With a unique processing method and the ability to use an all-natural sweetener as more than just a sugar substitute, this stevia producer is quickly making a name for itself in the food industry both as a tabletop sweetener and as an ingredient in food and beverages. “You can imagine my wife’s reaction when I told her not to write any checks because I’d given away all of our money the night before to a young man on his way to Paraguay,” said May. “In the public eye, I went from being respected as the foremost expert in administrative aspects of end-stage renal disease to being considered a quack because I was interested in herbs.”

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This pasta company knows what consumers want from a plate of pasta. By reorganizing its innovation platform and maintaining a strong corporate structure, it’s able to deliver. It was only a few years ago that consumers were heading straight past the pasta aisle and straight to the meat counter. But the no-carb, high-protein diet was just a fad, and as the economy continues to push people to their financial breaking point, more people are heading down that pasta aisle. 

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Once again under family control, this hair, skin, and foot care company is reaching out to retailers and across the ocean, spreading the gift of beauty. The story of Freeman Beauty began 1915, but in the past six years, the company has undergone significant growing pains. That’s the point that Larry Freeman, founder of Freeman Cosmetic Company, bought his company back from the Chicago-based private equity firm that had been slowly damaging its credibility.

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This specialty food importer and distributor survives by providing its customers with unique products and personal service. Two principles guide Trish Pohanka, director of purchasing for European Imports Ltd., through her job each day. First: the company’s goal, which is to provide high-quality and unique products. Second: there is no other specialty food distributor in the marketplace that offers the breadth of products in both foodservice and retail sizes, perishable and grocery, but there is still segmented competition. 

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When looking for style, comfort, and affordability in a pair of shoes, look no further than this Georgia-based manufacturer. For many women, the chance of finding a comfortable pair of shoes under $50 is rare. Add any style requirements, and the chance of finding what you want is practically impossible—that is, until Oka b. came into the picture.

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This fourth generation family owned company proves that even though you’re short on time, you don’t have to be short on quality. Just because we run at a faster pace than our predecessors doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to eat healthy. Eighty years ago, Clara Blake started Blake’s Turkey Farm, raising and selling award winning fresh-dressed turkeys. Forty-one years later, her grandson, Charlie Blake, began selling chicken pies out of the back of his truck to his neighbors using his grandmother’s original recipe. 

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The desire to share the tastes of Jamaica earned this entrepreneur millions and a chance to share his wealth with others. At his first US job, Vincent HoSang earned $1.60 an hour. Today, he’s president and CEO of Caribbean Food Delights, a multi-million-dollar Caribbean food manufacturing and distribution organization with more than 70 employees. 

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This skin and beauty care company connects with US consumers by understanding how they want to feel, what they want to buy, and who they listen to. Beauty isn’t only about how you look; it’s also about how you feel, especially to someone else. For Beiersdorf North America, the US division of one of the leading skin and beauty care companies in the world, feeling beautiful comes down to more than a positive attitude. 

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