When Sam A. Lupo Sr. and his brother John purchased a corner grocery store in the 1950s from their uncle, they had one main goal: to become known as a purveyor of quality meats and to develop a quality reputation in their town of Endicott, N.Y. The operation – now known as Sam A. Lupo & Sons Inc. – has grown and diversified to be much more than a corner store, but quality remains its hallmark, according to co-owner Sam A. Lupo Jr. 

We’ve always been taught that it’s what’s on the inside that truly counts, but Pak-Sher knows that what’s outside can be just as important. As one of the leading manufacturers of plastic bags used in the foodservice and grocery industries, Pak-Sher understands the specific needs of its customers and uses that information more thoroughly than any of its competitors.

A family with seafood industry ties dating back to the 18th century is marking a major landmark this year. Motivatit Seafoods LLC, owned by the seventh generation of the Voisin family, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The company is the latest seafood-related endeavor for the family, which has been involved in the business since its first generation arrived in what is now Louisiana from France in the 18th century, says company President Mike Voisin, who co-owns Motivatit with his twin brother, Steve.

Being free-ranging sounds good if you’re a cowboy with a gun, but if you’re a hen, there are dangers. That is why Vande Bunte Eggs, which is part of Konos Inc., is the first company in Michigan converting its 16 barns of nearly 2 million egg-laying hens to new colony-enriched housing.

Meeting the standards needed to become a certified organic food provider isn’t easy. For one Canadian organic provider, earning and maintaining the status has meant investments in manpower, equipment and procedures as well as regularly passing the muster of a number of regulatory bodies.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Cristalia Premium Water has grown to become the market leader in premium Puerto Rican bottled water. Plastics entrepreneur Salvador “Chiri” Vasallo founded the company on his Ponce, Puerto Rico, farm in 1986, where the bottling plant is still located today. In 1989, he sold his bottled water operation to Pepsi Cola Puerto Rico Bottling Co. 

The continuing demand for authentic southern Louisiana fare has inspired many producers to attempt to gain market share in this competitive category. However, Carl Broussard, president of Cajun Specialty Meats Inc., insists that what sets his company apart from the competition is the quality and consistency of its products.

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