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Julie Besonen

Julie Besonen

Specialty Food

RECENT ARTICLES BY JULIE BESONEN
Producer Profile: True Made Foods

Producer Profile: True Made Foods

How two former military men came together to create a line of veggie-rich, better-for-you condiments. There was a national outcry when the Ronald Reagan-era(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: Mike Brady; Greyston Bakery and Greyston Foundation

2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: Mike Brady; Greyston Bakery and Greyston Foundation

Mike Brady, 48, is the president and CEO of the nonprofit Greyston Foundation and its for-profit arm, Greyston Bakery, a Yonkers-based, mission-driven enterprise(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson; Salty Girl Seafood

2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson; Salty Girl Seafood

Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson, both 29, have worked on fishing vessels and in fisheries around the globe and share a commitment to accelerating change in the(...)
Producer Profile: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale; A Thirst for Variety

Producer Profile: Bruce Cost Ginger Ale; A Thirst for Variety

Bruce Cost was the chef at a four-star Asian restaurant in San Francisco and had sold thousands of dumplings in the Midwest. In founding Bruce Cost Ginger Ale,(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Mark Tilsen; Native American Natural Foods

2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Mark Tilsen; Native American Natural Foods

Mark Tilsen, 60, co-founded Native American Natural Foods as part of a mission to return the sacred buffalo to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: James Faison; Milton’s Local

2017 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: James Faison; Milton’s Local

James Faison, 34, grew up visiting his grandparents’ farm in the Southside region of Virginia, but his path was not headed in the direction to become a fourth-genera(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Ken Lee; Lotus Foods

2017 Leadership Awards: Citizenship: Ken Lee; Lotus Foods

Ken Lee, 58, took a meandering path from working in the insurance industry and financial planning on the East Coast to co-founding Lotus Foods in California(...)
2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Albert Straus; Straus Family Creamery

2017 Leadership Awards: Vision: Albert Straus; Straus Family Creamery

Albert Straus, 61, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery in Northern California, spearheaded the organic milk movement in the U.S. Local dairymen who followed(...)
The Year's Outstanding Leaders

The Year's Outstanding Leaders

The Specialty Food Association and Specialty Food Magazine present the winners of the fifth annual Leadership Awards, honoring industry frontrunners in the(...)
2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

From launching an iconic New York City store to pioneering premium cheese production in the United States, these six visionaries helped create the specialty(...)
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