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  • Blue Mountain Growers - Food and Drink International
    atmosphere facilities three cold storage facilities a prune and plum shed an apple line and a state of the art cherry line BMG CEO Justin Brunson explains how the company increased its cherry output from 2 7 million pounds last year to 8 6 million pounds in 2012 We tripled our production of cherries because we have a state of the art cherry line that we were operating only at 25 to 30 percent capacity he says We needed to increase capacity and increase the critical mass coming through the line which we did adding just a handful of new growers The BMG facility is running close to full capacity now accommodating the growth the company wanted We have three Red Pearl sizers and we are able to run five tons to the hour per machine so 15 tons per hour through the three machines Brunson explains The Red Pearl Optical sizers can gently process the more delicate varieties of cherries such as the Rainier variety with a special air cushion system This technology ensures proper sorting and quality control The sizer takes photos of each cherry and determines the size and whether or not is soft and if they have the correct color Brunson explains The computer determines the box where they should be placed based on the size The machines are made of stainless steel and have internal hydrocoolers to keep the cherries at near 34 degrees Fahrenheit the optimum temperature to prevent the fruit from decaying too fast Cherries begin to degrade as soon as they re picked Brunson says It s very important to keep them cool to ensure their quality upon arrival at the final market To preserve the cherries high quality the exported crops are air shipped to Asia in refrigerated cargo containers We

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1226-blue-mountain-growers (2016-04-27)
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  • Best Mexican Foods - Food and Drink International
    for corn flour and other varieties of the staple item Best Mexican s total fleet of 10 trucks primarily serves Mexican restaurants in New York as well as New Jersey Connecticut and eastern Pennsylvania The company offers products including tortillas beans cheeses chiles chips meats produce rice and tamales and also distributes Jarritos Mexico s first native soft drink brand The company two years ago started offering fresh desserts In addition to food the company distributes restaurant supplies including bar supplies take out packages condiments and cleaning products Although all of Best Mexican s products and services are geared specifically toward Mexican restaurants the company also serves diners pubs and other establishments Barbone says All products have the Barbones personal seal of approval when it comes to quality We don t just carry any kind of product we have to be excited about the products that come here and personally enjoy them otherwise we just won t carry them Dan Barbone says If we carry a product that means we are endorsing it and we don t take that lightly Service First In addition to offering quality products Best Mexican also prides itself on the level of service it offers to restaurants Although the company s core mission has not changed during its more than 40 years of business the expectations of its customers and the technology used to accomplish those goals have evolved greatly Barbone says Over the years we ve strived to fine tune our procedures and systems to enjoy growth even during this most recent soft economy he adds Best Mexican runs close to a 24 hour a day operation and uses a tightly controlled routing system to ensure timely delivery The company serves an average of 120 accounts daily covering approximately 2 200 miles daily Customers

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1225-best-mexican-foods (2016-04-27)
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  • Bernatello’s Foods - Food and Drink International
    distribution system it had used since its founding in 1982 with direct store delivery Roma at that time had 13 route direct store deliveries Ramsay explains We did a comparison of the warehouse distribution versus the direct store delivery and made a decision to go exclusively with direct delivery Every time Bernatello s purchases a company it expands its family of products and adopts new manufacturing facilities and crust baking methods We have an excellent Bellatoria garlic cheese bread that came to us from the Roma acquisition Ramsay says It s not your typical frozen bread it s covered with cheese and heavy on garlic butter It is a product that does very well Bernatello s most recent acquisition was in February with the purchase of Five Star Foods the manufacturer of Orv s pizza in Kaukauna Wis The reason for this acquisition is that they were strong where we were weaker like in the Wisconsin market Ramsay explains And we are strong in the Minnesota market where they were weaker so we have a solid presence in both states now The Orv s brand also expands the Bernatello s product assortment with the addition of two higher end products the premium brand Borbellos and a rising crust pizza We had never had a product in the rising dough category so it expanded our product lineup in that segment Ramsay says The Five Star Foods acquisition included a bakery with a process of manufacturing crust that was new to Bernatello s Stiff Competition The company has seen consistent 14 percent profit increases for the past five years Unfortunately our product historically prospers in negative economic times Ramsay explains When things are going well people eat T bone steaks and porterhouses but when things are tougher they eat sirloin and chuck

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1224-bernatellos-foods (2016-04-27)
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  • Giant Snacks - Food and Drink International
    not in the business of producing regular sized sunflower seeds We have specific hybrid sunflower seeds that the farmers have to use when they plant our product so we can get a consistent high quality sunflower seed Schuler says Branching out into other products the company introduced pumpkin seeds a year and a half ago In the spirit of large products the company found a variety that fit its name We found a jumbo variety of pumpkin seed that we were able to source Schuler explains It s a large pumpkin seed with more meat and it will be a great addition to our larger sized sunflower seeds Three months ago the company also introduced a corn snack that is larger and softer than traditional corn We worked directly with the original developer of this particular product Dr Shaver out in California who was able to come up with a larger corn kernel Schuler explains The new products have been well received in the market and the company has numerous testimonials on its website attesting to the clients appreciation for the products Accommodating Growth Giant Snacks was founded in 1995 with two salespeople and two distributors nationwide Today the company has more than 40 employees and a network of 200 distributors throughout the United States The market has grown for many different reasons according to Schuler The population has grown but also the increase of people with nut allergies peanut allergies in particular have grown tremendously since 1995 he says That increase in peanut allergies has steered consumers to other healthy seeds and nuts which has benefited Giant Snacks The growth has been great Schuler says We ve been in business for eight years and we ve grown 50 percent per year Giant Snacks needed space to accommodate that rapid

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/1198-giant-snacks (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    company after the state that knew a thing or two about meat Read more Article by Chris Petersen Distributors 30 January 2012 Milne Fruit Products Inc It doesn t matter whether a recipe is executed flawlessly if the flavor isn t there A food manufacturer can have the most advanced equipment the most effective distribution and the most attractive packaging but it likely won t mean anything if its products don t have authentic flavor For 55 years Washington s Milne Fruit Products Inc has been providing the food industry with the fruit ingredients people love making it one of the industry s most important partners Read more Article by Jamie Morgan Distributors 30 January 2012 Mastronardi Produce When it comes to its process Mastronardi is consistently green but the products it produces come in a variety of colors such as orange red yellow and brown When it comes to taste its products are even more diverse Mastronardi really created the strategy of branding tomatoes says Paul Mastronardi president of the family owned business No one was branding and putting flavor into tomatoes Read more Article by Russ Gager Distributors 30 January 2012 J J Taylor Distributing Co of Minnesota Inc J J Taylor Distributing Co of Minnesota Inc is just completing its 25th year which President Mike Bamonti attributes to the efforts of its founder and employees It s good guidance from John Taylor his leadership and the vision that he set for the company Bamonti emphasizes Our core value is to be a first choice distributor for our employees our retail partners and our suppliers Read more Article by Alan Dorich Distributors 30 January 2012 Ingredient Innovations For Ingredient Innovations working closely with clients is essential founder Roxanne Armstrong says It is all about relationships she declares I

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=104 (2016-04-27)
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  • Columbia Distributing - Food and Drink International
    new brands and in the organic and health conscious drinks Christiansen says Selecting a Product Columbia Distributing works diligently to develop new products Our company s success is based on identifying and developing brands and categories Christiansen emphasizes We re always on the search for products that have potential growth We do two things we research and we meet with new suppliers and evaluate the potential of their products Products must meet the needs of customers to be distributed by Colum bia We have a lot of brands that are low volume but fit within certain customer criteria and our portfolio requirements Christiansen says We are a big house so some brands make sense for us and for other brands it s more logical for the supplier to work closely with a smaller distributor that focuses on a defined target group of retailers So when we see brands like that we support a third distributor in the market that handles these types of beverages We want to see the industry grow therefore we don t take a brand on just to keep it To maintain awareness among customers Columbia Distributing devotes significant funds for promotion marketing and special events Beer and Wine Sales of domestic vs craft beers are growing in an inverse ratio at Columbia Domestic beer driven by the distributor s largest supplier partner Miller Coors accounts for 53 percent of annual beer sales and craft beer accounts for 25 percent The beer industry is somewhat soft right now Christiansen concedes We ve seen some negative volume trends the last couple of years but we are experiencing growth in the craft beer industry The less expensive beers are showing some of the largest declines he reports With craft beer growing and the imports somewhat stable there s been

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors/599-columbia-distributing (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    Salgado Distributors 10 November 2011 Brick Brewing Co Limited George Croft believes an organization can operate only as swiftly as its management team Croft and his newly acquired leadership team hit the ground running in 2008 and very quickly lifted Brick Brewing Co Limited from a strong regional player to a nationwide distributor of beer and ready to drink RTD beverages in addition to its already established co pack business with Canada Dry Mott s Inc and Loblaw Read more Article by Chris Petersen Distributors 06 August 2011 Milne Fruit Products Inc It doesn t matter whether a recipe is executed flawlessly if the flavor isn t there A food manufacturer can have the most advanced equipment the most effective distribution and the most attractive packaging but it likely won t mean anything if its products don t have authentic flavor For 55 years Washington s Milne Fruit Products Inc has been providing the food industry with the fruit ingredients people love making it one of the industry s most important partners Read more Article by Kathryn Jones Distributors 06 August 2011 Lancaster Foods LLC When John and Dave Gates started Lancaster Foods LLC more than 20 years ago they had only one truck serving a small customer base in Pennsylvania But when Lancaster Foods was acquired by Guest Services Inc a private hospitality management company based in Fairfax Va in 1992 it gained the resources it needed to expand its business Today Lancaster Foods fleet exceeds 90 trucks and its customer base stretches across the entire Eastern Seaboard Despite the Jessup Md company s growth and success one thing has remained the same its commitment to quality and service says Jerry Chadwick vice president of sales marketing and business development Read more Article by Kate Burrows Distributors 06 August

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=160 (2016-04-27)
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  • Distributors - Food and Drink International
    rocky start because of the recent economic downturn Formed in 2007 by Landskroener and a partner Palmetto Foodservice represented a new beginning for the partners after spending many years with another distributor but that new beginning was a little shaky at first Read more Article by Brian Salgado Distributors 30 January 2012 Iowa Steak Co It didn t take long for Chris Maselka to become fed up earlier in his career when he was asked to sell inferior brands of steak at high end prices I d worked at other companies in the same exact field and they were insistent on selling inferior products Maselka says I always knew that if I could get good choice beef I could sell for years and years and years Read more Article by Russ Gager Distributors 30 January 2012 Favorite Foods Inc Innovation has been the lifeblood of Favorite Foods whether it is marketing an association of its restaurant customers to consumers introducing innovative new products to customers at its annual food show burning biodiesel in its leased delivery trucks leasing its warehouse space or overcoming the winter slump by supplying schools Read more Article by Alan Dorich Distributors 30 January 2012 AHD International LLC For some the names of AHD International LLC s offerings may not be immediately familiar but the final products that they are used in are quite common and easily recognizable Based in Atlanta the company is a natural ingredient supplier that is on the cutting edge of the food and beverage marketplace says Steve Gallo general manager of AHD s food and beverage ingredient division Read more Article by Russ Gager Distributors 02 December 2011 The Fresh Network LLC Salinas Calif the salad bowl of the United States made famous by novelist John Steinbeck in East of Eden

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/distributors?start=112 (2016-04-27)
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