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After nearly 90 years, Swaggerty’s Farm thrives with a culture

focused on family and treating people right.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

Since its start in 1930, Swaggerty’s Farm has undergone changes, but one thing that has remained constant is its quest to provide a quality product to consumers. “We don’t sacrifice a few pennies for things that will provide a short-term financial gain,” Chief Operating Officer Jon Amidei asserts.

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An almost century-old chocolatier is relaunching its name brand

to cement its reputation and grow even more.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

Pretty much everyone considers buying a box of Russell Stover chocolates to mark a special occasion or holiday. “We are the market leader at Valentine’s Day,” explains Mark Riegel, who is vice president of marketing. “Russell Stover is known as an occasion-based gift brand.”

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King’s Hawaiian is determined to make strategic product decisions based on data.

By Mark Lawton

While King’s Hawaiian is best known for its sweet Hawaiian bread, it doesn’t think of itself that way. “We have positioned ourselves as a Hawaiian foods company,” says John Linehan, president, chief strategy officer and chief planning officer. “We’re sold in the deli or bakery, not in the commercial bread aisle. Our competition is less other breads and more special foods mom brings home.”

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Blair Candy Co. finds its sweet spot with e-commerce, attracting wholesalers

and retailers nationwide to its vast and unique candy offerings.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Knighthouse Media

The Dandrea family knows candy. What began in 1939 as a corner store selling candy and newspapers has blossomed into an impressive distribution company that has evolved and diversified over the past eight decades to remain successful. Today, Blair Candy Co. is in its third generation of ownership led by President Patrick Dandrea, Vice President Terry Dandrea, CFO Bill Ajay and Director of E-Commerce Pam Macharola with the fourth generation waiting in the wings to move the company into the future.

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