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>d DISTRIBUTORS Progressive Gourmet Gourmet Display Progressive Gourmet has grown by leaps and bounds by focusing on key acquisitions that improve its efficiency and quality. By Brian Salgado company profile Progressive Gourmet Headquarters: Wilmington, Mass. Employees: 180 Specialty: Gourmet hors d’ euvres, o small plates and handheld snacks Chris Collias, CEO: “We’re growing in an economy when many former competitors aren’t in business anymore.” cities,” Collias says. “Since we can manufacture and deliver product, we’re quicker than our competitors. “We’re growing in an economy when many former competitors aren’t in business anymore,” he adds. “There has been massive consolidation in the industry since the Great Recession started. If this was the hors d’oeuvres version of ‘Survivor,’ we’d be at a tribal council.” Founded in 1992 to help chefs maintain labor flexibility around banquet hors d’oeuvres with a commitment to quality products and customer service, Progressive Gourmet grew from a oneperson operation to a leading banquet supplier. The company has about 3,350 customers nationwide that it serves through 180 employees and warehouses in New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Orlando, Fla.; and Boston. << With a dedication to high-quality products, Progressive Gourmet helps chefs have labor flexibility with hors d’oeuvres. Major Acquisitions D espite growing into a nationwide distributor of premium specialty food for banquet halls, hotels, country clubs, restaurants, caterers and colleges, Progressive Gourmet has not lost sight of what made the company a success – maintaining a nimble size to serve customers faster and more efficiently than the competition. CEO Chris Collias helped lead a pair of mergers within eight months to further establish his company’s position as a supplier of choice for gourmet handheld snacks and appetizers. “We still maintain our own distribution in five of the largest banquet In August 2011, Progressive Gourmet launched an aggressive acquisition effort, starting with the purchase of Original Rangoon Co. and quickly following up with Appetizer’s And, Inc. in March 2012. George King, the founder of Appetizer’s And, Inc., took a shot on Collias more than two decades ago. “The Appetizer’s And, Inc. piece 32 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 •

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
The Last Page

Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012