Fresca Foods has changed greatly since it was founded in the early 1990s. Back then, it served retail and wholesale foodservice clients by providing packaged pasta, sauces and soups. Today, the company provides manufacturing, marketing and financial investment to second-stage natural and organic food brands.

Twenty-five years ago, not that many people – let alone women – were starting artisan chocolate companies. But Cathy Brand-Beere, president and founder of DeBrand Fine Chocolates, took her background growing up in the confectionery equipment and supplies business and in 1987 meticulously started to build up a company in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., that has caught the attention of such notable celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump.

People who drink Bear Republic Brewing Co.’s beers for the first time tend to have a very similar reaction. “We call it the ‘wow’ factor,” President and co-founder Richard Norgrove says. “We take our beers to people and they say, ‘Wow, this is really good.’

The days when Joe the bartender would slosh a little whiskey in a glass with ice and cola and call it a cocktail are long gone. Today’s mixologists are lionized like the latest top chef, and their creations gain the attention formerly reserved for main entrees – which their price tags can resemble.

Since opening its doors in March 1974, Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited has become an important part of St. Lucia. Distributing products domestically, and to markets across the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Windward and Leeward is working to overcome the effects of a recession that has yet to ease in the Caribbean.

The world has changed considerably since William Grant & Sons Ltd. was established in 1887. But not everything has changed. Now, just as then, William Grant & Sons is committed to operating a passionate organization that is devoted to quality and building the most coveted portfolio of spirits in the industry.

The perfect drink is something that comes with all of the fun and none of the guilt. With mixology on the rise, alcoholic drinks today essentially can become dessert in a glass. If melded together correctly, a cocktail can take on the taste of birthday cake, key lime pie or a chocolate mudslide dessert unfortunately they can take on the calories as well. Even Caribbean classics such as piña coladas and daiquiris are notorious for the pounds they add.

The entire company structure of RW Garcia is based on living a better life. In the early 1980s, company founder Robert “Bob” Garcia divided his time between being a husband, father and devout golfer. Unfortunately, his position as a sales manager for a nationwide snack manufacturer didn’t afford him the ability to live life as he wished.

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