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Turning point for couple's two Amys

Seated in the living room of their 1870s farmhouse, Andy and Rachel Berliner laugh easily when looking back on 23 years of business successes and a few mistakes at Amy's Kitchen, their Petaluma-based maker of natural, convenience foods.

Dressed in jeans and unhurried in their recollections, the couple strike a more earnest tone when discussing the link between the company and its namesake, their only child, Amy.

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"One of my motivations during the hard times, and there were hard times, was to leave the opportunity for Amy if she wants to carry on the business," said Andy Berliner. "So my goal was always to hang in there long enough at least to where she was able to make a firm decision about what she wants to do in life."

Those who know them say that, for the Berliners, it isn't about the money.

Andy Berliner, 64, a Chicago native, came to Sonoma County in the early 1970s, saying he'd always wanted to live on a farm. Later on a meditation retreat in India he met Rachel, 57, who grew up in Southern California. The couple married in 1985.


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