B&G was started by Gloria Powers in 1985. After 22 years in the foodservices distribution business, Gloria decided that she could provide products and services superior to the competition. Gloria knew that she had value-added services to offer, beginning with exceptional customer service, and could provide her customers with quality products at a reasonable price.
Bernie Powers, Gloria’s husband, began helping with deliveries but quickly realized that Gloria would need his full-time commitment as the business immediately took off. Bernie found his niche in the equipment side of the business (Gloria’s background was in supplies) and in 1987 they incorporated the business. Bernie was responsible for projects & consulting and Gloria focused on sales & purchasing.
Their son Robert helped working in the warehouse in his spare time and now 20 years later serves as the President of the company. Bobby has been instrumental in the company’s growth over the last ten years covering everything from purchasing, sales, to coordinating daily deliveries.
Their daughter Tricia joined them full-time in 2004 after finishing her Masters in Business Administration degree at Babson College and quickly began focusing on technology, operations and marketing.
B&G has outgrown three facilities and its headquarters is now located on Eagle Street in Pittsfield. In 2006, B&G opened a second location in Albany, NY to better service their New York State customers. B&G – Albany increase its showroom and warehouse space in 2010 to keep up with the growth in business.