News : Favorite Foods, a Family Business Embracing Sustainability

Sep 28, 2015

Originally Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

SOMERSWORTH — Chris Barstow has a philosophy that has served his company Favorite Foods 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 the president and chief executive 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.
Barstow admits to not seeking individual recognition and says credit goes to the 53-employee team. The firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants as well as some state prisons, military installations, private schools and food manufacturers. It has annual revenues of about $37.5 million.

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 came for a Maine vacation to visit his brother he was already at a career crossroads.

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