From a street vendor selling Danish to the dessert table at a Donald Trump wedding, JMJ Baking does them all and everything in between. “We do hotels, bakeries, coffee shops and vendors on the street that sell coffee and donuts and Danish,” owner and founder Emanuel Darmanin says.

Nutrition and health go hand-in-hand. The old data maxim, “Garbage in, garbage out,” also applies to people’s health. It is with this in mind that Dr. Frank King Jr. founded Carolina Bison in 1985. “Nutrition plays a big role in health – that’s what led us to raising the American bison,” Dr. King says. “I read a research study done by a global committee on fats.

It’s been said that a picture paints a thousand words. With its newly designed logo, this is exactly what LiDestri Food and Beverage is hoping for. With more than 35 years behind its current logo, the LiDestri family didn’t make a final design decision with haste. Instead, said Stefani LiDestri, senior vice president of business development and marketing, the company decided what message it wanted to send and went from there. “The mission of the redesign was to reflect the modernization of the brand in an uncluttered and forward-thinking way but inspired by the tradition of the company,” said LiDestri. “It speaks to our company right now: it’s in motion and growing.”

B Roberts Foods was formed in 1992 when the company was creating casseroles out of a home oven. Back then, the company was known as New Roberts and sold its casseroles to local grocery stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area. The company’s big break came in 1996 when it signed a contract with Harris Teeter, a regional grocery store chain serving North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. “When we started our deal with Harris Teeter, we provided them with our signature casseroles, salads, mac and cheese, and coleslaw,” Vice President Sandy Berlin says.

Although many coffee shops aim for a friendly vibe, Tully’s Coffee takes that comfort to the next step, President and CEO Carl Pennington says. “Some of our main competition might have a living room atmosphere where you feel like you can’t touch anything,” he remarks. “Our stores are modeled after the family room, which has the ottoman and the comfy chairs and there’s a lot of conversation.”

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