All-Star Case Studies

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2021 Case Study - Tasty Catering

Organization Background

Tasty Catering began in 1984 as a fast-food hot dog stand called Tasty Dawg. Founded by a trio of entrepreneurial brothers, Tom, Larry, and Kevin Walter, the company now serves up tasty treats at weddings, corporate meetings and conferences, social events, residential parties, special events, holiday parties, outdoor picnics, and more.

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2021 Case Study - Rail Trail Flatbread

Organization Background

Built up by a team of three partners on December 12, 2012, Rail Trail began as a family-friendly restaurant that serves flatbread pizza and other classic American dishes. The company has more recently expanded by opening a micro-creamery and a speakeasy-style bar.

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2021 Case Study - Kiolbassa Smoked Meats

Organization Background

The company is a fast-growing food brand known for authentic, premium smoked meat products. The company’s sausages, which are often described as “the best sausage I’ve ever had in my life,” are sold across the U.S. and Mexico.

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2020 Case Study - English Tea Shop

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Organization Background

The island nation of Sri Lanka has long been revered for its tea, especially in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Suranga Herath and his team capitalized on that history when they rebranded the business (which was founded in 2001), calling it English Tea Shop. Building on lessons learned from earlier in the company’s history, when it catered to low cost and mass production, English Tea Shop evolved into a premium organic brand. They did that by moving away from the traditional auction model used to buy tea for centuries. To help promote sustainable agriculture practices, the company now buys its tea directly from organic farmers.

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2020 Case Study - Kiolbassa Smoked Meats

Organization Background

The company is a fast-growing craft manufacturer of authentic premium sausage and food products. The company’s sausages, which are often described as “the best sausage I’ve ever had in my life,” are now sold across the U.S. and Mexico.

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2019 Kiolbassa Provision Company

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Organization Background

The company is a fast-growing craft manufacturer of authentic premium sausage and food products. The company’s sausages, which are often described as “the best sausage I’ve ever had in my life,” are now sold across the U.S. and Mexico.

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2019 Case Study - Essential Ingredients

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Organization Background

Essential Ingredients (Ei) was founded in May 1996 in in Augusta, GA. The company, which distributes chemicals and other supplies to the cosmetics industry, has been 100% employee-owned since 2011. With a stated purpose of “being a blessing to others and inspiring others to be a blessing as well,” Essential Ingredients is driven to remain independent and live out this purpose for decades to come.

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2019 Case Study - Rail Trail Flatbread Co.

Organization Background

Built up by a team of five partners on December 12, 2012, Rail Trail began as a family friendly restaurant that serves flatbread pizza and other American classic dishes. The company has more recently expanded by opening a micro-creamery and a speakeasy-style bar.

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2019 Case Study - Vital Farms

Organization Background

Vital Farms was founded in 2007 to bring ethically produced food like eggs and butter to the table by coordinating a collection of family farms to operate with a well-defined set of organic agricultural practices that includes the humane treatment of farm animals as a central tenet. The company has its headquarters in Austin, Texas, and a separate processing facility in Springfield, Missouri.

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2018 Case Study - Amy's Ice Creams

Organization Background

Amy Simmons started Amy’s Ice Creams in 1984; it’s since grown to include 15 stores in three cities: Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. From the beginning, the company has embraced the mission statement of “making people's day.” When you buy a frozen treat from Amy’s, you’re also buying an experience.

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