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New England Wholesale Food Distributor AGAR Awarded #1 Top Women-Led Private Business in Mass.

MASSACHUSETTS (December 20, 2010)—New England Wholesale food distributor AGAR, product specialist for independent restaurants, retailers and other food service providers was recently recognized by the Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Business Journal as the number one ranked Women-led private business in Massachusetts.

In the first official event, both the Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Business Journal paid tribute to the top women-led businesses in the Bay State. Ranking according to revenue was a major factor in determining how the region’s businesses led exclusively by women were honored. The Commonwealth Institute is one of the leading women’s organizations in Boston whose mission is to help CEOs, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives build successful businesses.

AGAR, founded in 1940 by Karl Bressler has become one of the largest food distribution companies in the nation, recently ranking thirteenth in industry publications. Karl’s granddaughter Karen S. Bressler is the current CEO, third generation and has led the company to double-digit growth during her ten-plus years as CEO, mostly through increased product offerings, developing the business into a broadline distributor, increased brand awareness and developing new private label brands.

“We are honored to be named among this elite group of entrepreneurs and business leaders who make a difference every day, stated Karen S. Bressler, president and CEO of AGAR.  “We strive to be a great employer, vendor, customer and citizen of the community.  I am thrilled to accept this recognition on behalf of our hard working associates.”


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