After more than 50 years, Banks Holdings Ltd. is Barba­dos’ largest beverage group, CEO Richard Cozier says. “We’ve certainly done a stellar job,” he states. “We command 75 to 80 percent of the beer market.” Based in Wildey, Barbados, the firm is the holding company for B&B Distribution and three manufacturers: Banks (Barbados) Brewers Ltd., Barbados Bottling Ltd. and Barbados Dairy Industries Ltd.

There are few things more valuable in the food industry than reliability. Consumers rely on manufacturers to produce safe, high-quality foods, and in turn the manufacturers rely on their suppliers to help them live up to that promise. When a distributor like Connecticut-based Arista Industries can boast a history of more than 80 years of service, its customers know they can rely on it. That’s been one of the major keys to success for the family owned company, according to CEO Steve Weitzer.

Alpine Meats has kept its family atmosphere intact ever since it was founded by a ­­Swiss immigrant who came to America with just $100 in his pocket. Now, 75 years later, Alpine Meats is the official hot dog and sausage maker for three professional sports teams and the undisputed taste champion in contests throughout Northern California.

Allied Specialty Foods started out as a small operation producing raw, thin-sliced steak for food­service customers. Over the past 50 years, however, the company has diversified to include chicken and sausage, sliced in a number of ways. Although the company has changed over the years, Vice President Darren Buseman says it still considers itself a niche company, and that doesn’t bother it one bit because it means there is one thing it’s better at than anyone else. “Whether you want to or not, you fall into a niche that you’re good at,” he says.

Even at the height of the recent financial fiasco, Glacier Restaurant Group (GRG) was able to remain loyal to its most fundamental goal: to provide customers with the ultimate dinning experience. Operating at a time when consumer confidence was at a staggering low, GRG wowed patrons with a simple recipe of quality and outstanding service. And, as the dust from the financial storm begins to settle, GRG is stronger than ever. The company weathered the lean years by staying true to a solid set of business practices and keeping an eye on the future.

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