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  • Maple Lodge Farms - Food and Drink International
    Farms ability to keep abreast of industry trends such as the demand for locally raised grain fed products Future plans in this regard include potentially introducing antibiotic free products McCullagh says the company considers the use of antibiotics as the hottest topic in the industry today Consistent Quality Maple Lodge Farms operates a primary and further processing facility in Brampton Ontario a primary processing facility in St Francois New Brunswick a further processing plant in Mississauga Ontario and is partnered in a joint venture operating a primary processing plant in Berwick Nova Scotia The company also operates three hatcheries in Ontario By combining hatcheries and processing facilities the company is able to closely monitor and control the quality and safety of its products The consistent quality and flavor of our products is what truly distinguishes us from our peers McCullagh notes Maple Lodge Farms enforces stringent sanitation food quality control and safety management standards in all of its facilities Good environmental controls and quality parameters all lead to our having a higher processing efficiency and ultimately better customer satisfaction McCullagh notes The company s food safety programs far exceed regulatory requirements Maple Lodge Farms has been Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point HACCP certified since 1998 and British Retail Consortium BRC certified since 2012 These certifications are recognized worldwide and are considered synonymous with the highest standards in food safety the company says By strictly utilizing the HACCP safety system BRC Global Food Safety Standard and implementing good manufacturing practices Maple Lodge Farms is able to provide customers with the assurance that our products are of high quality safe and nutritious From the Egg Up For Maple Lodge Farms quality products all start with the egg The company purchases fertile eggs from more than 40 independent family owned producers in Ontario These eggs are then incubated for 21 days in one of the company s hatcheries Chicks are transported to independent farmers for raising Our farming partners work with us to ensure we get a chicken that is wholesome and arrives on time in the right size specification McCullagh says This is the key to our delivery of a top quality product Chickens roam freely on floors covered with soft dry bedding and are given clean water and feed through feed systems and water lines that are checked daily the company says Farmers pay constant attention to the health and feeding of chickens Maple Lodge Farms farmers follow the Safe Safer Safest food safety program which includes audited on farm practices and recognition by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Maple Lodge Farms also strictly adheres to the Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry a series of strict industry guidelines developed by farm groups animal welfare groups veterinarians animal scientists federal and provincial governments related agricultural sectors and others The company works with organizations including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA Chicken Farmers of Canada CFC and Canadian Agri Food Research Council CARC to ensure its ongoing adherence

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1695-maple-lodge-farms (2016-04-27)
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  • Jensen Meat Co. - Food and Drink International
    customers to call us about co packing opportunities Olivera says Within the past three to four years we ve taken a different approach adding an internal sales staff and devoting more resources to marketing which has helped us expand our reach Quality First Jensen Meat s rapid expansion from 23 million pounds of ground beef sold in 2005 when Olivera joined the company to 65 million pounds sold in 2014 prompted it to move its manufacturing operations The company in 2013 moved from a 28 000 square foot facility in Vista Calif to a 150 000 square foot location in the Otay Mesa area of south San Diego The company is utilizing 81 000 square feet of the new space giving it room to expand even further Olivera notes The company manufactures individually quick frozen and fresh patties in different shapes lean fat ratios and sizes under both the Jensen and private label brands Jensen Meat offers three main sub brands under its own name the Jensen Legend premium brand the Original brand and the Classic brand We consider these our good better and best brands which we re really pushing on getting into local supermarkets first and then expanding Olivera says All of Jensen Meat s products are manufactured with high food safety and quality standards in mind The company is SQF Level 3 certified and was the first meat processing company in the United States to use Sanova an antimicrobial solution made up of lemon juice and salt The solution is effective in killing 99 99 percent of all pathogens Olivera notes All raw materials prior to entering Jensen Meat s facility are tested for pathogenic E coli We don t allow any raw materials into our facility that haven t been tested previously but even with that we wanted to add additional protection to our process he adds From the time we receive it in our facility we know we re getting a very clean product Jensen Meat products are made from high quality cuts of beef that are processed into patties using the company s patented ultimate fill system process which grinds the meat in a manner that creates air pockets making it juicier and more tender We pride ourselves on making the highest quality products Olivera says The company s staff is regularly trained in optimum food handling and quality techniques We pride ourselves on spending resources on properly training all of our production staff on being cognizant of food safety and quality issue he adds Our people are very proud of what they do in this company and the people behind the brand are what make it better From Ranch to Table The company continues to look at ways to improve the quality of its products while keeping abreast of market trends One trend in particular the company is mindful of is the demand for grass fed natural beef products An agreement recently reached between Jensen Meat and the Montana based nonprofit organization American

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1692-jensen-meat-co (2016-04-27)
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  • Inteplast Group - Food and Drink International
    service storage and handling The company uses high quality 100 percent virgin resins and products are designed for optimum fitness for use health safety and cost effectiveness For example packaging for Inteplast s quick dispensing Get Reddi foodservice bags is designed for ease of use and to save counter and shelf space We are quality driven ISO certified and audited by a number of third parties so the marketplace can trust in the quality of our processes products and packaging Ulrich says A robust supporter of American manufacturing Inteplast has more than 50 locations in North America encompassing manufacturing plants distribution facilities and sales offices Strong international sourcing capabilities and four locations in Asia enhance the company s global supply chain One Stop Supplier Ulrich says Inteplast has an equally strong presence with independent distributors and large distribution corporations In the end user segments we work with many of the top 100 chain accounts including leading casual dining concepts he says We have been able to introduce our customers to everything we offer under our one umbrella and demonstrate the advantages of working with us on more business Inteplast s one stop supplier solutions are a major selling point Many products can be bundled on one invoice delivering efficiency and cost savings opportunities for distributors Our goal is to make doing business with us as easy as possible says Ulrich Distributors truly appreciate our one invoice one shipment bundling capabilities End users such as restaurants are more focused on learning about product specifics and product functionality Our national sales team provides as much detail as they need When asked about Inteplast s success in growing its product lines Ulrich says We ve been able to grow certain categories organically and others by acquisition For instance for years we had a

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1691-inteplast-group (2016-04-27)
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  • Empire Brewing Company - Food and Drink International
    Butler who jumped at the chance to work with Katleski after the Syracuse born Butler met him several years ago I m a proud hometown guy and at this point in the brewing industry connecting with your home community is very important Butler says Keys to Success Katleski says success in the craft beer industry requires three things a quality product a strong brand and an exceptional distribution network The most important element is the beer itself Across the board we brew successful beers Butler says We brew crafty beers and we brew some esoteric beers as well Experimentation is crucial for developing new beer varieties and Katleski says Empire Brewing Company s brewpub location in Syracuse gives the company the perfect laboratory for testing out new beers Because we have a pub here we have a very captive audience that can give us feedback immediately he says The feedback Empire Brewing Company has received in its market has been overwhelmingly positive and Katleski says that has helped the company build a strong brand over the years It s really been the consumer that s driven us to a packaged product because of demand Katleski says I think it s time to go to the masses with our products Katleski says its long tenured staff has been the key to the consistently high quality of its beers That type of loyalty is very rare in the industry and it definitely allows us to expand with some credibility he says More to Come The growth of craft beer in the New York market has not been as fast as it has in the rest of the country However Katleski says there is good reason to believe that things will change in the coming months as many East Coast breweries are beginning

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1688-empire-brewing-company (2016-04-27)
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  • Culver Duck Farms - Food and Drink International
    then to the company s currently location in Middlebury Ind in 1970 Culver was the fourth generation in the duck business and his daughter Julie Culver Rouch is the fifth generation currently involved with the business Pedigreed Pekin Duck The first Pekin Duck arrived in New York in 1857 from China only six ducks survived the voyage Through his own study of the Pekin breed Culver was the first to use straight genetics increasing the number of good breeding ducks His research lead to the pedigreed Pekin duck bred for better disease resistance early maturity feed conversion weight and meat Culver Duck Farms continues to devote a lot of time at its home farm to continue the research and development of breeding lean ducks Culver Duck Farms prides itself on raising all natural ducks and only the leanest ducks are selected for their breeding program The company s target customers are Asian grocery store and restaurant owners Asians among many others consider duck to be a healthy choice rich in Omega 3 We specialize in the Asian market because our lean duck is what is most appealing to them Rouch explains Culver Duck Farms is located in the heart of Amish country producing more than six million ducks annually and employs about 250 people The company hires people who are able to withstand the challenges that are present with processing poultry If employees are willing to stick with it they can find that Culver Duck Farms is a satisfying place to work Rouch says Increasing Efficiency The duck industry is still very much a hands on process compared to the chicken industry in terms of the latest technology Rouch says It is an industry of very few companies there are only six in the United States Culver Duck Farms automated

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1687-culver-duck-farms (2016-04-27)
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  • Ace Coffee Bar Inc. - Food and Drink International
    Today Ace Coffee Bar serves a very eclectic customer base that includes community colleges hospitals business and industry and government accounts Sweeney says vending sales make up the largest portion of the company s revenue but its coffee and foodservice divisions are successful enough to stand on their own Fresh Foods Ace Coffee Bar s vending division is one of the most successful in the country Cavitt says that s due in large part to the fact that when people buy a snack or a cup of coffee from one of the company s machines they know they re not getting something that s been sitting in the machine for a long time Ace turns its warehouse inventory four times a month More importantly the company has its own bakery and commissary so it can guarantee the freshness of all of the items in its machines as well as the quality of its ingredients Whereas its competitors mainly purchase premade packaged goods Ace Coffee Bar offers its customers more All the food that we prepare is made from scratch Sweeney says Cavitt says the company also roasts its own coffee which means the beans are less than three weeks old before they are put in its coffee machines The coffee delivered to Ace s office coffee customers is equally fresh Along with the superior product the company offers Sweeney says Ace Coffee Bar also finds success through its customer centric culture which he says takes no customer for granted and never tells them no Rather than tell customers that they can t get exactly what they want Ace Coffee Bar works to figure out how to deliver what they ask for without exception We re never trying to shove square pegs into round holes around here Sweeney says Cavitt says one of the biggest factors in the company s ability to meet its clients needs is the fact that Ace Coffee Bar has three locations covering 25 counties She says this makes it easier for the company to reach customers with the freshest product and the right product mix Community Commitment Ace Coffee Bar is committed to serving the community in other ways as well Sweeney says the company donates unsold food from its various divisions to local homeless shelters and food banks The company produces nearly 12 000 food items every day he says Not all of that food is sold meaning Ace Coffee Bar makes a significant contribution to the area s needy Ace Coffee Bar through its various divisions and sister companies also donates a significant amount of its profits to various cancer charities in honor of Cavitt s mother Elizabeth Growth Mode One of the biggest challenges for Ace Coffee Bar is dealing with price pressures Sweeney says Although suppliers have been raising their own prices for a while now a penny per unit here and two pennies there Ace Coffee Bar has to absorb those cost increases because raising its own prices on vending machine

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1678-ace-coffee-bar-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • Star International Holdings Inc. - Food and Drink International
    of interest in the latest and greatest technology such as panini grills waterless hot holding and high speed toasters which is primarily what we re known for Kearins says Being a Partner Kearins joined Star International in March 2014 My background is in general management and finance he says He credits the company s success to its products and Middleby Corp s push for leading cutting edge technology Middleby s innovativeness and technology are unparalleled in the industry For example Star has pioneered the technology of countertop cooking equipment from the standpoint of lower energy cleaning and faster cycle times he says noting that these products are widely used by many national chains Under Kearins tenure Star International has essentially adapted a new company vision of intertwining the customer s needs and over delivering on concepts and prototypes This makes for a very busy and sometimes stressed out engineering department he says We ve got to be more of a partner with our dealers reps and consultants to be more of a solution to their cooking challenges So far We ve done a fantastic job of that and it s showing product wise he says We re working with several high profile chains in the areas of advanced technology toasting and customer solutions that are unique to them Quality Investments Star International concentrates on maintaining quality which has earned it an ISO certification Kearins says Its quality investments have included testing equipment fixtures while they are not at the end of the manufacturing line but in the line he says Because by the time something gets at the end of the line that s incorrectly made it s too late Its recent state of the art manufacturing investments have allowed Star International to considerably ramp up much needed production and increase its lead time to customers due to a much more flexible and automated fabrication area It recently added a new fiber optic laser a bender and a deburring machine All three machines ultimately improve the quality of the product exponentially because it s all automated he says There is no human factor that you might have in a press brake Star International has begun training its employees in the concepts of lean manufacturing We hope to be fairly well into the implementation by the end of the year as far as incorporating some of the lean principles he says We re already starting to see some payback on a few principles We ve trained our folks that product quality is just not building the product right but maintaining lean principles such as recordkeeping and partnering with our suppliers These are just a few of the items that contribute to the quality of the final product Kearins says Also essential are the proper working conditions that enable the employee to work in a safe environment We re upgrading our entire lighting and several key assembly fixtures so all they have to focus on are the tasks at hand Star International

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1647-star-international-holdings-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • Profile Food Ingredients - Food and Drink International
    developing something that won t hit the market for a year and a half from now he continues A lot of the work pays off down the road The challenge there is making sure we re moving and working with each of the customers The company also has to work with food laws that are restrictive and antiquated Benic adds We struggle with those he admits It makes it difficult to work with many of the new innovations and new ideas Fortunately We have some very good relationships with our vendors that have allowed us to get through times when the market is in a big flux Custom Work PFI has kept up with the desire for healthier more nutritional products in the market People have been moving away from using the Greek name but staying with high protein claims he says We ve been on the forefront of that application for years The company also has concentrated on adding more fiber However It is creating production challenges where the manufacturer finds it a little tougher to make their products so they hold up during processing he says To adjust We work individually with these customers to develop and work within their parameters All the manufacturers have a different method to making their products Rarely can PFI take a product it has developed for one customer and take it to another It is almost a custom developed system every time Benic says That s something that has singled us out Safe and Certified PFI has earned several industry accreditations including being kosher halal and organic certified We re also European Union certified he says and a grade A manufacturing plant He adds that safety has not passed the company by We are SQF certified he says noting that PFI follows the stringent rules of the Global Food Safety Organization It requires piles and piles of documentation and repeat training for our employees We have four members here alone who are certified auditors and practitioners of food safety he explains noting that the company has avoided food recalls due to safety That is because we follow the guidelines and we believe in them An Open Door Environment As a small privately held company PFI maintains a close environment Benic says We have an open door policy Everybody and anybody is accessible here We don t discourage people from having contact with anybody from any different department One of the reasons we like the small company structure is we can take care of our employees much better We can help them out when they have their problems he continues We want to make sure everybody s family is fed and taken care of PFI also has a team atmosphere There s a lot of people here willing to wear different hats he says They don t have a It s not my job so don t bother me with it attitude The environment s very nice in that respect Key Associates Benic

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1643-profile-food-ingredients (2016-04-27)
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