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Dorr Lobster >d DISTRIBUTORS New Traditions Dorr Lobster combines sustainable lobster fishing practices with up-to-date marketing to spread the word about its high-quality products. By Jamie Morgan D << Dorr Lobster says its unique marketing efforts, including the “BUY ME” tags, are a big part of the reason the company has been successful. orr Lobster is a family run business built on risk and innovation. Rick and Lynda Dorr started the company in 1978 on Bar Island in the downeast town of Milbridge, Maine. Once a busy boat-building and sardine-processing center, today the community of Milbridge is home to the country’s largest blueberry grower, Wyman’s of Maine, and to Dorr Lobster. Rick Dorr never wanted to be anything but a lobsterman. He fished every day and sold his catch to wholesalers. “But we knew we could get ahead and provide a better life for company profile our family if we could store the live lobsters until winter when fishing is Dorr Lobster difficult and the market offers a highHeadquarters: Milbridge, Maine er price,” Rick Dorr explains. He Specialty: Lobster and other seafood Chad Dorr, owner: “Everything to knew of a cove on a small island do with catching lobsters is done where he and his best friend used to the way it’s always been done, but how lobsters are marketed and how hunt and thought it was the perfect consumers are exposed to the prodspot to build a pound and, in fact, the uct has changed.” original owners had planned to do just that. “It was a big risk,” Rick Dorr says. “But we made an offer and were really surprised when they accepted it.” “We sold our house, bought a secondhand trailer and moved to Bar Island,” Lynda Dorr recalls. “The road was so narrow that if you met another vehicle, one of us would have to back up or try to pull off the road. Mud season was horrible. We constantly got stuck and there were only a few other folks on the island who could help us out. People said we were crazy to start a family and a business in such an isolated spot. But we fell in love with the island and have wonderful memories of raising our kids, Chad and Monica, here.” There are more homes on Bar Island today, but it food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • 51

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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
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012