Case Studies Retail Grocery

Ray Roch – Roch’s Fresh Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Ray Roch Jr., the third-generation owner of Roch’s Fresh Foods, waking up well before dawn is a family tradition. Now based in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, Roch’s Fresh Foods was founded in the early 1930s by Joseph Roch, Ray’s grandfather, who rose early each day to open his corner grocery market in the Pawtuxet […]

Jim Floyd – Hammer & Wikan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jim Floyd isn’t descended from the Norwegian founders of Hammer & Wikan, the unique grocer and commercial retailer in tiny Petersburg, Alaska. Nevertheless, today’s owners seemed to recognize at least a spiritual connection when hiring Floyd as general manager and chief executive officer in November 2019. “When they said, ‘welcome to the family’ it sounded […]

Chobani Yogurt

Est. reading time: 7 mins

Hamdi Ulukaya grew up in eastern Turkey, where his family was in the farming and dairy manufacturing business. In 1994 he came to the United States as a student, and following graduation he put a lifetime growing up in the industry into opening his first cheese plant. Organizing his brands under the Agro Farma Inc. […]

Lawrence Hou – Golden International Corporation

Est. reading time: 3 mins

The food industry goes through fads like any other. Just think back to the explosion of Sriracha. Although the Thai-inspired hot sauce from California has existed in America for decades, by 2015 it was a sensation, appearing not only on tables across chili-crazed America, but on t-shirt designs and even as Halloween costumes. In many […]

Pete’s Fresh Market

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After more than 21 years in business, Pete’s Fresh Market has grown to 12 stores, serving shoppers in greater Chicagoland with high-quality produce and grocery items at competitive prices — all backed by the responsive, flexible service that comes from direct family ownership. With new locations in the Chicago suburbs of Bridgeview, Oak Park and […]

Budwey’s Supermarket

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Founded in North Tonawanda, New York, in 1925 by Lebanese immigrant Saltonia Budwey as a small, 800-square-foot deli, Budwey’s Supermarket is one of the area’s most familiar and trusted names in food. Known for its extensive meat offerings and an in-house scratch bakery, Budwey’s owes its current status to a history of strong female leadership. […]

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