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  • Whitlock Packaging - Food and Drink International
    energy drinks juice box lines and gallon jug lines In New Jersey and Florida it has 64 ounce hot fill lines The business dates back to 1980 when Jerry Whitlock along with other investors acquired a small one line canning operation By 1987 Whitlock had acquired all of the operation s shares and began expanding to what the company is today Recently we ve enhanced our plastic bottle capabilities with new sizes and shapes we added shrink labels because of growing demand and we ve enhanced our juice box capabilities Guidry says We re also doing more of premium versions of what we do now About 60 percent of our operation covers ready to drink teas and juices but we ve improved our capabilities so we can do more premium versions of what we already do Flexibility and Agility Consumers are trading up to more premium products Guidry explains noting they want better ingredients higher juice content and more exotic ingredients in their beverages It goes without saying he adds that quality is important in the premium market but quality is paramount to Whitlock Packaging regardless of the market it serves Quality is every day but our customers have fluctuating demand and we help them meet those fluctuations as often as possible Guidry says That is where our value lies You have to have quality just to be in this game and we meet the highest standards of the Global Food Initiative All of our facilities are SQF3 certified which is the highest rating there is Whitlock Packaging takes pride in its flexibility and agility which it combines with a comprehensive capability list to best serve its customers The company produces teas diet teas and other diet drinks juice drinks nectars waters water beverages energy drinks isotonics sports drinks smoothies

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1624-whitlock-packaging-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Whaley Foodservice Inc. - Food and Drink International
    the United States Whaley adds Although Whaley Foodservice constantly looks for new ideas to take to market its values stay constant General Manager Linda Williams says We strive to provide superior customer service in whatever we do Sharp Service Whaley is proud of the company s team of technicians which have an average tenure of 15 years We try to recruit the sharpest minds out there he says noting that its team includes over 160 technicians many of which are CFESA Commercial Food Equipment Service Association Master Certified Technicians As a matter of fact in 2014 Whaley was awarded the opportunity to send one of its technicians to Germany for Rational training Whaley s team is also provided with continuous training programs We invest in our employees on a daily basis by offering custom built online courses as well as specifically designed training modules Wells explains Whaley Foodservice also backs its skilled staff with state of the art equipment including remote field service tablets When its technicians are on a job site They can look at all the customers information including equipment history and pertinent schematics Whaley describes We basically give them the technology at their fingertips Whaley uses the same advanced technology on the parts side of the business as well Whaley Parts Supply has a state of the art web store where customers can access wiring diagrams parts breakdowns and see available inventory in real time We also have a chat feature if someone is on line and wants to chat with one of our service representatives Whaley also pioneered the idea of having a savvy Technical Support Team that consists of actual field technicians to answer questions identify parts and help customers troubleshoot Whaley Parts Supply has a very broad base of stock items and a high

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1623-whaley-foodservice-inc (2016-04-27)
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  • West Liberty Foods LLC - Food and Drink International
    says Michael Quint vice president and chief customer officer It is going very well It is a step by step process The addition was necessary because the other plants were running at full capacity six to seven days per week This will allow us to rebalance our other facilities Garrett says That in turn will allow for greater success for its private label foodservice and co packing businesses Food Safety West Liberty Foods focus on food safety is second to none In fact it holds a patent for its clean room food processing system that reduces the likelihood that pathogens will be able to enter the food processing facility or spread should they be able to enter The patented facilities include a number of separate rooms for processing food products each with its own processing lines air handling systems drain systems supplies and tools Different air pressures within the various areas of the facility limit the possible movement of airborne food pathogens and sanitizing stations are in place between the various areas of the facility The food safety processes make the entire company better says Gerald Lessard vice president and chief operating officer We respond to any customer concerns very quickly I think we are pretty darn nimble with a rapid decision making process This is a dynamic fast paced organization Food safety has become a bigger part of the equation he explains Our patented clean cell technology has been in play since 2003 From a slicing perspective it is very important to West Liberty Foods Cleaner Labels A top industry trend that impacts West Liberty Foods has been the continuing drive to improve the quality of products with cleaner labels Ingredients that were common three four and five years ago have been removed and antibiotic free offerings are now available Our customers have asked us to do better and provide healthier deli meat and grilled products with clean labels so that has been a big push for us Garrett says West Liberty Foods has enlisted the help of their five High Pressure Pasteurization HPP systems to create cleaner labeled products HPP is a non thermal process that provides enhanced food safety and a longer shelf life of products while reducing dependence on preservatives This process uses water under very high hydrostatic pressure that destroys harmful food bacteria while maintaining fresh food characteristics such as flavor nutrients and nutritional value The ability to HPP both retail and foodservice products allows for an added level of enhanced service and value to their customers Less Landfill West Liberty Foods has won accolades for its landfill free program under which less than 1 percent of waste is sent to landfills It is among the first companies in the United States to have the landfill diversion efforts at its plants verified by NSF International Strategic Registrations a major milestone in the food industry The company does so to help the environment When performing its latest landfill free audit the company evaluated how much waste

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1622-west-liberty-foods-llc-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Sentry Manufacturing - Food and Drink International
    materials and product packaging To begin its process Sentry Manufacturing globally sources raw materials We have global sourcing because some ingredients we use are not manufactured in the United States anymore Gokarn explains The main challenge for Sentry Manufacturing is locating credible suppliers so its vendor approval process can take three to four months We need to know who we are dealing with as we consider our suppliers our business partners Gokarn notes Sentry Manufacturing tests its raw materials for contamination identity and purity which can take more than seven days after it arrives The product is then moved through a nine step manufacturing process where the company s quality control staff monitors every step We maintain thorough documentation of each product to ensure complete traceability Gokarn says Once the manufacturing process is complete every product is sampled and goes through a number of tests over the next 10 days that will determine whether it is released or rejected A simple Vitamin C tablet for example undergoes 56 different quality control checks before it leaves the building but a more complex formula can undergo more than 200 quality checks Sentry Manufacturing also sends its products to third party labs to ensure and cross verify product integrity and content uniformity Quality is not a destination it s a never ending journey Gokarn says We always strive to improve on what we do here Human Interaction Sentry Manufacturing requires its manufacturing employees to undergo three months of intensive training under the supervision of senior employees who evaluate them If that person has progressed well we start letting them gradually become independent Gokarn says The quality assurance department is staffed only with people who have prior experience in the field We have top notch people on our staff that includes highly qualified industrial

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1618-sentry-manufacturing (2016-04-27)
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  • Nuestro Queso - Food and Drink International
    built a presence in the Hispanic community it has also sought to branch out into other demographic areas Its efforts in crossover marketing have included working on licensing agreements such as an agreement with Azteca tortillas We have worked on those kinds of programs to effectively reach the Anglo markets piggybacking with other longstanding brands Braun says We ve also secured co packing and private label business for a number of prominent brands Doing Things Right Although the commodity markets have led to higher prices for many of Nuestro Queso s raw ingredients the company is not turning to cheaper options Braun says the company is committed to using only the finest ingredients to preserve the integrity of the brand We back up what we produce by making investments at the retail level and that has brought us expanded shelf space and the ability to expand product lines Braun says We are looking at additional new capabilities with packaging continuing with products and packaging because it is an important part of building the brand We differentiate ourselves through our assortment of products and by leveraging the manufacturing infrastructure we ve built In fact the company has made a number of improvements to its factory in the past year Nuestro Queso took down an old section of its factory and put up a new warehouse new blending rooms and new employee areas It has also undergone various audits SQF AIB of its manufacturing operations to ensure optimal efficiency and food safety Braun feels the company is positioned to grow which is why it has been making investments into sales and manufacturing The company plans to continue to invest into all aspects of its operations and it has a number of initiatives and capital investments planned for 2015 By investing in the

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1614-nuestro-queso (2016-04-27)
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  • Meier’s Beverage Group - Food and Drink International
    do so by creating and marketing a niche product segment as well as assisting other craft companies in product creation and market entry The core of what we do is working on that contract side and helping other people to achieve their goals using a combination of their strengths as well as those of Meier s he emphasizes It also allows us to expand our focus to include a broad spectrum of different types of projects The one thing that we really look for in customers is people who are looking to differentiate themselves in the market Blended Beverages Lux explains that Meier s Beverage Group s batching and bottling processes are truly craft That sets us apart from the high volume packaging facilities he says Quality and uniqueness are characteristic of craft winemaking Our staff applies that mindset to every product they make Meier s Beverage Group has more than 1 9 million gallons of tank space on its 6 5 acre eight building campus in Silverton It houses three bottling lines in approximately 160 000 square feet of indoor space The main building which is the epicenter of the facility is the original winery that was built in 1890 Lux notes We still have and utilize our original wine caves built into the foundation of the central building in 1890 We age anything from whiskey to port sherry and other various dessert wines as well as other barrel aged projects we are working on Bottling Variety Lux estimates that 50 to 60 percent of Meier s production is for private label customers or under contract The company can fill up to 19 different sizes and seven different types of bottles at its facility The way our operation is structured allows us to take a new brand that is

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1612-meiers-beverage-group (2016-04-27)
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  • G&D Chillers - Food and Drink International
    their needs Thomas says We try to have some market diversity but not so much that we lose our ability to serve our core customers A Single Source G D Chillers offers its customers a line of single stage multi stage modular large capacity and portable chillers All of G D Chillers products are built with precision and usability in mind We ve always stuck to building things that are very standardized and simple and not overcomplicated Vice President Andy Backer says Our units are user friendly and can be serviced anywhere in the country by any refrigeration technician The company s philosophy of keeping its products standardized and simple differentiates it from many of its larger industry competitors who provide systems of a more proprietary nature G D Chillers more than 20 years of experience in the brewery and winery markets also helps the company stand out Our customers have told us that they ve worked with our competitors and while their products may be fine they didn t understand the industry or their specific needs Thomas says In addition to its standard product lines the company also has the ability to engineer design and fabricate chillers for custom applications This including meeting with customers to discuss their applications providing clients with specifications coordinating logistics and offering technical support The company added installation to its services five years ago We provide a complete package and one stop shop when it comes to our customers being able to get everything they need from start to finish Thomas says G D Chillers is also adding customer support staff A lot of smaller craft breweries don t have much experience when it comes to refrigeration and the mechanical side of what we do so we ve brought people on board to assist

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1609-gad-chillers (2016-04-27)
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  • Gaspe Cured Enr - Food and Drink International
    produce higher volumes we prefer lower volumes to concentrate on quality It is refreshing to work at Gaspe Cured Enr she notes explaining that many processors in the industry are overly focused on weekly production counts Gaspe Cured Enr instead is focused on providing the best quality sustainable products The company therefore invests in workforce training and in improving workforce processes at each plant It only works with live healthy product discarding weak or unhealthy lobsters We only conserve the best ones Tardif says Some plants will try all year to produce as much as they can to have the most product coming out each week Tardif says As we put the focus on quality we have to invest in workforce training at the plant In particular we have very strict work methods It is now in the process of becoming certified GFSI per the Global Food Safety Initiative for example Smoked Herring The market for smoked herring is especially strong in some U S ethnic markets It is very popular among American diners with Puerto Rican Dominican and Caribbean ancestry A lot of our herring product is sold in the Bronx N Y and the southern United States Tardif explains The herring is fished locally in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec The dry and windy climate along the Gaspe coast has for centuries provided perfect conditions for salting and drying fish outdoors In 2014 Gaspe Cured built three new herring smokehouses onsite Production is increasing and demand is increasing Tardif states It is a very profitable product for us We are developing new markets in Eastern Europe and evaluating other possibilities as well Business was not always so brisk however It has changed very much Tardif notes Twenty five years ago we were just sending out a few truckloads

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1608-gaspe-cured-enr (2016-04-27)
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