For Sousa Seafood & Lobster Cos. Inc., it is critical to focus on the details of all of its clients’ needs, no matter how big or small their operations are, President Mike Sousa says. “[We place an equal] focus on each and every customer,” he says. “We do not have one customer that’s considered too small [for us] to take care of.”

When Pete Giannopoulos founded Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville, Pa., he didn’t realize the level of success and growth Sly Fox would achieve. But 15 years later, Sly Fox has expanded to two locations and has grown to offer beer through wholesale for customers to enjoy at home or in other bars in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

California oranges are considered by many to be among the finest in the world. Unlike their Florida counterparts – which are said to be more suitable for juices – most believe California navels are the best for eating by hand, partly because the warm, arid climate in which they are grown tend to produce more blemish-free fruit. Because Sequoia Orange Co. has been growing high-quality citrus fruit in California for close to 40 years in its current form, the Exeter, Calif.-based company has long since perfected the art of growing oranges, President Jamie Wilson says.

When you have a lot of lemons, you make lemonade. If you have a lot of grass, you raise grass-fed beef. This is the business in which The Organic Meat Co. specializes. “Australia does very well at supplying grass-fed meat,” Vice President of Sales and founder Alister Ferguson points out. “We’ve got expansive pastures.”

Although the golden spike of the transcontinental railroad uniting the western United States with the East was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, in 1869, the state still is not in touch with all the trends back East, teases Reid Steenblik, president of family owned Restaurant & Store Equipment Co.

Although Ramona’s Mexican Food Products is modestly sized compared to some Mexican food companies, that hasn’t made it any less of a competitor, CFO Ramona Banuelos says. Instead, “Everyone wants to be like us,” she declares. Based in Gardena, Calif., the family owned company sells Mexican food items, including burritos, chile rellenos, enchiladas, refried beans, tamales, frozen dinners, and corn and flour tortillas. Banuelos’ mother, President Romana Agosta Banuelos, founded the company with three partners in 1948.

Despite the weak economy, Pierre Foods’ product line distinguishes the company in the marketplace, CEO Bill Toler says. “Our company is dedicated to producing high quality food products that provide unparalleled taste, convenience and value,” he says. 

Being honest, honorable and having integrity – according to Richard Barry, are the keys to the longevity of a company. As president and CEO of Pier Fish Co Inc., a seafood processor that has been in business for 100 years, Barry should know.

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