Being free-ranging sounds good if you’re a cowboy with a gun, but if you’re a hen, there are dangers. That is why Vande Bunte Eggs, which is part of Konos Inc., is the first company in Michigan converting its 16 barns of nearly 2 million egg-laying hens to new colony-enriched housing.

Meeting the standards needed to become a certified organic food provider isn’t easy. For one Canadian organic provider, earning and maintaining the status has meant investments in manpower, equipment and procedures as well as regularly passing the muster of a number of regulatory bodies.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Cristalia Premium Water has grown to become the market leader in premium Puerto Rican bottled water. Plastics entrepreneur Salvador “Chiri” Vasallo founded the company on his Ponce, Puerto Rico, farm in 1986, where the bottling plant is still located today. In 1989, he sold his bottled water operation to Pepsi Cola Puerto Rico Bottling Co. 

The continuing demand for authentic southern Louisiana fare has inspired many producers to attempt to gain market share in this competitive category. However, Carl Broussard, president of Cajun Specialty Meats Inc., insists that what sets his company apart from the competition is the quality and consistency of its products.


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