2014 Leadership Awards

Traditional rice farming in countries such as Bhutan, Cambodia, China and Indonesia involves a surfeit of resources that often drain farming families to the point of poverty. “Imagine being a farmer and not having enough to eat,” Levine says. With the demand for water, fertilizer, pesticides and other supplies in conventional farming, “it was a negative sum at the end of the harvest.” Read more …

Specialty Shops of Cologne

Specialty Shops of Cologne, Germany

Owner Philipp Becker opened this franchisee of an international brand when he grew tired of the 9-to-5 work life. In that vein, his business philosophy is fitting: “Creating an atmosphere where the customers could spend their whole day in our store,” he says. Read more …

Giving Back: Five Companies Making a Difference

During the planning stages of their business in late 2009, Marius Andersen’s wife, Hilary, happened upon a newspaper article describing the struggles and difficult working conditions of Burmese refugees right in their hometown of Greensboro, N.C. Their stories struck a chord with the couple, who were preparing to hire a fleet of employees for their new venture. “We figured, if we give an opportunity to the people who have the least opportunity, then this could be a good place to work,” says Andersen. Read more …

Anuga 2013: Global Trends

Trends at Anuga Trade Show

Some rising trends span many borders: In the realm of fruits and vegetables, two pieces of produce are gaining recognition for their versatility. Seeking the next big ingredients, some suppliers have gone straight to the source, scouting untapped resources in nature. And from Europe to Asia, numerous countries are declaring their products’ gluten-free status to appeal to the celiac-afflicted, gluten-intolerant and diet-fad followers alike. Read more …

Sweets for Special Diets

Watkins believes the potential for the allergen-free market is just beginning. “For forever, there were no allergen-free products. You couldn’t buy a packaged product unless you were rolling the dice,” she says. And while the lifestyle set—those who choose their dietary specifications—may move on to the next big trend (the paleo diet, Watkins predicts), “there are a lot of people that have just been diagnosed in the last few years, and those people are always going to need these products.” Read more …