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  • Surfside Foods LLC - Food and Drink International
    a restriction on the harvesting of surf clams which in turn drastically reduced the supply of surf meat to the marketplace As an alternative to the surf clams Ocean Quahogs began to fill the gap to meet the rising demand of clam meat With the quahog being a smaller clam that could not be hand shucked it became necessary for a mechanized shucking plant to be implemented to complement the hand shucking line Thus Surfside Foods was born Hands On Business Surfside is very hands on when dealing with its clients When they get to know my father and they get to know me they get to feel reassured Vice President Salvatore LaMonica says They know we re on top of it Peter LaMonica agrees They feel that we care about it because it s ours he says That s why the fresh customers like us so much John Kelleher COO at Surfside has been managing and operating vessels for the last 30 years Thanks to his experience he has enabled the Surfside fleet to efficiently harvest its 1 million bushels of clams per year Quality really starts on the boats themselves Peter LaMonica asserts We take pride in the clams that are brought into the processing plant Surfside s primary customers have always used fresh clam meat in their products which at times can be unpredictable due to unpredictable weather A New Adventure Surfside recently acquired one of its former competitors J H Miles Co Inc based in Norfolk Va The firm supplied Campbell s Soup with 50 percent of their clam needs LaMonica says We acquired Campbell s as a customer Along with the J H Miles acquisition it was crucial for Surfside to recruit an experienced hands on shucking and freezing expert In turn Surfside reached out

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1573-surfside-foods-llc (2016-04-27)
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  • Sun Pacific - Food and Drink International
    in 1969 by Berne Evans on less than 100 acres of navel oranges He grew the company with a passion for quality and service and by reinvesting profits to acquire and cultivate more land to expand the assortment beyond oranges Berne pioneered the California mandarin orange industry and was instrumental in developing the demand and huge following for Cuties says DiPiazza Sun Pacific also built a beverage plant at its clementine groves and launched Califia Farms as a subsidiary beverage company Sun Pacific s vertical integration and product ownership provides some other key advantages DiPiazza says The buck stops with us he explains If there is a problem we own it We use our experience and best practices in farming and packing as a competitive advantage to deliver on consistency and high quality From farm to fork we have the responsibility for what goes into the package Rise of the Kiwi Sun Pacific as the exclusive marketer of Mighties Ripe and Easy Kiwi is ramping up production to meet the demand Realizing that consumption in the U S was not at the levels consumed in Europe and Canada Sun Pacific developed a proprietary ripening protocol that delivered ready to eat kiwi to supermarket shelves To appeal to fast paced on the go American shoppers Sun Pacific emphasizes that Mighties kiwi don t need to be peeled and sliced You simply just scoop and eat with a spoon DiPiazza says American consumers are often unaware that kiwi has more potassium than a banana more vitamin C than an orange and more fiber than a bowl of bran cereal The high graphic Mighties packaging communicates this ease of preparation and the nutritional density of this truly superfood he explains Sun Pacific compares kiwi to avocado which was once minimal and now has

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1572-sun-pacific (2016-04-27)
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  • Select Harvest USA - Food and Drink International
    form bags or flexible resealable standup pouch Select Harvest also has the ability to nitrogen flush bags increasing their shelf life The company can package products ranging from 1 5 ounces to 32 ounces California Grown Select Harvest exports roughly 82 percent of the brown skin almonds it processes to customers including Kraft Hershey and M M Mars All of the almonds processed by the company are grown in California by Select Harvest or contract growers Almond growing is concentrated in the center and north parts of the state but we buy almonds from all growing regions in California Nunes says The company picks up the almonds from a hauling and shelling operation and transports them back to its facilities where they are weighed and graded based on USDA standards Almonds are sorted based on size then examined for chips splits and other defects by cameras and laser technology The company then sorts nuts based on customer specifications What we specialize in is a product that is very low in foreign materials Nunes adds noting that the company processes almonds with fewer than five bits of foreign materials per metric ton We can provide a full array of specifications ranging from almonds going straight into almond butter or marzipan all the way up to almonds for candy or roasting Meeting High Standards The company s Turlock facility processes almond kernels and meats A second facility in Orland Calif processes in shell almonds In addition to processing nuts that it sells to the international market Select Harvest provides pasteurization services to handlers and distributors of other tree nuts including walnuts almonds and pistachios Both of Select Harvest s facilities use a pasteurization and treatment process that removes pathogens such as salmonella and e coli from processed nuts The company processed roughly

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1569-select-harvest-usa (2016-04-27)
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  • Producers - Food and Drink International
    jar uses 60 percent less plastic per pound in comparison to the traditional rounds Read more Article by RM Staff Writer Producers 19 February 2014 Lucky Bucket Brewing Company Founded in 2008 and pouring its first product in early 2009 Lucky Bucket Brewing Company has worked to create memorable brews and pay respect to the history of brewing beer Having taken its name from the glory days before kegs and bottles were available and beer drinkers needed to visit a local brewery and fill up a bucket Lucky Bucket is slowly but surely making a name for itself and its products Lucky Bucket is based out of an 18 000 square foot facility in La Vista Neb where it has six three story fermenting tanks and offers a tasting room and tours to the public The company is part of the craft beer boom that has taken off in recent years around the country and its goal is to make the best beer it can possibly make In its first year the company produced around 400 barrels growing to about 4 000 barrels in year two Last year the company was around 7 000 barrels and is aiming to do approximately 10 000 barrels this year Read more Article by RM Staff Writer Producers 19 February 2014 AVA Companies When it comes to serving customers in the Northeast with case ready meat products there are few companies that have the capabilities of AVA Companies The company says its state of the art facility on Long Island has become known as the Meat Depot because it serves as the center for many customers case ready programs It s thanks to these capabilities that AVA Companies has become one of the leading suppliers of pork and beef products to independent retailers and club stores in and around New York City Nassau County in New York s Long Island may not seem a likely spot for an ultra modern meat processing facility but behind a glass façade building AVA Companies new plant is dedicated to changing the way East Coast operators improve their case and space management strategies the company says Read more Article by Alan Dorich Producers 19 February 2014 ALLIEDFLEX Technologies Inc People often do not look at packaging as an area where they can save money but ALLIEDFLEX Technologies Inc has helped many companies save millions of dollars This has been managed by getting them to switch to flexible packaging President Dennis Calamusa says The cumulative effect is huge he says It s a total ripple effect of cost that starts at the beginning of the supply chain and goes all the way through to the retail shelves Based in Sarasota Fla ALLIEDFLEX sells machines that can package items in formats such as the popular standup pouch a single serve portion packet and a flat bottom bag When the company started operations in 2002 it saw potential for the use of flexible packaging in the United States Read more Article

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers?start=96 (2016-04-27)
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  • Restaurants Pacini - Food and Drink International
    Company chose us because of the value we share for the caring of employees and the love of food and table and clients Director of Marketing Andréanne Charbonneau says Also we have a fantastic breakfast menu and breakfast is very important in the hotel industry Charbonneau says Pacini hopes to capitalize on the growing trend of hotels turning to chains to provide restaurants in their hotels so the hotels can focus on what they do best Pacini plans to eventually open 25 more restaurants anywhere in Canada according to Charbonneau with a particular focus on Alberta Alberta is a booming province she says We have an opportunity to create economies of scale and synergies there Serving Satisfaction The chain s goal is to provide an extraordinary experience in a friendly ambiance with authentically Italian cuisine One of its most popular food features is a Bread Bar where customers can choose to grill different types of bread Authenticity is so important that the company in 2004 created the Pacini Culinary Academy near Venice in Italy Since then the academy has received more than 300 employees restaurateurs partners and customers for culinary training Food authenticity is important but so is serving healthy options In 2005 Pacini became the first restaurant chain in Canada to remove all artificial trans fats from its menu as they worked extensively with cardiologists and nutritionists to achieve this It is also making extensive efforts to reduce the salt content of each of its dishes and to expand the availability of high fiber food without making any compromises on taste Most regular pastas can be replaced by whole wheat penne We put emphasis on the quality and Italian authenticity of our foods that are as healthy as possible and made with great care Charbonneau says Pacini also offers

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1568-restaurants-pacini (2016-04-27)
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  • Leasa Industries - Food and Drink International
    food items Leasa is also known for its soy line which includes firm veggie cilantro and spicy tofu Other Leasa products include stir fry vegetable mix vegetable soup mix fresh herbs sugar snaps snow peas shallots specialty onions and egg roll and won ton wrappers One of the ways Leasa sets itself apart is through its commitment to hydroponics Its hydroponic system allows Leasa to grow products in filtered water using temperature controlled laboratory esque conditions This is how Leasa can produce products using minimum space while generating high yields It produces approximately 70 000 pounds of bean sprouts weekly along with manufacturing 15 000 pounds of tofu from Ohio sourced soybeans Our product line consists primarily of sprouts tofu and fresh vegetables Yap says The company started based on growing hydroponically and that has helped us become one of the largest sprout growers in the Southeast We are also one of the only companies that put fresh vegetables inside of tofu to make it more palatable for consumers Over the last few years Leasa s innovations have focused on offering services not just products In the past its focus was always on product development Now it provides value added services such as supply chain management Overcoming the Odds Leasa s path to becoming a prolific manufacturer and distributor of health food products is as intriguing as that of its founder George Yap is the son of a Chinese family that moved to Jamaica to escape war He and his Chinese Jamaican wife eventually moved to Miami to escape misfortune in Jamaica Through sheer determination the Yap family built this well regarded family business Because of the challenges the Yap family has faced Leasa has dedicated itself to exemplary corporate citizenship Its products and processes may be seen as the

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1562-leasa-industries (2016-04-27)
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  • Harvest Food Group - Food and Drink International
    position as a leading Midwestern co packer and manufacturer This is due in large part to the company s unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality products on the market through expert sourcing state of the art facilities and exceptional safety procedures Our customers know that whenever they come to us we re going to be able to supply them with superior products CFO Greg Schroyer says For employees of Harvest Food Group it is easy to see that selling healthy foods isn t just a business for Eckert and Schmidt but rather a major component of their everyday lifestyles Both owners have experienced first hand the impact food plays in overall wellness and frequently talk about the natural healing properties of fruits and vegetables In addition to regularly encouraging their employees to make healthy choices they also recognize Healthy Friday by bringing in fruits fresh pressed juices and smoothies Global Perspective Eckert says Harvest Food Group has made its reputation in providing customers with the broadest and most diverse array of frozen fruits and vegetables on the market That means being able to source not only the staple fruits and vegetables but also unique hard to find items such as quinoa According to Eckert the company s ability to provide these unique items comes down to having the right knowledge We wanted to really be involved in specialty items so to do that you need to know who is growing that product and the part of the world it s grown in he says For example Eckert and Schmidt traveled to Central America to personally inspect some of the fields used to grow the ingredients Harvest Food Group purchases Eckert says he considers that an essential step to ensure high quality across every product line the company makes and it is a major part of the reason Harvest Food Group has confidence in its products I learned a long time ago that the relationships with our suppliers are just as important as our relationships with our customers he says Having extensive knowledge of growers and growing regions also comes in handy for Harvest Food Group because it allows the company to react quickly to emerging trends in the frozen food market such as the popularity of quinoa and other whole grains When the company sees trends heading in a particular direction they can react quickly and provide their customers with the products they need The company s global perspective in terms of supply chain also serves an important purpose in protecting it against the natural spikes and valleys caused by changing seasons and weather patterns Eckert says having a strong network of growers around the world makes it easier for the company to maintain good supply levels Commitment to Safety and Innovation Beyond the sourcing of its products Eckert says Harvest Food Group also excels because of its advanced manufacturing facility in Chicago Schroyer points out that the facility not only has USDA certification but it also has achieved

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1558-harvest-food-1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Giraffe Food & Beverage - Food and Drink International
    to launch Once the Hot Sauce was introduced our customers demanded Blue Cheese and Ranch to compliment their Buffalo Wings so these were natural additions to the line Giraffe also developed a full line of barbecue and rib sauces pizza sauces marinades and more Flavor and Experiences Giraffe Foods was well known for producing on trend flavorful sauces for wings and ribs in foodservice so retailers approached it for private label sauces during the economic downturn Giraffe s business now is split 60 40 between U S and Canadian distribution and Powell says the company sees growth in both areas Our sauces go along with getting messy and eating good food she says What makes us different from other sauce companies is that we recognize that it s all about the flavor which goes along with great experiences We don t sell anything we won t eat ourselves at home and we are super picky Giraffe has become so well known in the restaurant and foodservice sectors that retail customers approach it seeking direction on flavor trends and innovation Powell explains a major Canadian grocery chain partnered with Giraffe to enhance its frozen boxed meal offerings for chicken wings and pork ribs Because they had specific label requirements we modified popular restaurant sauces to make them appeal to their customer base seeking only natural flavors and colors with no additives she says The grocery chains that we supply with private label sauces are doing well with the customer that knows to buy products that follow their brand standards However we find that the companies that focus on full flavors and indulgence are more successful in the marketplace We ve found that people shopping for wings don t care about ingredients and nutrition because they are seeking the full flavor experience

    Original URL path: http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com/sections/producers/1555-giraffe-food-a-beverage (2016-04-27)
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