For years, nutritionists and parents alike have championed the nutritional benefits of orange juice. Many consider it a staple of a healthy breakfast. Yet it seems as if the challenges of producing it have never been greater. “There’s so much competition for beverages,” L. Dicks President Richard “Rick” Dicks points out. “You go to the grocery store, and the No. 1-selling beverage is Coke, and No. 2 is Pepsi. You can’t tell me they’re more healthy for you than orange juice. I think orange juice is one of the most healthy fruit drinks.”

He attributes the struggle to keep orange juice a popular beverage to the massive marketing budgets of huge corporations producing competitive drinks and the challenges of labor in the citrus market. 

For nearly 30 years, Killer Shrimp LLC has kept customers coming back with its mix of unique dishes and a special environment, CEO Kevin Michaels says. “It’s really the Killer Shrimp, the vibe and the décor,” he says. “It’s something you can only get from us.”

Based in Marina del Rey, Calif., Killer Shrimp has become known for its namesake dish, which is prepared with “the best shrimp you can get: Mexican whites and blues,” he states. “They’re poppy, fresh and they have that incredible, briny shrimp flavor.”

Killer Shrimp originated from the shrimp recipe of Michaels’ father, Lee, a musician. “We were surfers growing up in the 80’s and everything was ‘Killer’ to us, so we would say, ‘Dad, can you make us that killer shrimp?,’” the younger Michaels recalls. “My dad would get all the fresh shrimp and the ingredients we needed. It became our family dish.”

A focus on customizing supply chain solutions for its quick-service restaurant and foodservice customers is a hallmark of Consolidated Distribution Corporation, LLC (CDC), which marks its 25th anniversary this year. 

Says CDC Chairman and CEO J. Mitchell Rader, “Our employees have an ingrained culture of customer service. If we are doing our job, the customer feels as though we are a seamless part of their organization.” 

Based in Lemont, Ill., CDC serves the quick-serve, fast-casual and casual-dining restaurant markets with supply chain, redistribution, warehousing and storage, promotion, premiums fulfillment, logistics and transportation services. 

Celebrating 65 years of bringing restaurant-quality cuisine from across the world to tables throughout the United States, Choice Canning Co. Inc.’s ready-to-eat wing, Tastee Choice, continues to hold a significant marketshare of the shrimp industry. “Our longstanding commitment to excellence has built a sound legacy of trust and customer satisfaction,” the company says.

Choice Canning is a division of Choice Trading Corp., the first company in India to establish a completely integrated and automated state-of-the-art factory for processing ready-to-eat shrimps in retail bags. O.C Thomas founded the Choice Group of Companies in 1953 as a processor and exporter of canned shrimp. 

Sugar has been an integral part of southern Louisiana’s economy and culture for more than 200 years. Local cane growers and raw sugar mills generate $2.2 billion into the economy, and the industry generates an overall economic value of $3.5 billion to the state, according to the American Sugar Cane League. 

Based in Gramercy, La., Louisiana Sugar Refining LLC (LSR) is the result of a joint venture four years ago between Cargill Inc. and Louisiana Sugar Growers and Refiners Inc. Its purpose was to bring manufacturing back to small-town USA and ensure the strong heritage of sugar growing and refining continues in Louisiana. “My vision was to bring back that local presence in the facility, which we have done, and we have so many people who are third-, fourth-, fifth- and even sixth-generation farmers and sugar refinery employees,” General Manager and CEO Larry Faucheux says. “I am a third-generation employee. My father retired from the site after 52 years of service.”

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