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>p PRODUCERS ames international Sweet Feats AMES International takes advantage of global opportunities and expands its reach by opening a state-of-the-art production facility in India. By Barbara McHatton company profile AMES International HQ: Fife, Wash. Employees: 100 Specialties: Nuts, chocolate and teas George Paulose, president: “From the highest-level employees all the way down, our people understand our culture of quality and reliability.” >> AMES International produces chocolate-covered dried fruits and nuts under the Emily’s Chocolates brand. L ittle did George Paulose know when he began his humble cashew processing and distributing business in his garage that his products would eventually reach a worldwide market. The name “AMES” is an amalgam of family names – his daughters, Amy and Emily, and his wife, Susan, provide the initials for the corporate moniker. Emily’s Chocolates was named for Paulose’s daughter. Today, AMES International Inc., which began in 1987, along with its wholly owned subsidiary, AMES Food Processors, India, processes and distributes cashews, mixed nuts, dried fruit mixes and gourmet chocolate-covered dried fruits, nuts and cookies in many countries. Its products include roasted cashews, dark and milk chocolate-covered almonds, dark and milk chocolate-covered fortune cookies and dark chocolate-covered strawberries. AMES’ Teaosophy brand, established in 2004, processes and distributes highend teas that are imported from top estates in India and Sri Lanka. The flavors include Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, green Darjeeling, Kerala and Nilgiri. Emily’s Chocolates prides itself on obtaining the freshest and best nuts, as well as premium all-natural dried fruits and chocolate from around the world. Paulose himself travels to source nuts from Vietnam and India, rather than purchasing from an agent or broker. He inspects the product’s freshness and flavor before it is sent to the Fife or Kerala factories. Both Emily’s Chocolates and Teaosophy are well-known in the United States for their high-quality products. Yet, while traveling abroad to obtain ingredients for its U.S. operations, Paulose saw myriad opportunities in China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa for distributing food products. “The food distribution industry in India, for one, is very fragmented and unorganized,” Paulose notes. “In addition, more than half of the world’s population resides in Asia, which offers tremendous opportunities for growth.” Taking on the World A native of India, Paulose decided to give back to his community by building a state-of-the-art production facility in Cochin, Kerala State – the village where he was born. Located near the port city of Cochin to provide water transport of the products, the Indian location plants AMES factories on opposite sides of the globe – and expedites product shipments to the entire world. “Our Kerala factory could probably ship product to New York faster and less expensively 106 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
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Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
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