About Us

At Hanson Faso we add value to relationships with our clients and customers through the use of our passion and experience in combination with fact-based marketing in order to effectively develop sales opportunities.


  • Building a culture of excellence through sales execution, administrative support and business analytics.
  • Becoming the standard for excellence for brokers in the sales and marketing of specialty, natural, confection and perishable foods.
  • The trade classes that we cover include specialty, grocery, natural, mass merchants, drug accounts, food service, alternate channel and gift packers.
  • We believe in the establishment of long-term relationships based on our commitment to meeting the needs of the dynamic markets that we serve.
  • Mission

    Our Mission is to bring the market the best in Specialty Foods, Natural Foods, Perishable Foods and Confections. In doing so we hope to improve the quality of life and help shape the culture of America.

  • Our Strategy

    Committed Staff

    • We develop, train and maintain a staff committed to excellence in our field.
    • We value innovation, grit, service and precision.
    • We have a centralized administrative team increasing efficiency and allowing for effective sales management.

    Brand Development

    • We identify and approach appropriate retail and wholesale customers for our brands.
    • We generate program ideas designed to maximize the visibility and sales potential of brands.
    • We maintain persistent and aggressive efforts in developing sales.
    • We communicate regularly and effectively with clients and customers

    Data Analytics

    • We provide data analytics necessary to support sales through our proprietary analytics and sales tracking tools.
    • We participate in efforts to maximize retailer, distributor and client asset management.
    • We partner with our clients in all areas of budgeting and planning to provide meaningful data to develop and grow their business.
  • Company Operations

    Corporate Office

    Our headquarters office is located in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.


    Corporate Functions

    Administration, Central Order Processing, Data Analytics, Deductions, Finance, General Management, and Marketing


    Satellite Office Functions

    We have sales and merchandising experts stationed throughout the Central US. Their functions include execution and development of sales programs in their areas. All clients are encouraged to build and maintain relationships with corporate and satellite locations with respect to the development and execution of sales plans.


    Brand Development

    Our concept recognizes two important points in the building of our brands in today's market:

    • The requirement that programs be designed and offered to multiple trade classes in order to maximize brand penetration in a given market and that many brands have items that are developed for specific trade classes.
    • That marketing programs should be customized to meet the needs of the particular customer and market in concert with the needs of the brand.

  • Company Management

    Stewart Reich, President

    Stewart has extensive experience in the food manufacturing, importing, distributing, gift packing and brand management business. He served as Executive Vice President of Charlotte Charles, Inc., a leading manufacturer, distributor, importer and gift packer of specialty foods and confections. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of two divisions of Portland Food Products.


    Mike Petermann, President of Perishable Sales and Food Service Sales

    Mike is a founding member of CDS and has an unequaled passion for the food business. His knowledge, work ethic and long lasting and far reaching relationships throughout the country have earned him a great and well-deserved reputation and respect in the Perishable Food business.


    Stephanie Seper, Senior Vice President of Brand Development and Social Responsibility

    Stephanie has comprehensive experience as a broker and in sales management. Immediately before joining Hanson Faso she was a Regional Sales Manager for World Finer Foods. Prior to that, Stephanie was a Senior Executive with Midwest Marketing, Inc. and Co-Owner ROI, Inc., both food brokerages which specialized in Natural Food products.


    Kent Walker, Vice President of Sales and Food Service

    Kent has a rich experience working in the food industry. Kent has owned his own restaurant, was a Program Account Manager at Sysco, a Regional Sales Manager for both Shady Brook Farms and Willow Foods, a Key Account Manager for PMI and then a minority owner and Vice President of Sales for CDS.


    Michael Reich, Vice President of Sales and Business Development

    Mike has worked in almost every department during his tenure with Hanson Faso. He began his career as a Merchandiser, then moved into food service sales, built out and managed the Retail Services Division, developed some of the key analytics systems and programs which set Hanson Faso apart from its competition and then served as the Senior Director of Business Development where he managed the Chicagoland Sales Team.


    Craig Herkes, Vice President of Alternate Channel Sales

    Craig has an incredibly diverse background in the food business. Craig has worked as a Regional Manager for both Bil Mar Foods and Armour Swift Ekrich, Craig worked in Operations and Category Management at Jewel-Osco, and Craig has many years of brokerage experience.


    Karen McPherson, Vice President of Operations and Administration

    As a CPA, Karen has worked for both public and private corporations. She is a proven professional with progressive accounting, management and leadership skills within the client service industry. By engaging all staff in the development of new processes and procedures, she is guiding our innovative team to serve the needs of our clients and customers.