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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2007
    Kiwano horned melon, ginger vinegar, virgin pumpkinseed oil, wild truffle sauce. Do you ever wonder where local chefs and specialty shops find these things? The answer is Sid Wainer & Son in New Bedford. Their customer list reads like a “who’s Who” not only of Cape Cod but the country. You may have seen one of their 180 trucks being unloaded at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich or the Casual...Read more
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2006
    When, in your weekly visits to the neighborhood supermarket, did you last peruse such product as lemon cucumbers, chocolate mint leaves, or dragon fruit? Possibly never, but if you were to travel to New Bedford, Mass., to visit Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce and Specialty Foods, you would see a plethora of unusual fruits, vegetables, herbs, and gourmet products. Or you can shop the “...Read more
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2006
    The Boston Globe called him the “Produce King,” while the Boston Herald tagged him “The Willy Wonka of Produce.” The monikers are apt. Henry Wainer, 56, the Son part of Sid Wainer & Son, is president of the fastest-growing specialty produce and specialty food company in the United States. An importer as well as an exporter, Mr. Wainer’s New Bedford company distributes his top-of-the-line...Read more
  • Sunday, June 11, 2006
    If you’re a true gourmet, you ought to genuflect every time you drive past 2301 Purchase Street in New Bedford. That’s the home of Sid Wainer & Son, the repository of more good food – in the raw – than you’ll find just about anywhere in New England. It’s all housed in a huge, rambling erstwhile blanket factory that sprawls behind a strip mall in a generally down-to-the-heels section of the...Read more
  • Saturday, April 1, 2006
    Students Share $38,000 in Recipe Contest Prize Money While “cabbage” can be slang for money, “eggplant” worked just as well for Robert Lybrand. A senior from the Charlotte Campus, he won the grand prize of $13,000 in the Jansal Valley Recipe Contest sponsored by Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce, Specialty Foods. His recipe for warm terrine of eggplant, red pepper and goat cheese, included...Read more
  • Sunday, February 26, 2006
    In the bottom floor of a boxy brick factory building on gritty Purchase St. in New Bedford, luxury foods from all over the world are displayed in bins, on wooden shelves, and in chilly refrigerated rooms. Even better for browsers, tastes of some of the more exotic items are freely offered. In fact, sampling from a daily buffet of delectable dishes prepared from some of items is part of what makes...Read more
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2005
    Wainer & Son experiments with new crops on Dartmouth farm “The idea is to turn this farm into a research and development center with 4,300 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs,” said Henry Wainer, president of Sid Wainer & Son in New Bedford and owner of the farm on Barney’s Joy Road. “This is not a money making venture for us. It’s a test to see what foreign produce can be grown in...Read more
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2004
    New Bedford – When diners in upscale eateries – from Radius, one of Boston’s hottest restaurants, to the four-star Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World in Orlando – bite into a delectable marinated Dutch yellow tomato, they almost surely have no idea of the unlikely journey it took to reach their table. Of course, the golden vegetables came from Holland. But it first made a stop in New...Read more
  • Monday, January 19, 2004
    As a child, if Henry Wainer wanted to see his father, Sid, he had to go to work with him. So he did. When he graduated from Nichols College, Dudley, Mass., in 1972, he took over Sid Wainer & Son, New Bedford, Mass., becoming the third generation of his family to run the company. He later got his doctorate from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I. His grandfather Henry, started the...Read more
  • Thursday, January 15, 2004
    With officials from several government agencies present, specialty produce company Sid Wainer & Son celebrated the grand opening of its new greenhouse Dec. 15. Last month it began planting tender crops like artichokes, figs, unusual greens and herbs and heirloom tomatoes in its inner-city greenhouse within sight of the company headquarters in New Bedford, Mass., says company president Henry...Read more
  • Thursday, January 1, 2004
    It’s beginning to appear that the vision of Henry Wainer reaches as far as the limits of his imagination. So, too, does his growing culinary empire, which could very well be New Bedford business’s best-kept-secret. Emphasis on the “growing.” In case you didn’t know it, his sprawling New Bedford company, Sid Wainer & Son, is now the fastest growing specialty produce and specialty food company...Read more
  • Friday, June 1, 2001
    Lemon yellow, forest green, sunset orange, vintage - lace ivory, multicolor stripe. Oblong, round, straight, hooked, nubby, ridged smooth. Tiny, medium, gargantuan. Sweet, nutty, mild, rich. With its multitude of color, shape, and taste incarnations, the squash is one of the most versatile, palate-pleasing vegetables available. No wonder it’s a favorite among chefs, regardless of their style of...Read more
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2001
    “This is not the ‘Iron Chef’, but it’s the next best thing,” said radio host Bruce Newbury as he welcomed a gathering at The Gourmet Outlet in New Bedford. The occasion was a “Mystery Basket Cook - Off” organized as a regional meeting of members of Women Chefs & Restaurants. The April 3 event pitted the talents of Team Providence - Loren Falsone, chef/owner of Empire Restaurant, assisted by...Read more
  • Monday, April 10, 2000
    Sid Wainer & Son, an 86-year-old company in New Bedford, Mass that sells imported and other specialty foods, saw business skyrocket in the roaring 1990s and projects $100 million in sales this year. Company president Henry Wainer travels to Europe and elsewhere for top-end produce and foods and finds American restaurants and consumers more than willing to pay a premium for the products. “When...Read more
  • Sunday, April 2, 2000
    For as long as he can remember, Henry Wainer has lived and breathed the excitement, the color and the fast pace of the produce business. A New Bedford native, the owner of Sid Wainer & Son Specialty Produce and Specialty Foods grew up helping his father sell fruits and vegetables at 6 Rockdale Ave. “If I wanted to be with dad, I went to work,” said Mr. Wainer. Now an internationally known and...Read more