new level. Because the products it sources are its No. 1 priority, the company also spends a great deal of time building a strong food-centered community. “We are a traditional, broad-line distributor in that we handle anything that grows or is produced in the state of Michigan,” CEO Evan Smith adds. “What makes us unique is that we pick up directly from the farmer and only deliver within the state.”

If you enjoy king crab, snow crab or fish filet, your favorite seafood product might have come from fisheries in Alaska managed by Westward Seafood Inc.  

Founded in 1989, Westward Seafood built a processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, which took about two-and-a-half years to construct. It was able to process crab from the Bering Sea by 1991.

Westward Seafood’s primary product is pollock, a mildly flavored whitefish. It is used for a number of different functions, including fish filets; imitation crabmeat; surimi, a paste made from fish; or kamaboko, a process in which fish are pureed and formed into loaves and steamed. 

The beer industry has become more dynamic over the past 10 years with the emergence of craft beer. The trend brought a change to consumers’ buying habits and forced distributors such as The Best of Beers of Hickory, N.C., to start looking at business differently.

“Business was pretty much the same for about 50 to 60 years and then with the growth of craft beer – the No. 1 buzzword in the industry – things started changing,” President Randy Truitt says. “Consumers drive everything; they are the boss. We are very successful at partnering with high-quality, highly sought-after craft brewers to add to our portfolio to make us relevant.” 

Jim Hannigan has spent most of his life in the produce business. “I’ve been in the produce industry for 48 years,” says Hannigan, CEO of J&J Distributing. “There isn’t anything in the industry I haven’t done.”

Hannigan, 72, recalls unloading produce from railroad cars when he was a college student. He also spent time delivering and repacking various commodities, ripening bananas and selling produce direct from the farm to the retailer.

Decades later, Hannigan and his family are on the cutting-edge of the organic produce movement as they guide their company into a future that will realize significant changes when it comes to nutrition and healthy lifestyles. “We’re a family owned business that has a passion for both our customer’s success as well as our success,” he says.

In 2006, Madhu Natarajan founded Food Service Warehouse (FSW) with one idea in mind: to make it easier for foodservice providers to purchase supplies and equipment by making equipment available to purchase online. “Beginning with just 12 employees and faced with an industry steeped in brick-and-mortar storefronts, [Natarajan] paved the path to create a thriving and disruptive presence in the foodservice equipment and supplies market,” the company says. 

With four locations in the United States and more than 450 team members, the company today is a leading, game-changing player in the equipment sales market. “We’re focused on providing our customers with the best experience and the best product selection in our industry,” the company says. “At FSW, we’re not seeking to push the status quo; we’re working each day to constantly reinvent it.”

The wholesale distribution of fresh produce hasn’t changed very much since the early days of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., and that suits the company just fine. Vice President Matthew D’Arrigo says the multigenerational family owned and operated business has benefited from concentrating on the same areas of excellence that made it an industry leader in the mid-1920s. Namely, the company continues to focus on providing its customers with the highest-quality fruits and vegetables in the timeliest fashion. Although the technology may have changed somewhat, the keys to success for D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York have remained constant through four generations. 

The story of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York begins with the story of brothers Andrea and Stefano D’Arrigo, who emigrated from Sicily to the United States in 1904 and 1911, respectively. The two brothers obtained engineering degrees and served during World War I before settling into the produce business. It was in 1923 that the brothers established their first business in Boston, bringing fresh produce from around the country to the Boston market. While on a trip to buy wine grapes in California in 1925, Stefano D’Arrigo noted the abundance of land perfect for growing produce near what is now San Jose, Calif. With a packet of broccoli seeds from Sicily, the brothers established a growing operation on the West Coast. 

For many years, Oklahoma’s beer market was dominated by 3.2 beers, or beers that contained no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight. Over the last several years, however, the emergence of the craft beer market and imported brands has helped to drive the share growth that “full-strength” beers have in the Oklahoma market. One of the leaders in helping to drive this growth has been Oklahoma City-based Capital Distributing LLC and their affiliates Oklahoma Beer Imports and 6 Point Beverages, and CEO Gordon Green says this growth is only the beginning. 

Capital Distributing has been serving much of Oklahoma since 2001. In 2005, the company entered into a relationship with 6 Point Beverages, a Class B wholesaler also based in Oklahoma, and this partnership added more than 200 brands of full-strength beer and about 900 SKUs to Capital Distributing’s portfolio. 

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