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>d DISTRIBUTORS Best Mexican Foods ‘Best’ In The East Best Mexican Foods has grown from distributing goods to a handful of Mexican restaurants to serving 120 accounts daily. By Jim Harris company profile Best Mexican Foods Revenues: $12 million Headquarters: Chester, N.Y. Employees: 26 Specialty: Distribution Dan Barbone, owner: “If we carry a product, that means we are endorsing it, and we don’t take that lightly.” W Best Mexican Foods supplies Mexican restaurants in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. hen Louis and Carol Barbone opened a taco stand in New York City in 1968, there were only four Mexican restaurants in the entire city. More than 40 years later, Best Mexican Foods – the company the two later formed to distribute homemade tortillas to the city’s then-small Mexican dining scene – today serves hundreds of eating establishments in the Big Apple alone. “We serve restaurants of all sizes, from smaller taquerias to large chains,” says Dan Barbone, one of Louis and Carol’s sons who today coowns the Chester, N.Y.-based company with his brother, also named Louis. “We have a large presence in New York City, and run at least three trucks there every day.” Both Dan and Louis Barbone started working in their parents’ company as delivery drivers at age 16, and also worked in its warehouse and tortilla manufacturing facility. The company no longer manufactures tortillas, instead teaming up with suppliers to meet customers’ needs for corn, flour and other varieties of the staple item. Best Mexican’s total fleet of 10 trucks primarily serves Mexican 68 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
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012