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  • Premier Proteins LLC - Food and Drink International
    Korea Japan Taiwan Canada the Caribbean and Hong Kong Retail customers include major grocery store chains and small butcher shops which make up about 60 percent of the company s business Restaurants comprise the remaining 40 percent Haas says Premier Proteins ships the bulk of its meats out of a facility located in Omaha Neb The company also operates a smaller distribution facility outside of Kansas City Mo which specializes in smaller volume shipping via FedEx and other carriers Haas says Premier Proteins sells American Kobe Wagyu beef Berkshire pork and American grass fed beef Haas says We re kind of a hybrid Haas says We work with producers from beginning to end We re more of a packer and wholesaler Choice Cuts In fact the company is the second largest producer of Wagyu beef in the country Cattle come from a single rancher and are source and age verified All cattle are under 30 months of age The company hopes to double sales by the end of 2017 he says Premier Proteins American Kobe Wagyu beef comes from Wagyu cattle that were brought from Japan and raised in the United States Wagyu cattle are a Japanese breed that has the ability to marble unlike any other breed on earth Haas explains The fat from these cattle is physically different from other breeds and offers a buttery flavor that is healthier than regular beef fat The meat has a fine texture that is tenderer than other cuts Haas says The cattle are fed traditional Japanese diets and their feeding process is closely monitored at a single family farmed Iowa feed lot for consistently high quality American Kobe Wagyu beef he says Increasingly people are thinking about what they are eating and how it is produced Haas says For beef cattle

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1933-premier-proteins-llc (2016-04-27)
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  • Elior North America - Food and Drink International
    support ongoing growth initiatives The company is a disruptor in the marketplace but continues to focus on one on one personal relationships with its clients We have the local presence in the market that exemplifies who we are but we do it with the support of the global organization of Elior Poplin explains We re disrupting the normal way people serve clients We can bring service to clients in a way that we re not fighting our way through the challenges of a large bureaucracy Always Growing In less than a year as CEO Poplin has seen nearly a 50 percent growth in revenue thanks to strong organic growth and three recent acquisitions STARR Catering Cura and ABL Management He says Elior will continue to be acquisitive and ensure the customer experience is positive by offering new products innovations and solutions We will continue to identify strategic acquisition opportunities in 2016 and beyond Poplin says Building the organization gives us strength in the local market Across our family of brands we re doing more than serving meals We re creating culinary experiences one customer at a time Elior builds on its culinary innovations in a way that allows it to bring new and unique culinary ideas to its clients An example of its local reach includes the education sector where Elior via Aladdin runs the foodservice for an all vegetarian all organic program at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield Iowa With STARR Catering Elior provides catering and restaurant services for high profile cultural destinations such as the New York Historical Society Philadelphia Museum of Art and Perez Art Museum in Miami In healthcare and senior services the teams in Aladdin A viands Cura and Valley provide food management services to acute care and senior living facilities throughout the country Additionally one of the company s largest business segments is senior nutrition where meals are delivered daily to private homes and congregate facilities for seniors For our senior population we deliver more than a meal Poplin says Senior nutrition is a tremendously important and rewarding business our friendly teams deliver a well balanced healthy meal along with a quick visit and safety check to help seniors cope with the daily challenges of aging Additionally culinary innovation is key for one of its most important industries corrections Elior has to serve individuals in these facilities three times a day while taking into consideration extreme cost limitations and nutritional requirements Our teams come up with unique ways to serve a population that doesn t have a lot of choices Poplin explains Our meal can make a difference in their ability to have a good day or bad day We provide food that achieves positive behavior for the facilities People First With new acquisitions comes the need to grow the internal team and client base Poplin says that recruiting new team members is where he dedicates a large portion of his time Thus providing resources for its growing base of clients is an

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1925-elior-north-america (2016-04-27)
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  • Amigos Foods - Food and Drink International
    than the competition Amigos Foods customers primarily consist of Hispanic grocery markets However We ve expanded our distribution to a larger clientele to include your major retailers throughout the country he says Many of the company s clients Hurtado adds are repeat In rare situations a customer may go out of business Otherwise we probably never lose you as a customer he declares Thanks to its customer service We re very good about keeping customers A New Dimension Amigos Foods recently added to its operations with Amigos Frozen Solutions a 42 000 square foot cold storage facility that opened in January The facility is located a block away from its distribution facility in Chicago It also features a small processing area which has enabled Amigos Foods to go into another dimension Hurtado says We didn t process anything before Although Hurtado expects Amigos Foods to process Hispanic related items it is not limiting its options We re pretty much open to suggestions he says We re taking ideas from our current customers including technology to temper product out more efficiently All Stars Amigos Foods operates with an environment where people work at a fast pace CFO Manny Rangel Jr says Everybody s pretty busy trying to get out as much work as possible he says Despite its modestly sized staff the company has managed to boost its sales Rangel adds It speaks a lot to the efficiency we have here he says I like to think we have a group of all stars Those all stars Hurtado notes include its entire sales department and Rangel himself Manny has done a good job on the financial side Hurtado says adding that many have been with Amigos Foods for more than a decade The core of the company has remained consistent Rangel

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1923-amigos-foods (2016-04-27)
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  • Topicz - Food and Drink International
    base is purely independent Greenberg adds We pride ourselves on excellence through creative service while constantly changing and adapting to our customers needs Perfecting Service Topicz employs 160 people a number of whom have been with the company for more than two decades We ve been blessed with longevity Greenberg says With the team we have in place there is camaraderie and shared goals of growing our marketshare and creating a good stable name here in Cincinnati Its 15 person sales team is responsible for visiting the company s accounts on a bimonthly basis Four merchandisers at Topicz work with the company s customers to reset stores or change the layout based on sales and how products complement each other Its warehouse employees undergo a 90 day training period to ensure product picking is done efficiently and accurately We provide great customer service through training and our sales staff Greenberg says For example our sales manager used to work for cigarette companies and we combined her experience with our industry knowledge from the manufacturing side to bring greater expertise We have built relationships with our customers over the years and loyalty is very important in the convenience store industry They see how far and above and beyond we are willing to go to take care of our customers needs Making it personal goes a long way Topicz maintains long term relationships not only through its own personal touch but also by attending trade shows to meet with vendors and hosting weekly visits to discuss new projects and share sales We gain new customers through word of mouth and our sales reps cold calling multiple times during the week Greenberg adds The company will debut a new app for its sales representatives and customers this spring that will automate the ordering process and increase efficiency for both The app will allow sales to do everything electronically and process credits Greenberg explains Customers will also be able to download the app and pull up their profile where they will be able to process their own credits scan products they want to send back manage inventory and print new shelf tags This will do all the jobs that our salesforce used to do when they were calling on a customer so now they can concentrate on offering new items Schwartz adds The importance of technology cannot be underestimated in the convenience store business Greenberg says He adds that the company remains committed to updating its software regularly I think our IT individuals have become one of the most important people in the operation he says We have spent a great deal of money on systems and procedures to improve accuracy and responsiveness Broadening Inventory Topicz s inventory includes nearly 10 000 items to ensure it offers well rounded categories The company prides itself on staying relevant and offering the best selling products in each of the top 10 convenience store categories In the past cigarettes and tobacco products were the main products for

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1921-topicz (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    the state Burman says North Star Seafood still has room to grow and its devotion to doing things the right way no matter who its customer is will be the driving force behind that growth in the near future Read more Article by Janice Hoppe Distributors 15 February 2016 Nebraskaland As the largest meat distributor in the New York metropolitan market Nebraskaland continuously looks for ways to improve its customer service and increase efficiency We are on a good path incorporating technology has been our strong point and we will keep looking to do that Executive Vice President Daniel Romanoff says The Bronx N Y based variety meats distributor in February implemented an electronic proof of delivery system that Romanoff says has received rave reviews from its drivers and customers In the past we printed out invoices and drivers would require the invoice signed by the customer he explains To make adjustments our drivers would have to cross out an item and bring it back to our accounting department for approval and customer credits Today Nebraskaland drivers bring handheld devices to customer accounts where approved edits can be made on the device The customers can sign the tablet and invoices are automatically emailed to them which saves time and money It saves paper time and makes us more efficient and very clean Romanoff adds It s an excellent process for us Customers are impressed with the new electronic proof of delivery system made by Mobile Conductor because it has simplified their ordering process For example when wrong items are ordered or a customer changes their mind about a product it never appears on the invoice We can adjust the invoice during the delivery process and customers are very happy to receive a corrected invoice immediately without the extensive back office verification process Romanoff says Read more Article by Tim O Connor Distributors 15 February 2016 General Parts It used to be that a kitchen fryer consisted of just a thermostat gas valve and on off switch But as technology continues to progress manufacturers have found new places to stick circuit boards and microchips even in advanced foodservice machines Today s fryers for example can cycle on and off automatically filter oil without human input and use less oil The irony of such automation is that even as it makes the machines simpler and more efficient they become impossible for the layperson to repair The more sophisticated the equipment becomes the more need you have for companies like mine says Bruce Hodge president and COO of General Parts a distributor and servicer of foodservice equipment and parts Large chains such as McDonald s and Chick fil A often won t even let technicians open up their equipment unless they ve received the proper certifications Equipment is expensive complicated and extremely sensitive Franchisers thrive because of consistency in their food and each piece of technology in their kitchens must be calibrated in precisely the same way across every location to ensure a

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=8 (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    in Dutch Harbor Alaska which took about two and a half years to construct It was able to process crab from the Bering Sea by 1991 Westward Seafood s primary product is pollock a mildly flavored whitefish It is used for a number of different functions including fish filets imitation crabmeat surimi a paste made from fish or kamaboko a process in which fish are pureed and formed into loaves and steamed Read more Article by Janice Hoppe Distributors 27 September 2015 The Best of Beers The beer industry has become more dynamic over the past 10 years with the emergence of craft beer The trend brought a change to consumers buying habits and forced distributors such as The Best of Beers of Hickory N C to start looking at business differently Business was pretty much the same for about 50 to 60 years and then with the growth of craft beer the No 1 buzzword in the industry things started changing President Randy Truitt says Consumers drive everything they are the boss We are very successful at partnering with high quality highly sought after craft brewers to add to our portfolio to make us relevant Read more Article by Bob Rakow Distributors 27 September 2015 J J Distributing Jim Hannigan has spent most of his life in the produce business I ve been in the produce industry for 48 years says Hannigan CEO of J J Distributing There isn t anything in the industry I haven t done Hannigan 72 recalls unloading produce from railroad cars when he was a college student He also spent time delivering and repacking various commodities ripening bananas and selling produce direct from the farm to the retailer Decades later Hannigan and his family are on the cutting edge of the organic produce movement

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=16 (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    innovative services based on more than 100 professions As a global leader in its industry it operates offices in more than 80 countries including its Colombian branch which was established 20 years ago The Bogota based office continues to thrive particularly in the facilities management sector Read more Article by Jim Harris Distributors 13 July 2015 Russo s Michael Tony Russo recalls a time when as a child helping out in his father s produce distribution business he had collected 20 cases of asparagus from a supplier and brought them back to his family s warehouse only to discover that one of the company s drivers had already collected the same amount of the vegetable After learning that his family was charged for only the first 20 cases collected he worried about the consequences of holding onto the overage I thought that the supplier would believe we had taken 20 cases of asparagus from them he says I couldn t sleep that night and worried all night that I had done something that would tarnish my family s name Early the following morning Russo returned the 20 cases to the supplier who had not yet noted their absence and were surprised to see the young boy Russo says he understood as a youngster the importance of honesty Through his home and church as well as the family business he learned there was an expectation and a commitment to ethical and responsible conduct in all aspects of business Read more Article by Jim Harris Distributors 13 July 2015 Palmetto Foodservice Palmetto Foodservice President Peter Landskroener acknowledges the major challenges his company faces as an exporter in the food industry Right now we re eating a large dose of humble pie every day because the U S dollar is very strong and when you re selling expensive American beef to Europe and your dollar is 30 percent stronger against the Euro than it was 6 months ago that makes a big difference he says Along with the strong dollar the fact is that the main commodity we sell worldwide is U S beef and beef prices are at a record high levels and there s no indication they re going to come down any time soon Those two main factors have led many of its foodservice distributors to reduce the amount of beef they re purchasing from Palmetto Poultry products exported by the Atlanta based company are also challenged as a result of the avian influenza virus which has led to many countries worldwide to close their doors to poultry imports altogether The virus closely follows previous international concerns over Mad Cow disease some of which still linger more than 12 years after the affliction first manifested It s been tough and we re working a lot harder and maybe sleeping a little less at night but that s part of the business we soldier on he adds Read more Article by Bob Rakow Distributors 13 July 2015 The Nutrition Group Forty

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=24 (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    the world in Australia Customer service is what sets us apart the company says We tend to look after our customers quite well and over time you build trust and you continue doing business The company provides tobacco confectionary items health and beauty products pet foods snacks batteries and other items for convenience stores and foodservice accounts Campbellford Wholesale expands its services during the summer months to include more than 400 seasonal businesses Read more Article by FD Staff Writer Distributors 10 February 2015 Verity Wine Partners Verity Wine Partners was founded in 2009 with the goal of becoming the best fine wine distributor in New York It represents a comprehensive portfolio of more than 750 wines from 240 wineries in 15 wine producing countries One of the industry s most diverse portfolios what all Verity Wines share in common are balance character authenticity and most important of all they deliver value respective of their price the company says Working along with its loyal wine partners Verity Wine Partners is the fastest growing fine wine distributor in its region Therefore it is recruiting for its sales team as it expands into new areas says Steve Doran founding partner It currently employs about 30 sales staff Read more Article by Eric Slack Distributors 10 February 2015 The Fresh Diet When Zalmi Duchman and Yosef Schwartz a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef founded The Fresh Diet in 2005 they wanted to combine the three important pillars of taste convenience and results Now 10 years later the Fresh Diet has evolved into the nation s premier gourmet diet delivery service preparing and hand delivering three fresh meals and two gourmet snacks to upwards of 3 000 customers daily The brilliance behind a product such as The Fresh Diet is how easily it integrates and supports someone s lifestyle Director of Strategic Initiatives Arley Betteridge Hunt says Our customers are not just dieters We support a vast range of lifestyles and cater to different careers needs and dietary preferences Read more Article by Jamie Morgan Distributors 10 February 2015 Reinhart Foodservice Trends come and go in the restaurant business but ensuring profitability never goes out of style But in a competitive landscape and an industry where 25 percent of restaurants close after their first year in business ensuring profitability can be a tricky thing What we see as the real topic of discussion separate from the big consumer trends like sustainability and local is food cost management explains Eric Cronert vice president of marketing and communications at Reinhart Foodservice Our clients are looking for ways to better manage their food costs so they can better manage their overall operations and stay competitive in the landscape Our clients have a great passion for food and they know good food Our support is through helping them navigate new trends and getting new items on their menu all while staying on top of rising commodity costs Read more Article by Alan Dorich Distributors 10 February 2015 Harbor

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=32 (2016-04-27)
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