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Award Recipients 2016

Andrew Balducci


Andrew Balducci was born in 1925 in Corato, Italy. He came to America at the age of 14 and started working at his Uncle Frank’s small produce store. During WWII, Andy enlisted in the US Navy, participating in the invasion of Normandy and earning a Purple Heart.

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Eunice and David Bigelow

Bigelow Tea

While the Bigelow Tea company attributes its beginnings to Ruth Bigelow and the advent of “Constant Comment”® Tea in 1945, David and Eunice paved the way for the explosion of the U.S. specialty tea market.

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Daniel J. Carter

DCI Cheese

Widely regarded as the driving force behind the creation of the U.S. specialty cheese industry, Daniel Joseph Carter was born in 1930 in Wisconsin. In 1958 Dan began his cheese marketing career when he sold his first case of cheese in Washington, D.C. for the Purity Cheese Company based in Mayville, WI.

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F. James McGilloway

The Gilway Co.

In 1971, after a successful career in supermarket management, Jim migrated to the specialty food industry, where he spent 25+ years building success in the U.S. for Twinings Tea, Tobler Chocolates, Tiptree Preserves and other iconic brands.

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Joel Schuman

Source Atlantique

Joel Schuman founded Source Atlantique in 1991 as part of the Food Import Group. With years in the business and strong relationships with European suppliers, he raised the standards of brand development, marketing and salesmanship available to foreign manufacturers.

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