Lately, it seems the trend in the grocery business has been to limit the interaction customers have with their grocers. They can bag their own groceries, use self-service registers to ring up their orders themselves and place orders on the Internet to be delivered right to their doors.

Although Autry Greer & Sons Inc. is in the process of renovating many of its Greer’s Market grocery stores with a more efficient format and upscale décor, the fifth generation, family owned company still maintains its roots. Old photographs such as the horse-drawn carriages in front of the original Autry Greer & Sons’ grocery warehouse in downtown Mobile, Ala., adorn the store walls of the popular Southeast supermarket chain, paying homage to the family patriarch and company founder.

Employees at Whitey’s Ice Cream – founded in the depths of the Great Depression in 1933 by white-haired Chester “Whitey” Lindgren – work hard to do more than just manufacture and sell ice cream. Their charitable work is well-known and usually involves their weapon of choice – ice cream. “Our culture is to give back to the Quad cities, which has given to us,” declares Jeff Tunberg, who is a vice president and co-owner along with his brother Jon.

It takes more than simply surviving for a retailer to reach its 60th ann­i­v­ersary – it needs to distinguish itself from its competitors by offering more and giving shoppers the best value for their money. That certainly seems to be the formula followed by Hi-Lo Food Stores, which in its 60 years of existence has grown from a single location into the largest grocery store chain in Trinidad and Tobago. The company has 19 locations throughout the country and employs more than 2,000 people.

Some cultures are very particular about their food. For a company to win over the distinguished taste buds of a group where many were raised to be amateur chefs is no easy feat. But when it comes to Creole, Cajun and other Louisiana-based foods, that’s exactly what the team of French Market Foods has done.

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