Some firms become set in their ways and choose not to improve, but not Pete’s Fresh Market. Instead, the family owned grocery chain is evolving into a more corporate-like structure as it has grown and achieved success, Corporate Representative Marissa Dremonas says.
Dremonas’ family started the Chicago-based business in the early 1970s as Pete’s Produce, a small, full-service produce stand on the city’s South Side. Her father, co-founder and owner James Dremonas, grew the small business into a supermarket with quality meats, a deli, bakery and a hot foods department.
When Harvest Market opened in Fort Bragg, Calif., in 1985, there was little to distinguish it from many of its larger chain competitors in terms of product offerings and atmosphere. That all changed in the mid-1990s after founder and owner Tom Honer began focusing on natural and organic products after recognizing his customers’ demand for such items. Honer’s desire to meet this demand would also eventually lead him in 2006 to purchase Mendosa’s Market, a 100-year-old, small family owned market in Mendocino, Calif., which it renovated and rechristened as Harvest at Mendosa’s.
To stay profitable over the course of eight decades, Weigel’s Convenience Stores has had to change alongside the ever-evolving definition of the term “convenience.” When it first opened in 1931, customers sought Weigel’s for its home delivery of dairy products. The ensuing decades found Weigel’s leaving its home-delivery business model to build its own brick-and-mortar locations that allowed customers to pick up their dairy products along with grocery items like food, soft drinks, snacks and cigarettes.
For any company in the food and drink industry, banking relationships are among its most important partnerships. No company can grow without the right banking partner, and Puerto Rico-based Popular Inc. for more than a century has been proving that it can be just the banking partner any business could need.
It may represent those who make and sell goods, but the Royal Buying Group’s (RBG) success is driven by data. As a broker for more than 6,000 large-chain and independently operated convenience stores, Royal Buying Group offers management services that reduce operating costs, maximize sales volume and enhance profitability. RBG can tailor operating and marketing programs keyed to a business size, location or specialty.
Not many companies can boast of the sort of winding path Daniele Inc. has carved en route to its current incarnation. Starting with a family that escaped a communist regime in Eastern Europe and eventually launched a dry-curing factory in its adopted home to produce the charcuterie of its homeland, Daniele Inc. has survived through the hard work and creativity of three generations of the Dukcevich family, and now operates out of three facilities in Rhode Island.
A good service provider can make clients feel like they are the only company alive. Partnerships today strive to become seamless operations where neither party can tell where one begins and the other ends. This is the modus operandi of Schraad & Associates Inc., a sales and marketing agency for the retail food industry. As a full-service food brokerage firm, the company for the past 45 years has developed plans that get brands successfully on and off grocery store shelves.