Don’t miss these six exceptional companies, March 30-31, 2017, at the Vegas Food Expo. They are keeping the old traditions alive and running their businesses with heart.


Ethel M Chocolates
Henderson, Nevada

Making the best chocolate is a Mars Family legacy. Just outside of Las Vegas in the arid Nevada desert is an unexpected oasis of fresh-crafted, gourmet chocolates. At Ethel M Chocolates, you will find deliciously fresh chocolates produced by passionate Mars associates (and family!) Inspired by the kitchen of Ethel Mars (which dates back to 1910), Forrest Mars Sr. created Ethel M Chocolates in his mother’s honor. Using her timeless recipes, Forrest’s vision of sharing fresh-crafted, small-batch, premium chocolates was born.

Ethel M's caramel is still made in copper kettles.

Ethel M’s caramel is still made in copper kettles.

A Tradition of Craft

Forrest went to extraordinary lengths to produce the most unique chocolates and fillings so that the quality of the chocolates would never be compromised. The craftsmanship and care required to create each batch of Ethel M Chocolates is unchanged. Their gourmet fillings and decadent chocolates are infused with a precise blend of love, art and science – and the result is always something magical.

Today, Ethel M Chocolates are still made in small batches with no preservatives, using only the freshest and finest ingredients. In fact, they grind their own nuts, make their own caramel in original copper kettles, and mix their own flavors for peak freshness. You won’t find much automation in the company’s Henderson, Nevada factory either. In addition, the Ethel M staff of chocolatiers pack each and every box by hand with a personal touch.

Ethel M invites you to experience specialty premium chocolates for yourself at Booth #906 at the Vegas Food Expo.


Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

OXO offers award-winning innovative cooking tools and housewares for every room of your home.

More than 25 years ago, Sam Farber noticed his wife Betsey was having trouble comfortably holding her peeler due to arthritis. This got Sam thinking: why do ordinary kitchen tools hurt your hands? Why can’t there be wonderfully comfortable, easy-to-use tools? Sam saw an opportunity to create more thoughtful cooking tools that would benefit all users and promised Betsey that he would create a better peeler.

In 1990, after extensive research, hundreds of models and dozens of design iterations, the first 15 OXO Good Grips kitchen tools, including the now iconic peeler, were introduced to the U.S. market. These ergonomically-designed, transgenerational tools set a new standard for the industry and raised the bar of consumer expectation and performance. Sam Farber chose the name “OXO” because whether it’s horizontal, vertical, upside down or backwards, it always reads “OXO”.


The OXOnians (their nickname for OXO employees)

The OXOnians (their nickname for OXO employees)

OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. The company studies people interacting with products – lefties and righties, males and females, the young and old – and then identifies opportunities for meaningful improvement. Their thoughtful, “question everything” process and relentless attention to detail uncover the best solutions for life’s everyday tasks.

OXO was founded on the philosophy of Universal Design, which means the design of products usable by as many people as possible. Today, OXO offers 1,000+ products covering many areas of the home, all created based on this principle. The company has been recognized globally as an example of how a well-executed Universal Design philosophy not only creates products that are beneficial to end users but is also a sensible business model. Their products have also won numerous design awards and are included in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide.

To get a look at some of the most innovative designs for cooking tools and your household, drop by Booth #702B at the Vegas Food Expo.


Tender Belly
Denver, Colorado

Established in Denver, Colorado in 2010, Tender Belly possesses an unwavering dedication to hard work and clean food. Their yeti, pork packages, bacon and pork cuts are among the mouth-watering meat cuts you’ll ever find. In fact, their slogan is “Certified Awesome.”

Tender Belly believes that it isn’t just about creating standout products with large, clean favors you simply can’t find elsewhere. it’s really about setting the bar higher. To this end, they source only the best pedigreed pigs, support family farmers, inspire food-source conscience in food lovers, and follow processes that ensure hat every detail is handled with tenacity, passion and ambition.


The Highest Standards

What sets Tender Belly apart is their commitment to doing things the right way. That’s why they give their hogs the time they need to mature. That’s why they dry-cure all of the pork for two weeks. That’s Why they never take shortcuts. The same commitment holds tru in the way they interact with their customers, retailers, and the dozens of restaurants across the country that serve Tender Belly products.

The company goes to great lengths to enforce that level of quality, starting on the farm all the way through transportation, harvesting and packaging. The Tender Belly staff works with their hand-selected farmer-partners to comply with the highest standards for animal welfare and are visit them regularly to ensure they’re treating the hogs with the care and compassion they expect.

Serious Sustainability

Tender Belly also pays serious attention to where food is raised or grown and how it’s processed. From ote pork itself to the other spices and ingredients theyuse to create premium Tender Belly products, they make sure everything is sourced through sustainable practices.
The company ships their products in insulated, biodegradable wrapping and is always looking for new ways of doing things better.

Tender Belly upholds a “waste not, want not” philosophy, so they use every piece of the pig — nose to tail. They say that it keeps them creative and at the forefront of the culinary scene, as today’s best chefs are increasingly aligning themselves with sustainable, humane providers. Tender Belly meats are available on their website, and are carried and served by dozens of specialty retailers and restaurants nationwide.

To celebrate endurance, grit, toughness, and tenacity, Tender Belly is proud to sponsor a number of athletes, including Ben Hoffman, Dash Longe, Nolan Payne, Mark Carter, Andrew Fraser, Todd Ligare, Sean Swarner, and the Colorado High School Cycling Association.

Visit Tender Belly at Booth #104 to see the finest pork that the pig has to offer.


Colorado River Coffee Roasters
Boulder City, Nevada

Colorado River Coffee Roasters is guided by a few simple beliefs about how to live and to do business:

– Be honest
– Be direct in all dealings with customers, suppliers and supporters
– Strive for a fair deal for all (customer and roaster)
– Help others learn about and love coffee
– Listen to and learn from customers.


The family-run Colorado River Coffee Roasters team

Our coffee roastery is located in Boulder City, Nevada. The has a unique history. It was formed as the construction camp for workers building the Hoover Dam. It has been visited by millions on their way from Arizona to Las Vegas and is often remembered as that oasis in which they arrived after traveling across the Arizona desert.

The Colorado River has been a force since man arrived on this continent. It has inspired all who gaze upon its creations in the Canyons such as Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon and countless other canyons, valleys and tributaries from Wyoming to Mexico. It certainly inspires residents near its banks to think on a grand scale and to reflect upon perfect creation. That is what guides Colorado River Coffee Roasters –thinking on a grand scale of perfect coffee.

Colorado River Coffee Roasters only produces “specialty grade coffee” using the top green beans on the market. It’s run by a small, family owned team. The company employs the finest roasting and packaging equipment and welcomes client visits to see the coffee roasting process in action. Many things affect the ultimate flavor of a coffee. None has more impact than the degree of freshness. that is, the degree to which a roasted coffee continues to produce flavors in the cup that it produced within a few hours of roasting.

Like all agricultural products, coffee is adversely affected by the most common environmental factors. The oxygen in air, when exposed to the coffee, oxidizes the coffee leading to increasingly bitter flavors. Likewise, overexposure to light adversely affects flavor. Finally, time-since-roasting has an effect. The chemical reactions set in motion by roasting don’t just stop when the heat is removed. Unfortunately, reactions continue over time. Ultimately, this results in loss of freshness like exposure to oxygen in the air or overexposure to light.

Taking all of these factors into consideration, Colorado River Coffee Roasters guarantees that their processes will be selected and implemented to prolong freshness from their roastery into their customers’ homes. They don’t grind coffee; they only sell whole beans because grinding exposes coffee to air and destroys freshness. Their packaging methods also protect the coffee from environmental factors. The company’s coffee packaging was carefully selected from many possible options with freshness in mind. For their 12 oz. bags, they selected zip-lock, multi-layer bags with degassing valves to help keep oxygen from the beans as much as possible. Each time you open the baq, you can re-seal it and remove the remaining air from the bag through the valve. This reduces the oxidation on the surface of the beans.

To see the quality flavor and freshness of Colorado River Coffee Roasters’ specialty grade coffee, don’t forget to visit Booth #806A on March 30-31.


Pahrump Honey Company
Pahrump, Nevada

Pahrump Honey Company is based in Southeast Pahrump, Nevada, close to the Nevada/California border. Their raw Desert Honey is gathered by bees working the Great Basin Desert and collecting nectar and pollen from many desert plants like Yucca, Mesquite, wild flowers, orchards, and Alfalfa fields.


Some nectar is also gathered from the native grasses and Thistle bushes, flowering ground cover, plus the Cottonwood, Elm, and Mesquite trees. As the owners often say: “Where there is a flower in the Desert, there too you may find an industrious Lady Bee going about the business of gathering the elixir of life for you.”

The company also offers some imported Honeys like Clover and Orange Blossom. In fact, their Cinnamon Ginger Honey is one of their best selling products. They sell honey and honey bees online, as well at Southern Nevada locations, such as Acme General Store and Best Harware in Pahrump, at the indoor farmers market at Tivoli Square in Las Vegas, and at their popular Honey Tent at both the Craig Ranch and Fresh52 Farmers Markets in Las Vegas.

Don’t miss meeting Don, Molly, Misty or Gage at Booth #905A.


Fournier Trucking
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Fournier Trucking provides the food and beverage industry with the transportation services they need to do business and to grow. In addition to Refrigerated shipping, their services include: LTL and Truck Loading, Freight Forwarding, Dry Freight, Cooler space with Racking, Crossdocking, and Storage. They have been family owned and operated since the 1950s.

Their friendly dispatch team is multilingual; they have the experience and geographic knowledge to get your food and beverage products to the right destination on time. In fact, Fournier Trucking’s commitment to the quality and dependability has kept satiisfied customers coming back for more than sixty years.

The Fournier Dispatch Team

The Fournier Dispatch Team

Fournier Trucking is honest, reliable, trustworthy, and professional and offers personalized service. When it comes to freight forwarding for perishables and other goods, they understand the market requirements, so you can count on your products arriving in good condition. And, because they can often combine freight shipments, many times they’re able to reduce your

Fournier has established consistent East to West delivery zones, with 2-day service available, enabling them to provide efficient and reliable transportation of temperature-controlled LTL freight. They ship large and small loads and can handle last-minute and unusual orders at competitive rates. You can reach Fournier at 800-621-8066.

Better yet, come meet the Fournier staff at Booth #306A at the Vegas Food Expo, March 30-31.