For this company, success is about more than lots of products on the shelves; it’s also about satisfied employees and playing a positive role in the community. If a company wants its ex-employees to be ambassadors who bring in new talent and enjoy a reputation for high quality product and be a key player in its community, Preferred Brands International, manufacturer of the brand Tasty Bite, is a great example to follow.

One of the largest private label specialty coffee suppliers in the US continues to find new ways to bring the highest quality product to consumers. Founded in 1982, Distant Lands is the only vertically integrated specialty coffee company in the US. With more than 30 years of farming experience and more than 20 years of roasting experience, the company has developed a seed-to-cup business structure that begins by maintaining close contact with coffee farms and mills across the world. 

By keeping its standards high and treating its hens in the most humane way possible, this organic and cage-free egg producer/distributor sets itself apart from the rest. Since its establishment in 1953, Chino Valley Ranchers has maintained a three-part mission: to provide consumers the freshest eggs at the best price, to treat its hens in the safest and most humane way possible, and to put back into the earth as much as it takes out. 

With an eye on design and a backbone built for business, this interactive confectionary manufacturer continues to make history in the world of toys and treats. The interactive confectionary product industry was relatively underdeveloped until Candyrific came along. But that didn’t stop Rob Auerbach and his two partners, Mike and Paul Roberts, from exploring the possibilities of bringing the candy and interactive toy industries together.

This private label manufacturer applies the principles of brand management to its products to ensure customers get more than they expect. In-depth experience seems an understatement considering Sturm Foods has been operating in the private label sector for more than 100 years. 

By keeping good on its product performance promise to make glass invisible, this diverse chemical manufacturer has broken into the world of retail distribution. Living up to a brand promise is no easy feat, but for the past 67 years, Stoner, Inc. has made good on its promise to bring consumers time saving solutions. Its biggest hit, Invisible Glass premium glass cleaner, has taken the company’s promise even farther by delivering on a pledge to “Make Glass Invisible.” 

A culture of continuous improvement has enabled this lunchmeat company to find significant growth and develop sustainable practices without sacrificing quality. Although Land O’Frost was founded in 1958, two later points in the company’s storyline propelled it to its current position as the third largest brand of packaged luncheon meats in the US. The first was in 1960 when the second generation of the Van Eekeren family, Paul, took control of the sales side of the business.

This creator and manufacturer of healthy foods makes it fun for kids to eat healthy without leaving taste behind. Eight years later, Ian’s has made a name for itself as an innovator of quality convenience foods that use only the finest natural and organic ingredients. The company is doing so well that it has increased its top line figures, plus 20%, already this year. Terence Dalton, general manager and COO, said this kind of growth comes from Ian’s successfully differentiating itself with its product offering. 

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