An overview of our company history and our mission

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Chicago Importing Company markets, with exceptional service, winning fine food and confectionery brands to our specialty food customers.


In 1938, Chicago Importing Company began in the historic market district of Chicago. The company was acquired in 1996 by current owner and president, Lars Berntson, a veteran of the specialty food importing and distribution business.

Chicago Importing Company is family-owned and operated, focusing on importing brands from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. An acquisition in 2007 of another Chicago area importer added brands from Germany and The Netherlands.

In August 2013, Chicago Importing Company moved to a larger office/warehouse located in Huntley, Illinois.


Chicago Importing Company contributes 10% of our net profits to causes that will benefit others.

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Opportunity International provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training to over four million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.

Our Winning Brands Include:

Lars’ Own
Abba Seafood
Nordic Sweets
Hafi Preserves
Delaviuda Truffles
El Almendro Turrón
Grandpa Lundquist
Hermann The German Candies
Fazer Confectionery
Läkerol Pastilles
Other Winning Brands