For 75 years, Wyandot Inc. has been known as a leader in the snack industry because of its devotion to quality products and service. The company has evolved throughout its history – starting out in a one-room schoolhouse and now occupying an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. It also has transitioned from manufacturing grain popcorn to numerous types of snacks, and moved from producing its own brand to being a leading contract manufacturer. What has remained consistent throughout its 75-year history, however, is the company’s ownership by the Brown family, which has been key to Wyandot’s strong foundation, according to CEO Nick Chilton. 

Pay any attention to today’s world of pop culture, and it’s not hard to find fans going crazy over Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Sunset Farm Foods may not have the notoriety of pop stars, but its products do inspire fanaticism among many of its consumers. “This is to let you know I have bought several packages of your sausage at our Super Walmart and they are without a doubt the best sausage I have ever eaten,” wrote one fan from Leesburg, Fla. “While grocery shopping this week I panicked when I didn’t see the sausage, but they had moved them. Thank goodness!”

Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria, originally best known for the food within its namesake, is evolving to be more than just a pizzeria. “We are known in the Omaha area as being an upscale pizzeria, but as we continue to expand the franchise system into other markets, our Italian entrees are increasing in popularity,” President Greg Nolan says.

In the 1990s, Ramar Foods was challenged by a large Asian food manufacturer to give up its rights to Magnolia-brand ice cream. The brand has been popular in the Philippines since the 1950s, and as a California-based manufacturer of Filipino foods, Ramar Foods had negotiated an agreement in 1972 with the brand’s former owner to exclusively manufacturer and distribute the product in North America. When the brand changed hands, the new ownership tried to revoke Ramar’s rights. 

At Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers, the key to success has been its ability to provide a product that customers cannot find anywhere else, President and General Manager Brent Maire says. One example is its trademark product, “a big, sloppy, meaty burger,” he says. While consumers can buy burgers elsewhere, Original Tommy’s tops it with four ounces of its chili that gives it a unique flavor, Maire says.


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