Hodgson Mill has changed a lot since it was founded in 1861, but the most important thing about it hasn’t changed at all. Bob Goldstein and Ray Martin say that even though the production capacity has grown and the equipment has become more sophisticated, the core of the process remains the same stone grinding methods used more than a century ago.

As one of the only meat processors on the island of Barbados, Hipac Ltd. makes sure it has its consumers covered. “I don’t think there’s another meat processor in the Caribbean that produces the number and range of products we do,” says Peter Chandler, sales and marketing manager.

The next time you see an elaborate mousse cake or macaron in an expensive restaurant, it may not have been whipped up by a sweating pastry chef in the back kitchen but rather coolly defrosted from a package shipped by The French Patisserie in the San Francisco Bay area.

Honoring the past and embracing the future are both part of Forsman Farms’ success. The Howard Lake, Minn.-based farm, in its fourth generation of family ownership, has doubled its business since 1998 through constantly seeking opportunities for growth. CFO and co-owner Peter Forsman, who runs the business along with his brother David and father, Gary, says the staff takes a hands-on, energetic approach to producing, inspecting and shipping the farm’s main product: eggs.

When Ontario-based FGF Brands sets out to make a commercial product that is a foreign food tradition – such as India’s naan or Italy’s focaccia – it goes to great lengths to make sure these items taste as authentic as they do in their country of origin.

For many chocolate lovers, the Fannie May brand needs no introduction. The national confectioner’s products have been enjoyed by generations of people for 90 years and remain a popular treat today.

As the ownership of DeBruyn Produce Co. has passed between generations of the DeBruyn family, the company has maintained integrity in its services, owner Margret DeBruyn says. “Each generation has built a very good reputation for the next to follow,” she says.

At Central Milling Co., workers strive to provide customers with quality products while also supporting American farmers, Marketing Leader Nicky Giusto says. “That’s what we really set out to do,” he states.

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