With high-quality products and a focus on customer service, the third generation of this family owned poultry manufacturer is continuing its legacy. There was a shake-up in the poultry industry during 2008 as commodity prices soared and manufacturers tried to stay in the black. Some succeeded, some didn’t. Dean Koplik, VP of operations for Murray’s Chicken, doesn’t have a complicated formula to explain how the New York-based manufacturer and distributor survived.

Read more: Murray’s Chicken

With a legacy in food and beverage, this organic and natural product exporter is growing by understanding the needs of domestic manufacturers and foreign customers. The middleman takes a lot of flack nowadays, but in some industries, cutting him out would be like cutting off your nose to spite your face. California-based Nature’s SunGrown Foods is the perfect example, serving as an important conduit between domestic food manufacturers and foreign consumer food companies.

Read more: Nature's SunGrown Foods

Through this company’s audience response technology, businesses in retail, education, healthcare, and beyond find new ways to track responses and put information to work. In today’s world, businesses in every industry are clamoring for data, data, and more data. Compiling information and subsequent analysis helps create everything from one-time marketing campaigns to long-term strategic plans. But what if the information is inaccurate, outdated, or misinterpreted? Fortunately, Turning Technologies has a solution: real time audience response technology.

Read more: Turning Technologies

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.”

Read more: Wisdom Natural Brands

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. 

Read more: New World Pasta

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.

Read more: Freeman Beauty

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. 

Read more: European Imports Ltd.

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.

Read more: Oka b.