Adding an automated packaging system can save countless man-hours and provide streamlined operations. Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc. takes the guesswork out of getting a product to market quickly and efficiently with its automated end-of-line packaging solutions for the food, beverage, tissue, paper, pharmaceutical and plastics markets. 

The cuisine of Jamaica is one of the more unique and celebrated styles of food because its flavors, spices and cooking techniques are influenced not only by the indigenous people of the island, but also by its Spanish, British, African, Indian and Chinese inhabitants. Certain Jamaican staples, such as hard dough bread, Easter buns, plantain tarts and the flaky, moon-shaped pastries filled with vegetables or meat known as “patties,” were hard to come by outside of the island – that is until companies such as Royal Caribbean Bakery and Caribbean Food Delights came along. 

The flavor and fragrance industry continues to react to customer demand for natural and organic ingredients in consumer products. However, The Robertet Group – which was founded in 1850 in Grasse, France, and today remains a privately held, independent company – has remained proactively focused on natural ingredients since its founding. 

No one has changed the song to “buy me some nachos and Cracker Jacks,” but nachos have become just as much a part of the ballpark menu as peanuts and hot dogs. As the innovator of stadium nachos, San Antonio-based Ricos Products is the company hungry fans have to thank, but its legacy extends far beyond that one product. 

Since its inception, Red Stripe Lager has followed the will of the people. When it was introduced to the Jamaican market in 1928, it was a heavy and dark beverage, more like an ale. This was not suitable to local tastes, the company says, because Jamaicans wanted something that was “light and refreshing” to drink in the hot and humid Caribbean climate. Within a few years, the formula was changed, and the Red Stripe lager known to consumers today was born. 

Rakhra Mushroom Farm in Alamosa, Colo., exemplifies the phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Mushrooms love low-altitude and high-humidity climates – attributes typically found in mushroom-growing states like Pennsylvania, not in a little valley tucked in the Colorado Rockies at 7,500 feet above sea level. But since the 1980s, Alamosa has been home to a now-thriving mushroom oper­ation.

Looking at its worldwide success, it’s easy to assume Kirschenman Enterprises has gone corporate, but President Wayde Kirschenman insists that is not the case. “In general, people in the United States talk about big Midwestern wheat and corn farms going more corporate, so everybody thinks California is going more corporate, too,” he says. “Most of the large table grapes, peaches and nectarines are grown by big families. In fact, many of my competitors are my friends who have large families.” 

It may be tough for some companies to compete in the highly saturated candy industry, but Hillside, N.J.-based Hillside Candy Co. has found success in a niche that caters to consumers who lead a healthy lifestyle but still want to enjoy the sweeter things in life, President and CEO Ted Cohen says. Hillside Candy’s GoLightly brand of sugar-free candies is one of the leading sugar-free candy brands on the market.

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