For any company in the food and drink industry, banking relationships are among its most important partnerships. No company can grow without the right banking partner, and Puerto Rico-based Popular Inc. for more than a century has been proving that it can be just the banking partner any business could need.

It may represent those who make and sell goods, but the Royal Buying Group’s (RBG) success is driven by data. As a broker for more than 6,000 large-chain and independently operated convenience stores, Royal Buying Group offers management services that reduce operating costs, maximize sales volume and enhance profitability. RBG can tailor operating and marketing programs keyed to a business size, location or specialty.

Not many companies can boast of the sort of winding path Daniele Inc. has carved en route to its current incarnation. Start­ing with a family that escaped a communist regime in Eastern Europe and eventually launched a dry-curing factory in its adopted home to produce the charcuterie of its homeland, Daniele Inc. has survived through the hard work and creativity of three generations of the Dukcevich family, and now operates out of three facilities in Rhode Island.

Not everyone says they love what they do for a living, but Claire Bishop can. “I’ve found a job that [feels] like I’ve never gone to work a day in my life,” she says.

A good service provider can make clients feel like they are the only company alive. Partnerships today strive to become seamless operations where neither party can tell where one begins and the other ends. This is the modus operandi of Schraad & Associates Inc., a sales and marketing agency for the retail food industry. As a full-service food brokerage firm, the company for the past 45 years has developed plans that get brands successfully on and off grocery store shelves.

Much has changed in the baking business and world at large since Zaro’s Bakery opened the doors to its first location in New York City in 1927. Food trends have come and gone, baking methods and kitchen technology have evolved and major corporate chains have taken a large portion of a market once inhabited solely by family-owned bakeries.

In a location like New York City, it is no easy task for New York University (NYU) to offer its students a strong value in its meals. Owen Moore, assistant vice president for campus services, says the Dining Services program has to provide creative, quality products while managing the increasing costs of goods, labor and healthcare benefits.

In a sea of corporate-run movie theater chains, Malco Theaters Inc. has effectively swum against the tide. The fourth-generation family owned business is the 15th-largest theater circuit in the country and has operated throughout the south-central United States for more than nine decades. The Memphis-based company will continue its success by maintaining its tradition of providing quality, personalized services while staying ahead of new trends, Senior Vice President Larry Etter says.

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