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  • Champion Produce Sales Inc. - Food and Drink International
    traded vegetable product globally cooked in every national food around the planet It is used in pretty much every ethnic food and world cuisine from hamburger to pizza Mexican or Asian dishes Wong declares It is a perfect ingredient loaded with nutrients fiber and flavor Although the company distributes year round with the help of refrigeration the onion season in Idaho and Utah runs eight and a half months Champion Produce Sales grows yellow white and red onions During the summer months onions are grown and shipped from California Wong s grandfather Ed started farming onions in Idaho in 1946 followed by his son Ralph who entered the business in the late 1950s Current owner John Wong began onion farming in 1984 and his son Tanner joined the business in 2012 Onions have always been a family passion Wong states With growth there was a natural progression toward vertical integration from the farm to packaging and sales That is one thing that is different about us When companies buy onions from Champion Produce Sales they are buying them directly from the farm source Wong and Vice President of Sales Dwayne Fisher are expanding the business through networking Their longevity in the business has been a benefit as their well known names and reputation for quality over the decades have led to more business The company is currently updating it website The new site will include better images and more information It will be more pleasing to the eye to take our customers through our business so they can better understand who we are and what we do Wong says Champion s customer base is primarily foodservice restaurants and retail The farms produce crops on 8 000 acres in Idaho and Utah Combining decades of packaging expertise with generations of growing experience makes us the recognized leader in onions Champion Produce Sales says State of the art harvesting and packaging equipment and industry leading stringent food safety practices allow us to grow and pack the highest quality produce in the industry The company ships more than 100 semi loads per week This is a fairly typical amount for the company whose volume has grown 5 percent per year Wong says this success results from our focus on quality freshness and delivering to our customers needs The company recently began using an optical size sorter for greater efficiency This assists us in producing a high grade pack for our customers Wong explains The sorter in conjunction with hand selection and computerized palletization of product allows for well stacked product to avoid spills and transportation difficulties We package from the smallest at a two pound mesh consumer bag to the largest at a 2 000 pound mesh tote though most commonly package in 25 and 50 pound bags and cartons Wong says Champion Produce Sales also handles transportation needs Whether it is by truck or rail we can deliver the company says Keeping pace with regulations and updating technology are two top priorities

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1595-champion-produce-sales-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • Southern Wine & Spirits - Food and Drink International
    equipment Sullivan says Before the change the company used the same model of truck in every market Because the driving conditions can be vastly different from market to market Southern Wine Spirits developed a specific set of criteria for each market to allow the company to choose the right truck for each situation Additionally the company examined what its drivers needed to create a more comfortable and safe driving environment and selected equipment based on those criteria as well Sullivan says the changes range from air rides for a smoother ride to orange seat belts for enhanced visibility Driver retention is very important for Southern Wine Spirits and so it has done everything it can to ensure they have the best equipment possible We ve changed a million things in the trucks Sullivan says We wanted to provide our drivers with the safest most productive equipment at the lowest possible cost In addition the company has hired two full time safety and compliance professionals to monitor the fleet and ensure the company puts vehicles on the road that are always safe and productive Sullivan says Specialized Service Along with the benefits in terms of equipment and driver retention taking fleet management in house also has made it easier for Southern Wine Spirits to provide customized service to its customers Unlike many other industries alcoholic beverage distribution is complicated by the fact that the product cannot travel across state lines and each state has its own regulations regarding liquor licenses In New York for example no single entity can have more than three licenses meaning Southern Wine Spirits has to make far more deliveries than in California where it can deliver huge orders to customers distribution centers to be dispersed to individual stores By building its fleets to meet the specific

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1570-southern-wine-a-spirits (2016-04-27)
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  • National Produce Consultants - Food and Drink International
    really taken off over the past four years since we have taken our Produce Cost Management System into a web based environment Dyess Mam notes Our technology truly is what separates us and gives end users that peace of mind they need at the end of the day that their costs are being managed Its National Produce Connection System for example offers NPC clients additional customized reporting of electronic invoicing and provides online ordering capabilities The system also records audit reports from third party food consulting groups that NPC retains to promote food safety due diligence with its supply and distribution partners In addition the platform features a Produce Alert Safety System which has the ability to automatically contact hundreds of restaurants within 30 seconds of a government issued food safety recall It s a great platform and incredibly quick Dyess Mam says Time is crucial when dealing with food safety so the faster we get the message to the restaurants the faster they can take the necessary action to protect their brand NPC has been investing heavily in research and development to continually enhance and develop new proprietary software Dyess Mam says the company is scheduled to release a new system within the year but could not offer any more details other than that it will be another added benefit for its clients Our customers have full visibility with our software systems at their fingertips she adds Information is powerful to making educated decisions NPC is evolving to stay ahead of the curve in information technology We are working on ways to capture live information and that will be announced down the road We have a lot of detail and algorithms that separate what we are doing from other programs out there Maintaining Communication NPC believes in keeping the lines of communication open not only between itself and its clients but also between end users and its suppliers Our objective is to introduce key purchasing personnel to a vast list of supplier partners and complete that supply chain process from farm to fork by engaging them with the contracted grower packers of the product they utilize every day Dyess Mam explains The company develops a complete supply chain for its clients based around their individual needs and works with a variety of suppliers across the country including the support of local organic farming Our staff of 25 in Plano prides ourselves on dedicated communication with our customers on an ongoing basis which in turn promotes long term relationships Dyess Mam adds Our clientele is heavily involved in renegotiating their contracts with us every year and customizing a fresh produce program that works for them NPC recognizes that each of our customers have different needs so we work actively to be flexible to bend with their needs and help them fully customize a fresh produce program they can put their stamp on A large part of NPC s communication with its clients is making sure they are fully educated on

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1564-national-produce-consultants (2016-04-27)
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  • JBS USA - Food and Drink International
    as grocery store chains wholesale clubs and other retail distributors and foodservice customers This includes foodservice distributors further processors and chain restaurants It also produces and sells by products derived from its meat processing operations such as hides and variety meats to customers in the clothing pet food and automotive industries among others Each customer seeks different quality attributes and our role is to meet the discerning needs of a diverse customer base Wagner says JBS USA is unique in its focus on international markets The company is able to have an incredible focus on selling the right products at the right price to the right markets at the right time Its origins in Brazil are what give the company this focus We have an extraordinary team of passionate professionals across the globe with direct experience in all of the major markets Wagner says No other company is as well positioned both from a production footprint and international market intelligence standpoint to meet the protein needs of the global consumer Among the most significant trends JBS USA has seen in the last few years has been tremendous growth in protein consumption in Asia and in developing markets As incomes rise consumers improve their diets and increase protein consumption This trend will continue as global population growth increases and incomes rise We have strategically positioned the company to invest in areas around the globe where efficient scalable protein production is feasible Wagner says From these platforms we are uniquely positioned to meet global protein demand growth Positioned for the Future Since the company s entry into the U S market it believes it has made tremendous investments in the essential elements of its business Wagner says these essential elements are its people and facilities The company has acquired many facilities over the years and many of those facilities had been starved from capital investment and a lack of focus We immediately changed this investing more in our facilities than any other company in our industry over the last six years Wagner says These investments have improved the performance of our operations and created safer more efficient environments for our team members In addition these investments positioned the company to be able to create innovative products that address customer demand Beyond that investments in the company s environmental programs and associated facilities including waste water and rendering have improved its stewardship efforts and allowed the company to be a better neighbor to the communities in which it lives and works One recent sustainability initiative was announced this summer when Blue Earth signed an energy purchase agreement and land lease agreement with JBS Food Canada Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS USA The partnership will oversee the development of a 29 million co generation power facility that will supply electricity for JBS s protein processing plant as well as thermal energy from the waste heat of the turbine As the company seeks its best prospects and opportunities for growth in the next

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1560-jbs-usa (2016-04-27)
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  • A&J Produce Corp. - Food and Drink International
    include the entire range of fresh fruits and vegetables both conventional and organic The vegetable department sources from around the world Products it sells originate in the United States Europe Mexico and even Central and South America All the major products are provided on a year round basis The company also has become an important supplier of all of the major categories of fruit from around the world Cherries grapes pears citrus apples and peaches are just some of the fruit that A J provides It prides itself on having the freshest fruit from some of the best growers in the world A J Produce also carries a full variety of some of the best mushrooms in the world With products originating from Pennsylvania to Canada and upstate New York A J Produce provides consistent service and goods at the best possible price A J s core values are integrity teamwork open and honest communication and being client and customer centered the company says It has been a Blue Book Trading member since 1987 and a winner of the Red Book Business Character Award Hunts Point The history and growth of A J Produce Corp is inextricably intertwined with that of the Hunts Point Terminal Market which says it is the largest wholesale produce market in the world Located in the Hunts Point region of the Bronx on 113 acres of property the market includes approximately 1 million square feet of interior space It offers a diverse selection of fruit and vegetables from around the globe delivered fresh daily by plane boat rail and tractor trailer from 49 states and 55 countries Through the years Hunts Point Terminal Market has maintained the traditions of its predecessors We uphold traditions of excellence quality hard work and family the market says Some

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1543-aaj-produce-corp (2016-04-27)
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  • Professional Produce - Food and Drink International
    the transport of potatoes by railcar to Los Angeles Through much determination she worked closely with the Mayor of Los Angeles and Union Pacific In 1912 she opened up her first produce house on what was then the 9th Street produce market Over time the operation grew and by 1965 Kaplan Fruit and Produce had become one of the largest distributors of produce in Los Angeles Kaplan s father Milt grew up in the produce world only taking time off from the family business to serve in World War II Eventually he started his own produce distribution company to serve the Southwest Ted Kaplan started Professional Produce in 1994 and his father continues to work six days a week with the company Around the World Professional Produce has established partnerships with growers in California Arizona Florida Mexico South America and even New Zealand to provide its customers with fresh produce all year long The company s offerings range from chili peppers and cabbage to mangoes and limes The company also provides repackaging for fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and citrus Its distribution network reaches points in the United States including Anchorage Alaska and New York City as well as international customers in places such as Japan South Korea and the United Kingdom The competition in the wholesale distribution market is intense and it helps Professional Produce to have a strong culture of customer service Sales Manager Alexander Ersoff says being attentive to customers needs and working closely with them can mean more to customers than simply offering a lower price This business is a nickel and dime business so at some point it s not going to be about the price because prices are fairly similar he says I think that s the real benefit of what we do because we really try to focus on what our customers needs are Kaplan says Safe and Sound Another way in which Professional Produce works to set itself apart from the competition is through its food safety measures We ve always been on the forefront of food safety and traceability Kaplan explains but the company has taken steps to improve its performance in that area even further For example the company has initiated a program to achieve full SQF certification from the Safe Quality Food Institute covered under the Global Food Safety Initiative which includes new protocols for how produce is handled and a complete redesign of the company s warehouse space Kaplan says the new warehouse layout will improve the company s traceability for every single fruit and vegetable that passes through its facilities This initiative also includes an extensive training program to ensure every employee within the company knows what is expected of them Everybody in the company from A to Z has to know the program Kaplan says As consumers become more conscious about where their food comes from retailers need to be able to give them the peace of mind that comes from knowing that every item

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1527-professional-produce (2016-04-27)
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  • Produce Alliance LLC - Food and Drink International
    trucks and delivery drivers Each member offers an integrated computerized inventory and product pricing system as well as online order entry All Produce Alliance members are required to meet and maintain high company standards Our established criteria in service safety and integrity are qualities you depend on from your produce supplier the organization adds Superior Access Produce Alliance s members own more than 60 facilities and purchase more than 25 million packages of fresh produce annually That kind of buying power allows us to leverage our volume to obtain the absolute best prices available the organization adds Our longstanding agreements with a diverse base of growers also enable us to guarantee a constant supply of the highest quality fresh produce packed under the strictest safety standards The organization has long term contractual relationships with more than 400 produce growers These relationships enable us to enjoy superior access to fresh produce supply commodity expertise and new product innovations for the foodservice industry Produce Alliance says Meeting Varied Needs The organization s group of produce specialists works closely with foodservice operators ranging in size from large multi unit national operators to regional independent restaurant groups Produce Alliance s network of produce specialists can design a program geared to an operator s individual needs We ensure program consistency from one market to the next and from one location to the next and allow operators to establish monitor and control their produce requirements from field to table the organization says Our national marketing managers profile every customer and offer customized programs to meet the demanding needs of today s foodservice operator The organization also invests heavily in business processes and systems that provide information services to customers These services are delivered in the most efficient and flexible way available Produce Alliance says We customize

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1526-produce-alliance-llc (2016-04-27)
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  • Grindmaster-Cecilware - Food and Drink International
    of our new introductions have been products designed for a specific use of a customer Our customers work directly with our engineers and contribute to a large extent to the innovation we put into our equipment Attention to detail is a key requirement for the company s engineering initiatives Vice President of Engineering Jose Avendano says Our engineering department executes extensive testing during our product development cycle to ensure that concerns are addressed prior to launching a product to the marketplace he adds Test plans are tabulated and predefined and the test plans only get more robust as new products and projects are executed The engineering department s policies and procedures have been vital in securing Nestle s preferred supplier status as well as the company s ISO 9000 certification Equipment Excellence To provide its customers with exactly what they want Grindmaster Cecilware relies heavily on its research and development teams located in Louisville and Bangkok Thailand The two locations actively research new equipment and technologies and reinvent equipment to provide new options for beverage dispensing We are constantly innovating with new equipment that serves the changing needs of the customer Ibrahim notes After the product is developed by the research and development teams one of Grindmaster Cecilware s three manufacturing plants in Louisville Bangkok or Northbrook Ill begins building the product The company s manufacturing facilities in Louisville and Bangkok are both ISO 9001 certified which Ibrahim says keeps its facilities disciplined and on the cutting edge of manufacturing methods We also go through inspections by some of our larger customers who have more rigorous demands he adds The products developed at Grindmaster Cecilware are very technically advanced The end user sees only one button or a touch screen that dispenses the selected beverage when pressed There is a whole process that happens behind the scenes Ibrahim says There are sophisticated controls that are constantly changing because the electronic industry is constantly evolving Newer technology is always being utilized in its products For example the company is switching from fluorescent to LED lighting for the display backlighting on its products because it s more energy efficient and leaves a green footprint We understand that if our success is to continue we must always be a good corporate citizen the company says This means operating appropriately and responsibly in many ways from minimizing our impact on the environment to preserving a culture that expresses our commitment and support to our employees their families and the communities where we live and operate Grindmaster Cecilware s goals are to reduce its use of natural resources and its production of solid waste maintain recycling initiatives in every area of operation and continue research and engineering initiatives to create energy efficiency and sustainability in all product lines Because of the product complexities training is a large part of the Grindmaster Cecilware culture Every employee is trained in house and those programs provide them with opportunities to advance within the company The sales team is

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1514-grindmaster-cecilware (2016-04-27)
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