New products, quality, and customer service are the central tenets of this 37-year-old vegetable production company. When it comes to vegetables like lettuce and spinach, it doesn’t seem like there’s much left to do that nature hasn’t already done. Not unless you are Misionero Vegetables, a company started back in 1973 by Floyd Griffin that continues to be family-owned today. The company produces organic and conventional products that are distributed throughout all of North America, operating under the motto of Stephen Griffin, president: “Innovate or perish.”

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High-quality shipping boxes combined with design capabilities and merchandising solutions set this company apart. It isn’t easy to be a consumer goods manufacturer these days, with retailers cutting lead times short and controlling inventory more tightly than ever. In addition, budgets for marketing, merchandising, and anything except churning out products are severely limited. Fortunately, TimBar Packaging and Display is here to help.

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For more than two decades, this company has provided retailers with the software solutions and service they need to maximize their efficiencies. At the beginning, ECR Software Corporation (ECRS) was a small software company built to deliver retail automation solutions by delivering on promises made to customers and employees. That commitment allowed this Boone, NC company to grow to include 70 employees with a network of salespeople, support technicians, and installation specialists around the country. 

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After a change in ownership, this company was able to regain financial strength and reposition itself in the denim market. FDJ French Dressing has built a strong reputation throughout the years. This became especially significant when, in June 2008, the company experienced financial turmoil and was forced to file a notice of intent to file for bankruptcy. According to CEO Noah Stern, who brought the company out of bankruptcy with his partners, it was this strong reputation that saved the organization from dissolution. 

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This New Jersey-based private-label bakery can help retailers provide high quality breads and rolls faster and cheaper. Harvest Time Bread may be a relatively young company, but it has a wealth of experience that puts it ahead of the game as a supplier of high-quality, artisan, all-natural, organic and whole-grain fully baked and frozen breads and rolls. A large part of the company’s success lies in the fact that it can supply frozen fully baked or parbaked bread products to major supermarket chains.

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This subsidiary of one of Japan’s largest food manufacturers is on a mission to increase sales and help Americans eat healthier. Shigeru Natake is on a mission to get Americans to eat more tofu. The president of House Foods America, which recently expanded its tofu producing capabilities to the East Coast, sees an opportunity to increase this nation’s intake of the healthy Asian staple.

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Mobile and Web-based technology continue to evolve, and this organization is working hard to help its clients keep pace. The rapidly increasing availability of broadband Internet access continues to change how people think, live, work, and interact with one another on a daily basis. The e-commerce platform has certainly taken off in the last few years, and the introduction of smart phones has made it easier than ever for consumers to find sales, regardless of the device they’re using. 

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With a refreshed Web site and a strong first phase of new products, this beauty supply company is gearing up for a new era of market dominance. During the Great Depression, three products saw almost no dip in sales: candy, nylons, and make-up. Tom Judson, president of Aloette Cosmetics, said skin care and make-up products are relatively inexpensive luxuries that women will not go without, regardless of the economy. So Aloette, a well-established division of Astral Brands, hasn’t been impacted too much by the current recession. But that’s not to say the company is resting on its laurels.

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