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  • J&J Distributing - Food and Drink International
    Hannigan s wife and son Kevin are largely responsible for the company s transition to organic foods My wife has been shopping the natural food co ops since the 1970s Hannigan says Indeed co ops were promoting natural and organic foods long before they entered the mainstream he says But it was Hannigan s son who convinced his father 25 years ago to seriously consider adding organic foods to their offerings He basically told me organic foods were the future Hannigan recalls He wasn t convinced of the accuracy of his son s prediction but followed his advice It turned out to be a wise move Organics On the Rise Today organic foods make up 40 percent of J J Distributing s business a figure the company hopes to double in the next few years Hannigan says Organic fruits and vegetables have been driving the business for the past four years he says The reason is simple More people are taking healthy living seriously and turning to natural and organic foods as a result As young people become consumers they will drive the growth of the organic foods market Hannigan predicts In addition convenient and ready to eat are on the rise Today s customer has limited time and wants convenience J J distributing began processing and repacking in 2000 J J Distributing got its start in 1978 We were only a produce distributor at that time Hannigan recalls We worked direct from farm to store The company contracted with trucking companies to haul produce from farms throughout the country to retailers in the Minneapolis St Paul area We then started importing grapes from Chile That pretty much built the company he says As the company grew it could no longer deliver directly to stores We couldn t get the

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1738-jaj-distributing (2016-04-27)
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  • Food Service Warehouse - Food and Drink International
    foodservice supplies and equipment ranging from flatware and cookware to commercial ovens and dishwashers FSW stocks products from most major manufacturers and brands The company prides itself on its one stop shop model From fine dining restaurants to quick serve counters and right down to specialty needs such as Asian cookware catering supplies and bar equipment we cover every product detail to assure our customers business is set up for success FSW says More than Equipment FSW offers more to its foodservice and restaurant customers than just equipment The company provides a number of other services to its national accounts including distribution shipping value engineering installation and menu development Clients also have access to an online ordering portal where they can manage the ordering process for individual stores the company says Choosing foodservice supplies and equipment does not have to be a chore the company says We strive to simplify the process by providing a variety of products easy to use search tools and unparalleled customer service to help customers find the restaurant equipment they need with ease The company offers resources beyond products and equipment to its customers A lot of restaurant equipment and supplies stores are the same we like to be different it says The company s online education center offers hundreds of articles covering foodservice topics including starting a restaurant restaurant management and operations restaurant marketing product safety and public health and equipment care and repair A Better Experience FSW prides itself on customer service We offer more than just a place to shop we offer a better experience the company says The company employs many product experts who know our catalog inside and out it says From utensils to freezers we ve done the work to find the right products for your kitchen Product experts

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1732-food-service-warehouse (2016-04-27)
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  • D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc. - Food and Drink International
    a fuller selection of produce made D Arrigo Bros Co of New York a one stop shop for many of its customers and helped the company set itself apart in the crowded and highly competitive New York market Today D Arrigo Bros Co of New York serves the New York market with a wide variety of fresh produce Dedicated to Quality Today the fourth generation of the D Arrigo family is involved in the company which continues to distribute the Andy Boy brand along with produce from other established and recognizable brands including Driscolls Green Giant Sunkist and Del Monte D Arrigo Bros Co of New York offers more than 1 000 types of fruits and vegetables on a year round basis through its fleet of delivery trucks and a highly qualified staff of dispatchers dedicated to finding the most efficient routes to customers stores The combination of high quality produce and highly qualified people means customers have the highest expectations for D Arrigo Bros Co of New York and the company meets those expectations consistently Our people and our suppliers are what distinguish us Matthew D Arrigo says We feel we have the best collection of labels and supply to offer to the market and we supply it through a very experienced and youthful group of people who work here Not only does the company distribute produce to its retailer customers throughout the New York region but D Arrigo Bros Co of New York also specializes in drop shipping This technique involves retailers arranging with manufacturers or wholesalers to have products delivered directly to the final customer rather than maintaining an inventory in their own stores or warehouses Responsible Operations Without the innovations of the original D Arrigo brothers shipping fresh produce from coast to coast might look a whole lot different today and the company continues to keep cold chain management top of mind As the very backbone of its business cold chain management is something the company says it can t afford to ignore Maintaining a cold chain and keeping fresh produce held at a given temperature from the time of harvest to the time of consumption is something we take very seriously the company says Routine monitoring and documentation of the temperature of refrigerated areas is the only way to make sure that the cold chain has been maintained Our company aggressively monitors temperature and quality thus ensuring our customers get the very best fresh produce available on the wholesale market In addition to guaranteeing the freshest produce in the marketplace D Arrigo Bros Co of New York says it also strives to provide its products in the safest manner possible Our food safety programs have been developed based on federal state and local government agencies requirements and guidance the company says The products we sell are grown by high quality and socially responsible farming companies around the globe The vast majority of our fresh produce is field packed within seconds of harvest directly into the

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1731-darrigo-bros-co-of-new-york-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • Capital Distributing LLC - Food and Drink International
    has positioned itself to take advantage of the growth in full strength beers Through a concentration on training and technology Capital Distributing has solidified its position as a leader Market Leadership For decades 3 2 beer made up the vast majority of beer sales in Oklahoma because of laws and a lack of supplier agreements with wholesalers and assigned territorial distribution rights for stronger beer products Green explains However over the last few years full strength beer has grown from 6 percent of the state s volume in 2006 to more than 13 percent in 2014 Capital Distributing has been involved heavily in the growth and transformation of the brand offerings in the state as well as the growth change that consumers are demanding Green says By expanding our presence in full strength beer offerings we become more of a partner with our on premise bars and restaurants by offering the most diverse portfolio to the retailers and meeting the needs of their customers on the journey flow a consumer goes through as their beer palate becomes more sophisticated Today s consumers are far more educated and knowledgeable about beer styles and craft brewers both locally and from around the country Green adds Social media has played a vital part in bringing information to them and we continuously partner with our retailers and local craft brewers to sponsor and participate in craft beer festivals beer pairing dinners and other educational opportunities all of which enhance the consumer s awareness and experience with beer Continuous Growth Even before the rise of the craft beer movement Capital Distributing has been growing and Green says the company has responded to this growth by investing in its facilities and people We have had an incredible growth spurt over the last 12 years doubling our

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1728-capital-distributing-llc-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Sodexo Colombia - Food and Drink International
    management to all of its offices including its LEED certified headquarters in Medellin which measures 120 000 square meters Management includes everything from handling utility repairs and payments to cleaning elevator maintenance fire safety and TV circuits The bank dedicates itself to its main service of finances while we take care of everything else they aren t experts on Ferrin says This includes food services There is a restaurant in the building where we supply the food for the employees The amplitude of our services is huge Quality of Life Sodexo s foodservice is clearly a representation of the company s mission toward the betterment of quality of life According to Ferrin the meals provided to corporate kitchens must be fresh Food is cooked on site not frozen nor transported Many corporations in Colombia provide breakfast lunch and dinner for employees It s not uncommon for a plant to offer subsidized meals to its workers Imagine if an entire plant got sick because of contaminated food Ferrin notes It would go further than sick people it could affect the entire production at the plant Quality is very important he adds We guarantee our food to be healthy and to taste good because when employees have an enjoyable experience while eating that s a better quality of life which makes for a more loyal employee Certifications in place include ISO 9001 ISO 14000 and ISO 22000 formerly known as HACCP Like every company across all industries Sodexo is met with the continuous challenges of its cost driven competition There is always the need to find ways to reduce costs but Sodexo refuses to give up quality to do so Its focus remains on improving quality of life This is important Ferrin expresses because we have a direct impact on this The

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1707-sodexo-colombia (2016-04-27)
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  • Russo’s - Food and Drink International
    plot of farmland at the marketplace of Boston s historic Faneuil Hall in the 1920s Eventually customers including Perkins School for the Blind in Boston started contacting him for deliveries A few of these customers including Perkins School are among the company s customers to this day Tony Russo notes The company continued to evolve as a wholesale supplier to small markets during the 1940s and 1950s before hitting difficult times in the 1960s as a result of consolidation and the rise of national grocery chains The company persevered as a result of the family s hard work and willingness to work a lot of long hours Russo adds Over time Russo s as the company is now known added accounts including a six location market Russo s continued to add to its customer base beginning in the 1980s as a result of a growing local interest in food that Tony Russo attributes to the popularity of television chef Julia Child whose program aired locally on famed PBS affiliate WGBH One of the company s first and most prestigious accounts in Boston was the highly regarded Maison Robert restaurant whose mentoring and guidance Russo believes contributed most significantly to its legacy Eventually the company was able to purchase land in 1987 for a warehouse and attached retail space which opened in 1992 and 1993 respectively Russo s continues to invest in its facility with 10 million worth of building improvements made in the past few years These improvements include adding 20 000 square feet of refrigeration space and additions to the building s truck receiving area Pursuing Value Russo s retail location in Watertown Mass offers produce as well as specialty groceries We try to concentrate on offering regional merchandise providing a chance for new and proven companies to sell

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1705-russos-2 (2016-04-27)
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  • Palmetto Foodservice - Food and Drink International
    s part of the business we soldier on he adds The company is certainly no stranger to challenges having been formed in 2007 just before the Great Recession of 2008 09 Despite dealing with market factors that are beyond its control the company has added to its capabilities and customer base by focusing its efforts and concentrating on service first We are not cutting back our service we just have to be more creative and find opportunities for customers as they come about Landskroener says I believe that our customers know they have to trust us because they turn to us to get the mix they want that just takes a lot more hand holding when things are tough Quality Specialists In addition to beef and poultry Palmetto provides pork and seafood products to their customers that include some of the world s most discerning distributors Seafood is a relatively new addition to the company s portfolio as it was added following the recession in 2011 Our customer base is companies that are the foreign equivalent of a Sysco or U S Foodservice Landskroener says We live in a market segment with companies that specialize in quality and want good service from their suppliers The clients served by these distributors include five star hotels restaurants and high end caterers There s no point for a company like to work with importers that want to move volume he explains Volume driven companies are by definition very price conscious and don t look for a lot of TLC Likewise most of the larger producers that want to move volume are not set up to give the extra service that most of our customers require We go after high end niche companies within the hospitality industry Palmetto maintains close relationships with its distributor

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1701-palmetto-foodservice-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • The Nutrition Group - Food and Drink International
    expertise to overcome their challenges Our continued steady growth is evidence that our approach is successful The upcoming expansion plans are exciting and challenging Moore says A lot of things need to happen to get the job done By making communication and training a top priority we are able to ensure that our employees are knowledgeable in state regulations and company procedures In addition the company must meet the dietary guidelines set forth in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act The school cafeteria has changed significantly from 20 years ago when students had limited meal choices Today s students have many more choices Moore says Today s typical school lunch includes a selection of at least four or five entrees though many offer 10 to 15 choices and include fresh fruit and vegetables as well as specialty food bars that offer items such as potatoes and tacos he says The Nutrition Group relies on a team of buyers chefs dietitians operations specialists foodservice directors and cafeteria staff to prepare the meals for the schools they serve Competition plays a major role in being able to offer choices that students want Wagner says By increasing the number of students participating in school meals we help districts build a successful foodservice program The company has a strong marketshare in Pennsylvania where approximately 250 of the state s 500 school districts contract with food management companies The Nutrition Group manages 158 of those districts while competitors collectively manage the rest Wagner says Government mandates led to sweeping changes in cafeteria offerings The 2006 Wellness Initiative mandated by the USDA set limits on serving sizes sugars and fats that are served in the school lunches Wagner says As a company we chose to take a leadership role and draw on our greatest resource our people to stay ahead of the mandates Wagner recalls We encourage all of our on site managers to be available in the cafeterias every day to talk to students and hear their opinions on what they would like to see offered on the serving lines We know that the students have a choice so we work to offer them the foods they like as well as create new and exciting combinations while still fitting within the guidelines The company also created programs such as Wellness Wednesday and concepts including Take Nutrition Global that meet the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act guidelines and get students excited about what s offered in the cafeterias Wagner says We stay on top of the trends Moore says adding that offering popular menu choices translates into less waste In fact the food service director at each school tracks the foods that are eaten and not eaten to help create future menu offerings Moore says Members of the school s youth and parent advisory councils also recommend food choices and sample trays are provided at open houses to gauge popularity he says The Nutrition Group s significant growth over a short period of time has led

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1699-the-nutrition-group (2016-04-27)
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