Although Mamontova respects the traditions of her family and others who have gone before her, she has very different ideas when it comes to the drink. “Looking at the market for vodka, I knew there was a place for something new,” she says. “Everything out there was kind of the same, and there was no added experience. I love to have fun, drink and enjoy life, and I like vodka, but wanted something new and exciting.”
TraFon Group has grown in a relatively short period of time to become the largest distributor of frozen and refrigerated food products in the Caribbean. The Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico-based company was formed in 2009 when the Trapaga family acquired Packers Provision, a fresh meat distributor incorporated in 1974.
There aren’t many places on Earth that get as hot as the Caribbean,which makes a cool treat all the more important. Puerto Rico-based Payco Foods Corp. knows that better than anyone, according to CEO Francisco Frei. The company is a revival of a brand known to Puerto Ricans for more than 70 years, and it recently re-launched its namesake brand to supermarkets after a hiatus of more than 10 years. As the company looks head to its 20-year anniversary in 2013, Frei says Payco Foods already has a strong market share in the Caribbean region and is excited about the opportunity to expand that share.
McDonald’s sells millions of sandwiches each day. Consumers are handed their food in a paper bag – the food goes down the hatch, the paper in the trash. The customers might have a general end-user idea about how the sandwich came to be – especially if it’s "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun” – but they think nothing of the packaging it came in. Even though the average McDonald’s patron may not know it, the process that brought that bag to fruition is just as intricate as the layers of a Big Mac.