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.

Last month, having been invited to a global-inspired potluck and assigned to bring a dish representative of Trinidad and Tobago, a quick internet search made it clear what I should prepare: chicken curry. Due to the heavy West Indian influence on the islands and large Hindu and Muslim populations, consumption of beef and pork is frowned upon, and chicken curry is practically considered a national dish. I was able to find Trinidadian spices for my dish, but if I wanted to be truly authentic, I would have sourced my meat from the islands’ largest producer and oldest national brand – Arawak & Co. Ltd.

Attention potato chip and other crunchy snack food lovers: Turbana has introduced a scrumptious new contender to the snack food arena. Touting 30 percent less fat than potato chips, no trans fat and zero cholesterol, Turbana Plantain Chips are a crispy, healthful and natural snack that could soon be knocking out consumers across the United States and the world.

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