News : Favorite Foods’ recipe for success

Mar 25, 2015

Originally posted on New Hampshire Business Review.

By Michael Mccord

Chris Barstow has a philosophy that has served his company well for more than a quarter-century: “If we help our customers do more business and become more profitable, then we will reap the benefits.”

Barstow is president and CEO of Favorite Foods, the Somersworth-based restaurant supply company that has carved a profitable niche in a highly competitive industry that includes giants such as Sysco, US Foods and Performance Food Group.

With annual revenue of about $37.5 million, the 53-employee revenue firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants as well as some state prisons, military installations, private schools and food manufacturers.

Barstow, a Pennsylvania native, was working in Silicon Valley as a high-tech distributor for Texas Instruments when his brother, Jeff, founded the company. When he went on a Maine vacation to visit his brother, he was already at a career crossroads.

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