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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A commitment to creating better non-meat protein options eventually led this company to create a brand that is still changing the industry. For 30 years, Turtle Island Foods has been on a mission to provide better options for vegetarians and introduce others to the tasty and healthy protein alternatives of soybeans and tofu. Located in Hood River, Ore., the company began as a small start-up in 1980 making tempeh, a traditional Indonesian fermented cake made of beans and/or grains. However, it wasn’t until 1995 that Turtle Island Foods changed the vegetarian landscape forever.

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Instead of feeding the fad-diet frenzy, this food manufacturer is developing great tasting, healthy snacks and has big plans for future offerings. Most grocery shoppers today are looking for products that are lower in price and healthy yet still taste good.  Finding the right fit for each family can be a challenge, but Jason Cohen and Jerry Bello seem to have found the right mix with their brand of better-for-you snacks called Sensible Portions.

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After recovering from hurricane damage, this convenience store distributor grew into the first super regional distributor through acquisition and providing value to vendors and retailers. Imperial Trading Company was founded in 1916 by C.H. Pelias, carving out a place in the New Orleans market as a wholesale grocer for independent retail grocers. Over time, the company expanded throughout the region thanks to a focus on the convenience store segment. 

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This national organization bridges the gap between retailers and manufacturers to maximize sales and profitability while minimizing cost. For the past five years, Royal Buying Group, Inc. has dominated the supplier industry by providing a comprehensive assortment of services catered to helping vendors and retailers find more efficient ways to operate. Started 15 years ago as Royal Buying Group, the company diversified, breaking out into three divisions that each serves a specific purpose in the retail industry.

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This poultry producer has seen many changes over the years, and its new ownership is committed to producing antibiotic-free turkey products to an ever-growing market. Although it has a history dating back to 1835, Plainville Farms has recently been reborn. For generations, it was owned and operated by the Bitz family in Plainville, NY. 

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This pet product developer and distributor uses its years of experience to manage an efficient supply chain and evolving company structure. People may opt to ride their bikes to work rather than drive during a recession. They may also stay home and watch TV rather than going to the movies. But one thing they won’t sacrifice: the way they care for their animals. 

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Thailand’s economy has grown, in part, thanks to its strength as an exporter. Now it is looking to enhance organic agricultural practices and bring more organic products to the US. Although some people may not realize it, the Kingdom of Thailand is the number one exporter of natural and organic products in the world. Thailand’s economy depends on the country’s status as a leading exporter, and the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy (OAA) is hard at work in the US promoting and expanding export relationships with American importers and retailers.  

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