Family run boutique manufacturer Shandiz Natural Foods operates with a three-part vision. The company strives to produce quality natural products, ensure customer satisfaction, and nurture a respectful workplace environment. Producing a quality ingredient isn’t difficult for Shandiz, as the majority of its products are certified organic. The company primarily manufactures snack bars, including fruit and nut bars, cereal bars, rice crispy bars, and nougat confections. A key feature of all Shandiz products is that they’re minimally processed. 

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For most companies, the economy brought a downturn in business. For private brand marketing company Marketing Management, Inc. (MMI), the current economic climate brought 18% growth. In the past year, the company has seen more interest in private brand development from companies outside of its normal customer base, including hardware companies, farm and fleet stores, and office suppliers. MMI answered the call of these new market segments by providing fine-tuned strategies to help businesses drive their private brand sales and boost their profiles. 

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The question Future Food wants you to ask yourself when you visit the grocery store is “What do I want in a dip?” The hope is that your answers will be “quality and freshness” because they will point you in the direction of one of the company’s two brands. Salads of the Sea, founded in 1984, is manufactured in Texas and comprises seafood dips in a variety of flavors with ingredients sourced from the North Pacific. Santa Barbara Bay, the second of Future Food’s brands, was founded in 1996 and is manufactured in Buellton, Calif., just outside Santa Barbara. 

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If you think $3.5 billion in annual revenue is enough to be a top-five global beauty company, think again. To achieve such a prestigious ranking, a company must achieve a revenue base between approximately $7 billion and $8 billion. Such is the goal of Coty Canada, and it’s developed three strategies to get there. 

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To the casual observer, an employee uniform may not seem complicated, but it takes more than a defined color palette to outfit an organization. Since 1942, Lion Uniform Group, LLC has worked with transportation, retail petroleum, and private security customers large and small, from Fortune 500 companies with tens of thousands of employees to 25-employee corporations, to ensure the outfits they provide their employees appropriately represent the culture of their company. 

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Despite the current economic climate, Canastota, NY-based Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes continues to expand its footprint. The company has 82 freestanding convenience store locations in Upstate New York, 46 of which are owned and operated by franchisees; the remaining 36 are corporate run. John MacDougall, the organization’s founder and president, said that, to date, his business has not been significantly affected by the volatile economy. During a time when many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, Nice N Easy continues to grow.

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This summer, 7 For All Mankind launched a new retail campaign on Boston’s Newbury Street with its Wash House pop-up shop. The 2,000-square-foot “deconstructed” retail store is not only taking advantage of the many empty store-fronts on one of the city’s most glamorous streets, it’s also taking the opportunity to break into the Boston market without breaking the bank. 

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With nearly 1,000 retail locations, one strong and interactive e-commerce site, and annual revenues of more than $1 billion, PacSun is clearly a force to be reckoned with as an apparel and accessories retailer. What’s shocking is that the company started as a small surf shop in Newport Beach in 1980 and is now one of the top names in the teen fashion world.

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