Old dogs, new tricks

FSB's archives are packed with entrepreneurs who reinvented stagnant industries. Here's how some of them are doing today.

New trick: Caviar
New trick: Caviar
Osage catfisheries
This fish farm in Osage Beach, Mo., had been in business for nearly 50 years when it launched a new product: paddlefish caviar. It hoped a 2005 U.S. ban on imported caviar would help revenues. Unfortunately, after our article (October 2006) went to press, founder Jim Kahrs died, leaving the business to sons Pete, 49, and Steve, 41. An icy harvest in 2006 produced less than 10 percent of what was needed to fill orders. However, a $300,000 processing plant with the ability to double caviar output is slated to open in November. -Brandi Stewart






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