Grass America’s manufacturing and engineering capabilities

– and wide range of products – make it a leader in its industry.

By Jim Harris

Grass America is a leading supplier of functional hardware to the cabinet industry for several reasons. “Our differentiations are at a number of levels including available financial resources, technical expertise, local manufacturing capabilities, superior local technical support and a full range of products that provide superior performance and adjustability, just to name a few,” President Tom Kipp says. “Although many of our competitors possess some of these characteristics, few, if any, are able to boast of all of them.”

Brown Bottling 2018 Back 2 School display Winn Dixie Hattiesburg MS

Brown Bottling Group stays on the cutting-edge of innovation and market trends

to remain the market leader in non-alcoholic beverage distribution.  

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Brown Bottling Group has cornered the market in Mississippi as the expert in the sales, marketing and delivery of non-alcoholic beverages by keeping its finger on the pulse of the community. “We are a total beverage company; if it’s liquid and non-alcoholic, we sell it,” President and CEO Bill Brown says. “The individual consumer needs 150 gallons of liquid a year to live and provide that in any format, product and packaging to be available to the consumers when they want it.”

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Racks Inc.’s vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities give it the ability

to quickly respond to its customers’ point-of-sale display needs. 


Racks Inc.’s ability to meet its customers’ needs has made the point-of-purchase display manufacturer successful for more than 80 years. 

“Our philosophy is basically to try to keep things as simple as we can while being responsive to our customers,” CEO Doug Wall says. “We are in the business of helping our customers sell their product, and our customers’ businesses need to be responsive to the demands of retailers.


Allen Schwartz

Allen Schwartz has moved away from department stores and towards e-commerce and domestic and international specialty retailers.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For Allen Schwartz, the step to take his namesake fashion brand out of department stores was not a gamble, but instead a simple decision. “I’d like to think of myself as a visionary and a risk taker, [but] I don’t even think of it as risky, it’s the only way to grow going forward,” he says.

Chefs Cut 2Chef’s Cut Real Jerky is disrupting the competitive beef jerky market with healthier, better-tasting products.
By Jim Harris

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky Co. wants to change the public perception of beef jerky, one bite at a time. “We are in a very old, competitive category, and consumers have been trained to eat and accept jerky for what it’s always been – a hard, chewy and tough product that you gnaw on versus something you eat,” says Bart Silvestro, CEO of the New York City-based company. “Our product is tender and a different kind of eating experience – it’s like eating steak in a bag.”

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