5 Businesses That Have Survived 50+ Years

TheStreet.com featured Pete and Gerry’s, among 4 other companies, in an article about how they all survived 50+ years of being in business. CEO Jesse Laflamme spoke about the motives behind moving into the organic industry.

“The agri-business for the last 40 years has been hidden away. We want to be exactly the opposite. We want consumers to know about our farmers. … and how our hens are treated and there’s no better vehicle to do that than the Internet.”

Consumers want to know where and how their food is grown. Pete and Gerry’s partners with nearly 60 small egg farmers in the northeast to answer this growing trend.

Businesses Find Benefits in Going Green

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs was featured in an Entrepreneur article among other recognizable sustainable companies including Enviro-Log, eRecyclingCorps, and Mother Nature Network (MNN). The article gives perspective on how sustainable companies utilize their bottom lines.

“Today, Pete and Gerry’s, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is a regional powerhouse, distributing “certified humane” organic eggs up and down the East Coast.”

“He also works to support family farms by partnering with 40 or so neighbors, some of whom switched to egg production after the success of Pete and Gerry’s.”

The green ideals of yesterday are now becoming the reality of today.

Organic Egg Farm Establishes New Pecking Order

Business News Daily published an article describing how Pete and Gerry’s had to differentiate itself in order to evolve into an organic egg farm.

“When, in the 1990s, new technology allowed larger farms to ramp up production on regular farm-fresh eggs at a rapid pace, Pete & Gerry’s was almost left behind. Instead, the company decided to evolve into an organic and natural company. Two decades later, the company sells more than 180 million organic eggs a year.”

The process of transitioning to the organic egg business wasn’t easy. Pete and Gerry’s created a unique business model which partners with small family farms in order to increase production.

“The eggs, most of which now come out of one of Pete and Gerry’s more than 30 family farm partners throughout the Northeast, are currently sold in stores in New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.”

Eggs a Growth Industry for Pete and Gerry’s

The leading farm newspaper from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, Lancaster Farming, published an article about Pete and Gerry’s growth in the egg industry on January 7, 2012. The article describes various changes that took place on the family farm over the years and how they plan to expand into the future.

“Two new barns were added in 2011, and Jesse Laflamme says instead of expanding into a huge farm, they want to spread the growth among other family farms around the region. Pete & Gerry’s has contracted production with farms in several states, and expects to need half a dozen more contract producers each year for the foreseeable future.”

The article also goes on to explain how various groups in the state of New Hampshire are making books about Agriculture, or Ag Literacy, to the classroom. On National Agriculture Day, the book of the year “Charlie Needs a Cloak” will be shared read to children in schools across the state.