Tom Honer, president and owner of Harvest Market, has spent the majority of his life in grocery stores. Because of that experience, Honer feels he has made Harvest Market’s two locations destination shopping that people feel good about patronizing.

For Hamilton Meats and Provisions, “going green” is more than just a slogan; it’s the defining part of its business. The meat distributing company works to provide the safest, most environmentally friendly, all-natural, locally grown organic meat products to its base of customers in the hotel, restaurant and retail industries.

When patrons peruse the aisles of a Guido’s Fresh Marketplace grocery store, few realize the company began as a modest fruit and produce stand at a roadside market in Massachusetts. A commitment to quality and a unique vendor system has enabled the company to grow and thrive, says co-owner Chris Masiero, and it will bring Guido’s continued success well into the future.

Greene River Packing & Marketing in Vero Beach, Fla., provides oranges, tangerines and grapefruit to almost the entire planet. Pat Rodgers has been in the fruit business since 1977.

Greencore is a master of convenience foods, offering food to go, prepared meals, chilled sauces and soups, frozen foods and more. With 16 manufacturing sites and more than 8,000 employees in the United Kingdom and the United States, the company is a force to be reckoned with.

When Great American Restaurants opens a new location, it’s more than just a grand opening – it’s a major event. “When we open up a new restaurant, it’s like opening up ‘Avatar’ at the movie theaters,” President Mike Ranney says. “We just get mobbed.”

Successful businessmen do not enter into an industry based on a whim, but instead research the market to find an area where it can offer services that appear to be lacking. Jan Sussman found an opening in the foodservice industry when he discovered there were few companies offering fresh, preservative-free healthy food choices. In 1995, Sussman created Gourmet Boutique LLC in a 2,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

After nearly 70 years in business, Oriental, N.C.-based Garland F. Fulcher Seafood Co. Inc. knows what it takes to stay successful. Co-owner Jeffrey Styron attributes the company’s longevity to its ability to provide a quality product from a name that its customers trust. “Our honesty and integrity has taken us a long way,” Styron remarks. “We stand behind our product and we’ve been able to develop a good name in this business, as a result.”

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