La Moderna sees much potential ahead with its new facility in Texas.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

La Moderna may be in the business of producing pasta, but the company never loses sight of the fact that its employees are its most valuable assets. “You can feel that in how the owners and the general directors of the subsidiaries [operate],” Sales Director Esteban Abascal says. 



Cowgirl Creamery continues to grow under the wings of its new parent company,

but maintains the qualities that made is special.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

There’s a bit of mystique to being a small artisanal cheesemaker, but Sue Conley’s advice for her smaller peers in cheesemaking is to do everything they can to grow. “If a cheese company is too small, it won’t survive with the FDA rules and the expense of marketing in today’s world,” she says. “My cheesemaking friends who are very small need to grow a little bigger to survive. It’s much like an endangered species.”

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Venture Technologies set itself apart by delivering on promises to its clients.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

For 32 years, Venture Technologies Inc. has thrived by supporting its technology with talented associates. “They carry the flag for Venture,” CEO Gerard Gibert says. “We combine those people with world-class technology and a go-to-market strategy that has made the company successful.”



Schuler Shoes is in the process of remodeling its stores and giving them a fresh look. 

By Kat Zeman

Schuler Shoes is about comfort, style and service. The family-owned company has been a staple in Minnesota for more than 125 years. 

Although the company’s values have stayed the same, some things are changing. Schuler Shoes is in the process of remodeling its stores and giving them a fresh look. 

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Native Canadian

Native Canadian Chip Corp. sets an example for Aboriginal businesses through its hard work.

By Alan Dorich

When consumers look for a quick snack, they want something that will not only conquer their hunger, but also provide them with a great, satisfying flavor. Native Canadian Chip Corp. has mastered that with its products, owner Alfred Lea says.

“The taste is what keeps people coming back at the end of the day,” he says, adding that the Riverton, Manitoba-based company uses refined spices to get its unique flavors. “You can buy cheaper spices ... but it’s better to get a cleaner taste.”


Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance unveils new collections and elegant packaging.  

By Kat Zeman

Famous for its Candle-lite and PartyLite brands, Luminex Home Décor & Fragrance is illuminating the market this fall as it launches new candle collections, fragrances and accessories. 

“You need to evolve with the customer and that’s what we’re doing,” says Kecia Hielscher, chief merchandising officer. “Today, people want an elevated fragrance experience that is long lasting, burns in a clean way and they want decorative vessels for their candles.”  

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