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Shamrock Foods: Norman McClelland

PHOENIX –(July 13, 2017) –Shamrock Foods Company announced today that Norman P. McClelland, 90, passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness. After serving as CEO for Shamrock Foods Company for 45 years, McClelland continued as a guiding force for the company by serving as Chairman of the Board until the time of his passing.

Shamrock Foods Company – parent company of Shamrock Farms and Shamrock Foods – was founded by Norman’s father, W.T. McClelland, in Tucson, Ariz., in 1922 with a Model T truck and 20 cows. After 95 years in business, it is now one of the top privately held companies in America, and one of the top 100 employers in Arizona. Norman was born in Tucson, Ariz., on June 21, 1927. He received a dual B.S. /B.A. degree in agriculture and business administration from the University of Arizona before moving to Phoenix, where he raised his family and grew the Shamrock business.

"My father was an iconic leader whose wisdom and leadership values will continue to be a guiding force for the company," said Kent McClelland, President and Chief Executive Officer for Shamrock Foods Company. "He was loved by all who knew him, and I’m honored to carry on his legacy of business leadership and devotion to public service."

Norman personified Shamrock’s long-standing commitment to "treat associates like family and customers and suppliers like friends." The impact of Shamrock Foods Company extends far beyond the quality products it manufactures and distributes, because Norman believed it’s just as much the company’s duty to give back to the community as it is to provide superior products. Thanks to Norman’s leadership, Shamrock Foods Company supports more than 80 non-profit groups and donates more than 450,000 pounds of food annually to local food banks.

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Not only was giving back to the community a philosophy McClelland instilled in his company, but he himself served as a role model by actively supporting many charitable, business and community organizations including the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club, and Interfaith Ministries, among others.

Throughout his lifetime, Norman served as a leader for organizations including the Arizona State Fair, 100 Club of Arizona, Phoenix Mountain Preservation Commission, Save Our Mountains Foundation, University of Arizona Eller School of Management, Rockford Institute, Howard Center, Goldwater Institute, Joe Foss Institute, Duet and the Irish Cultural & Learning Center.

Norman’s Irish heritage was a source of tremendous pride, and he dedicated much of his time to ensuring that Irish culture continues to thrive in Arizona. He kept in touch with his family in Ireland and frequently traveled there to see family and friends. He was actively involved in the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center and led the charge to create the center’s 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art library. In 2016, he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from the Irish President in recognition of his commitment to promoting Irish culture and history.

He placed a high value on education and remained an active supporter of his alma mater, the University of Arizona, throughout his life. Norman and his sister, Frances H. McClelland, were both alumni. In 2008, McClelland Park was built to house the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and in 1992 the new Eller College of Management facility was dedicated and named McClelland Hall in their honor.

A viewing will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. PST, Friday, July 21 at Valley Presbyterian Church (6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, Ariz.).

Memorial services will take place in both Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., as follows:

10 a.m. PST, Saturday, July 22 at Valley Presbyterian Church (6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, Ariz.)

2 p.m. PST, Sunday, July 23 at Trinity Presbyterian Church (400 E. University Blvd., Tucson, Ariz.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Mr. McClelland’s memory can be made to the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center at www.azirish.org/support-registration or by calling 602-258-0109.

About Shamrock Foods Company

Founded in 1922 and still family-owned and -operated, Shamrock Foods Company specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of quality food and food-related products. The company has become a symbol of integrity for households and businesses. Shamrock continues serving customers through a family of companies, including Shamrock Foods, one of the Top 10 foodservice distributors nationwide, and Shamrock Farms, one of the largest family-owned and –operated dairies in the nation. To learn more, visit www.shamrockfoods.com.

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DMA Announces New CEO/President - Pat Mulhern

For Immediate Release:

(March 1, 2017) 

 DMA Announces Pat Mulhern as CEO/President

 

Schaumburg, IL Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. (DMA) announced today that Pat Mulhern has agreed to the role of CEO and President effective April 3rd.  Mulhern will follow Dan Cox, who is retiring after 10 years at DMA; the last five as its CEO and President.    

Pat Mulhern's foodservice career includes nearly 25 years which began in multi-unit restaurants.  He has spent 20 years in leadership roles with US Foodservice, Vistar (now Performance Food Group), Alliant Foodservice and Kraft.

“I am looking forward to working with a fantastic network of foodservice distributors, and the experienced DMA team.  Our goal is to be the first choice provider of distribution and supply chain solutions to North America’s leading multi-unit operations.  We will bring professional and contemporary solutions that reflect our experience, our coast to coast coverage, and our people. We will be counted on to help our customers continue to win in a dynamic and challenging industry.”

Kent McClelland, Chairman of the DMA Board of Directors and CEO of Shamrock Foods Company commented, “We are very excited to welcome Pat into the DMA family.  His industry experience and leadership will allow us to continue to build on our tradition of building great relationships with customers and members.”

Cox joined the DMA Board of Directors in 1999 and then the DMA staff full time in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer.  He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012, and during his tenure, DMA nearly tripled in size. 

Dan said, "I am proud to have been a part of DMA's significant growth and expansion, which has enabled us to develop new technologies and processes for our Chain Operator Customers and Distributor Members.  We are very fortunate to have someone with Pat’s industry experience and expertise to join us at DMA.  Pat’s knowledge and leadership will allow DMA to continue to develop the supply chain solutions that National operators need to compete in this ever changing foodservice environment."

Kent McClelland commented, "Dan has played an important role in leading DMA and successfully expanding DMA's customer base.  The Board is grateful for Dan’s work over the last 10 years and very appreciative of Dan's contributions to DMA."

Dan will continue serving on the Board of Directors as Director.   

About DMA

DMA creates and delivers customized distribution and supply chain solutions for multi-unit operators in the foodservice industry. The company is owned by eight leading foodservice distributors. They include, Ben E. Keith Foods, Gordon Food Service, HPC Foodservice, Jacmar Foodservice, Nicholas & Company, Reinhart Foodservice, Services Group of America and Shamrock Foods Company. Combined annual sales of the organization’s 104 North American warehouses exceed $25 billion. www.dmadelivers.com       

 

Contact:

Suzie McKeon

DMA

suzie.mckeon@dmadelivers.com

 

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Nicholas and Company Acquires C & M Food Distributing

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Nicholas and Company (Nicholas and Co.) today announced that it has acquired C&M Food Distributing, Inc., based in Reno, Nevada.,

Founded in 1988, C&M Food Distributing has become a leading distributor of dry goods, paper products, and gourmet items essential to the restaurant and institutional food trade in Northern Nevada. “The acquisition of C&M will enrich our distribution business and improve our customer service capabilities as Nicholas and Company continues to expand throughout Nevada,” said Nicole Mouskondis, co-CEO of Nicholas and Company. “We are delighted to welcome the C&M Food Distributing team into the Nicholas and Company family and look forward to our continued growth in the Northern Nevada region.”

C&M Food Distributing, much like Nicholas and Company, has a history rooted in family ideals. From its humble beginnings in Sparks, Nevada, the Forte family founded and built a company that is devoted to its employees as well as to the needs of their customers. “C&M is excited to be joining the Nicholas and Company family and we look forward to our ability to grow our business while still maintaining our ability to exceed our customers’ highest expectations”, said Charlotte Forte. By joining forces with the Nicholas and Company family, C&M Food Distributing can continue to provide outstanding products and service, but will now have the capabilities to grow their business throughout and beyond Northern Nevada.

About Nicholas and Company (Nicholas and Co.)

Founded in 1939 by Nicholas Mouskondis and continuing through our current third-generation family led leadership, Nicholas and Company prides itself on delivering the highest quality products and services to our valued customers. Our focus on customers and team members has earned us numerous awards; including the Best of State (Utah) for food distribution, and recognized as the Best Company to Work for from Utah Business Magazine.

Nicholas and Company has a business philosophy focused on creating mutual success with our
customers. We employ a team of food service experts, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology and exemplary food safety practices.

But the root of the success of Nicholas and Company is the passion every team member feels for the family based culture. We take pride in our company-wide practice of “Philotimo”—a Greek word meaning “the love of honor.”  Philotimo captures the true importance of hospitality, emphasizes our sincere appreciation for our partnerships and captures our passion for serving people. That’s our family recipe for success!


Ben E. Keith Foods - Shareholder of the Year 2016

November 16, 2016

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Schaumburg, IL - Distribution Market Advantage (DMA), a national foodservice distribution system that provides foodservice operators with pricing, distribution and technological advantages, has announced Ben E. Keith Foods as Shareholder of the Year for 2016. This is the third consecutive year that Ben E. Keith Foods has earned this prestigious award.

This award was presented at DMA’s Fall Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 15, 2016. This award recognizes the Shareholder that has made the most significant contribution to our valued Chain Operators, and to the DMA Organization as a whole. 

Criteria for this award include the member's overall customer satisfaction scores, support of developing markets, sales growth, strategic leadership and sales leadership.

Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA commented during the awards ceremony that, “Ben E. Keith Foods lead in this year’s Customer Satisfaction Survey.  They were recognized as #1 in internal collaboration and communication within DMA. Ben E. Keith Foods is one of our top supporters in developing markets; and selflessly contributes to the thought leadership of DMA.” 

Presenting the award to Chris Lewis, Vice President of Multi Unit Accounts of Ben E. Keith Foods was Kent McClelland, President of Shamrock Foods and Chairman of DMA; and Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA. 

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Also in attendance from Ben E. Keith Foods, was Andy Anthony, Director of Business Development; and Dave Teaff, National Accounts Manager.

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To learn more about Ben E. Keith Foods, visit http://www.benekeith.com/food/ 

 


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Merchants Foodservice Joins DMA


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(April 1, 2016)

DMA Announces Merchants Foodservice Joins DMA as a Member

Schaumburg, IL DMA (Distribution Market Advantage, Inc.) is proud to announce that Merchants Foodservice has agreed to join DMA as a Member, beginning April 1, 2016. Headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Merchants Foodservice operates state-of-the-art distribution and warehousing centers in Jackson, Mississippi; Clanton, Alabama; Newberry, South Carolina; and Tifton, Georgia.

 

Merchants’ four strategically located warehouses will expand DMA’s broadline capacity to that important area of the country. Merchants Foodservice distributes wholesale food and beverages as well as restaurant kitchen supplies to nine Southeastern states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Merchants comes with a strong desire to profitably grow their business with mid-sized National Accounts.

“We have been studying our distribution opportunities in the Southeast and feel that Merchants’ customer focused values and integrity will make them a key contributing DMA Member for years to come,” said Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA.

“We are excited about the growth opportunities our membership with DMA will generate and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship,” said Andy Mercier, President and CEO of Merchants Foodservice.

About Merchants Foodservice

Merchants Foodservice, headquartered in Hattiesburg, MS, is one of the nation's fastest growing broadline foodservice distributors. The company operates state-of-the-art distribution and warehousing centers in Jackson, Mississippi; Clanton, Alabama; Newberry, South Carolina and Tifton, Georgia. Visit Merchants Foodservice for more information.

About DMA

DMA creates and delivers customized distribution and supply chain solutions for multi-unit operators in the foodservice industry.  The company is owned by ten leading foodservice distributors.  They include, Ben E. Keith Foods; Gordon Food Service; HPC Foodservice; Jacmar Foodservice; Maines Paper & Foodservice; Merchants Foodservice; Nicholas &Company; Reinhart Foodservice; Shamrock Foods Company; and Services Group of America. www.dmadelivers.com   Contact: Suzie McKeon suzie.mckeon@dmadelivers.com

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DMA Order Entry System - Maintenance

 

***ITN will be conducting a scheduled maintenance on Saturday, August 26th, 2017  from 2:00 PM PST to 10:00 PM PST.  During this time the order entry portal and ftp services will be down.  All 3rd parties will also be down. 

 

We are asking that customers place their orders before the 2:00 PM PST maintenance or after 10:00 PM PST on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

 

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Thank you.***

 


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Genpak: Spill-Free Containers

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Hinged Take Out Containers That Don't Spill

 

The number one complaint from consumers is when their food spills out of their take out packaging.

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DMA Announces Shareholder of the Year: Ben E. Keith Foods

 

December 4, 2014

DMA Announces Ben E. Keith Foods as the 2014 Shareholder of the Year

Schaumburg, IL - Distribution Market Advantage (DMA), a national foodservice distribution system that provides foodservice operators with pricing, distribution and technological advantages, has announced Ben E. Keith Foods as Shareholder of the Year.

This award was presented at DMA’s Fall Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 19, 2014. This award recognizes the Shareholder that has made the most significant contribution to our valued Chain Operators and to the DMA Organization as a whole. 

Criteria for this award include the member's overall customer satisfaction scores, support of developing markets, sales growth, strategic leadership and sales leadership.

Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA commented during the awards ceremony that, “Ben E. Keith lead in this year’s Customer Satisfaction Survey.  They were recognized as #1 in collaboration and communication within DMA.BEK is one of our top supporters in developing markets; and selflessly contributes to the thought leadership of DMA.” 

The award was accepted by the Ben E. Keith Team members - Mike Roach, President; Mike Sweet, Executive Vice President; Chris Lewis, Vice President and Shawn Mullins, Senior National Accounts Manager.


Gordon Food Service Launches Refreshed Brand

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New logo, tagline, and store name emphasizes commitment to customers and employees

 Wyoming, MI, November 10, 2014 - Gordon Food Service today introduced a new logo, tagline, and name for its stores as part of the evolution of its corporate brand.

With over 115 years of expertise in the industry, Gordon Food Service is known by customers for its commitment to heartfelt service, precise delivery, and industry innovation. The company is introducing refreshed key elements of its brand to reflect these strengths, and bring them to the market in a new and exciting way.

The most visible change is the company’s new logo. “Our previous logo was a strong symbol of our brand that has served us well for over two decades,” said Jim Gordon, CEO of Gordon Food Service. “But as our business evolves, we want to make sure that our look does, too.”

With this in mind, the company maintained key elements of the previous logo, including the color red, but shifted from using the company’s acronym, GFS, to spelling out the full company name, with an emphasis on the Gordon family name.

“Leading with the Gordon name demonstrates that we’re a family business and a people-focused company, which we know is a part of our story that matters to our customers,” said Jennifer Batley, North America Senior Manager of Customer Experience. The new logo will soon appear in places like trucks, store signage, and communications.

Additionally, GFS Marketplace has been renamed the Gordon Food Service Store. This shift leverages the new logo and shows the connection between the company’s broadline distribution and stores business.

Customers will also notice Gordon Food Service’s new tagline, “Always at your table,” which showcases the company’s readiness to partner with them to achieve their goals. “Being at our customers’ tables has been true of our organization since 1897—and will be true for the next century, too,” said Jim Gordon.

Batley emphasized that while the company’s look has changed, customers will continue to enjoy the same products and service they count on from Gordon Food Service. “We’re confident our customers will appreciate our more modern and personal look and feel,” Batley said. “We will remain committed to delivering seamless experiences as we roll out the brand across our organization.”

To view a gallery of these new elements, visit brandreveal.gfs.com.

Gordon Food Service: About Us

Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service for our customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and have grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same approach for over 115 years—remaining passionately committed to the people we serve. Today, we serve foodservice operators within the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. We also operate more than 170 Gordon Food Service Store locations in the U.S., which are open to the public and provide restaurant-quality products and friendly, knowledgeable service without a membership fee. Partnering with organizations across industries from healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants, and event planners, we help our customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy, and remember. To learn more about Gordon Food Service, visit gfs.com

 


Red Robin Honors Military Members with Free Burger on Veterans Day

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Red Robin Royalty™ Pays Tribute to Heroes with Launch of National Military Program

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Nov. 5, 2014 – In honor of Veterans Day, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) will offer a FREE Red’s Tavern Double® burger with Bottomless Steak Fries®* to all veterans and active duty military guests on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at participating restaurants. Additionally, Red Robin will continue to salute military members beyond Veterans Day and launch a national program for members of the Armed Forces and their families, featuring additional surprise and delight offers throughout the year on top of those they already receive for being a Red Robin Royalty member. Red Robin will also make a donation of $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project®.  

“With the addition of the active and veteran military program through Red Robin Royalty, Red Robin is making a year-round commitment to giving back to the men and women who serve our country,” said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “Along with offering the free Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day, we seek to help bring a smile to the faces of our service members as we say, ‘thank you,’ for all they do year-round.” 

Red Robin Treats Military like ‘Royalty’

As part of its year-round commitment to giving back to those who serve their country, Red Robin has expanded its Red Robin Royalty rewards program with a NEW national military program. By signing up for Red Robin Royalty, veteran, retired, active duty and military spouses can take advantage of exclusive offers redeemable at Red Robin restaurants throughout the year. Any service members who are currently enrolled in Red Robin Royalty can choose to opt-in to receive additional offers through their account at royalty.redrobin.com

A Social Salute to Veterans

With a million reasons to love Red Robin, social media savvy guests who visit a Red Robin restaurant on Veterans Day are encouraged to show support by sharing photos of their experience via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the #RRVetsDay hashtag. 

To learn more about Red Robin’s Veterans Day offer, visit redrobin.com/veteransday. To sign up for Red Robin Royalty and become eligible to receive additional benefits from Red Robin throughout the year, visit royalty.redrobin.com

* Bottomless Steak Fries only available at traditional Red Robin restaurants. Red Robin Burger Works restaurants do not offer free refills of steak fries. 

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages.  In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, recently earning the restaurant the 2014 VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. There are more than 500 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Burger Works® locations and those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM®! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook and Twitter.  

 

 

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Nicholas & Company Opens North Las Vegas DC

September 22, 2014 – Local officials joined Nicholas and Company representatives on Monday to cut the ribbon of a state-of-the-art food service distribution center in North Las Vegas at the new facility off of I-15 on 5670 Linn Lane.

The 183,000 square-foot North Las Vegas warehouse can hold up to 600,000 cases of food-service products for distribution to restaurants, hospitals, schools and other commercial customers along with an on-site exposition kitchen. The building is designed to expand over 400,000 square-feet as the company grows.

“We are excited to see our lifelong dream to build in Las Vegas come to fruition. I want to thank Governor Sandoval, Mayor Lee of North Las Vegas and their respective economic development teams for their assistance with our permitting and financial incentive package needs, which expedited our ability to reach this momentous day” said Peter Mouskondis, CEO and President of Nicholas and Company.

Nicholas and Company is now the largest independent broad-line food-service distributor in the Intermountain West. They are based in Salt Lake City and serve Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, southwest Montana, eastern Oregon and northern Arizona.

About Nicholas and Company

Founded in 1939 by Nicholas Mouskondis and continuing through our current third-generation leadership, Nicholas and Company prides itself on delivering the highest quality products and services to our valued customers. Our focus on customers and team members has earned us numerous awards including the Best of State award for food distribution in 2003, 2006, 2009 through 2014, and is recognized as a Best Company to Work for in 2005, 2011 and 2013 from Utah Business Magazine.

Nicholas and Company has a business culture focused on creating mutual success with our customers.  We employ a team of food-service experts, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and exemplary food safety practices.

Peter Mouskondis concluded, “At Nicholas and Company, we take pride in our culture and practice “Philotimo” each day—a Greek word meaning "the love of honor."  We think this captures the true importance of hospitality. We value our genuine partnerships and have a passion for serving people. That's our family recipe for success!”

Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and our website www.nicholasandco.com

Download Press Release Here: Nicholas_Ribbon_Cutting_092214.pdf

 

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Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Win a trip for two to New York City Wine and Food Festival!

 

When you participate in the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry Sweepstakes sponsored by Tork, you will be entered to win a an exclusive trip for two to the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival October 16-19. All you need to do is click here to enter!

 

For each eligible entry, Tork will donate $1 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, helping to connect a child to up to 10 meals. For each entry that is shared via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, Tork will make an additional contribution of $1.

 

So, not only will you generate meals for those who need it most, you will also be automatically entered to win this once-in-a-lifetime trip to see culinary icons and Food Network star chefs.

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry fundraising program encourages the restaurant industry to unite for the month of September in an effort to increase access for children to nutritious meals.

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Happy 40th Anniversary Quaker Steak & Lube!

Happy 40th Anniversary Quaker Steak & Lube!

Congratulations to our partner, The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces, on celebrating the brand’s 40th anniversary. The company is commemorating four smokin’ hot decades with a national social media promotion, in-restaurant promotions, special menus and a limited edition “throwback” bottle of its popular sauce throughout the year.

“Best wishes to Quaker Steak & Lube® as it celebrates its 40th anniversary in the restaurant business. We are proud of our partnership with QSL and glad to be part of its historical success.  This is a collaborative relationship and one that we look forward to continuing for many years. Congratulations QSL!”  Dan Cox, President and CEO at DMA 

“Congratulations to QSL on its 40 years of success and many more to come.  I’ve been personally enjoying wings at the original location for over 25 years.  I’m proud to be associated with you both professionally and personally.  Continued Success!”   Mike Popella, Director of Customer Solutions at DMA

About Quaker Steak & Lube®:

Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, PA, Quaker Steak & Lube® has expanded to more than 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, race cars and corvettes suspended from the ceilings combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events has afforded The Lube® a cult-like fan following. Today, Quaker Steak & Lube® has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and more than 25 different wing sauces. www.thelube.com

 

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Clean Up with Tork Wet Wipe System

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A One-Two Punch to an Efficient Way to Turn Tables

 

Discover the convenience of the new Tork Foodservice Wet Wipe system.  It is the better Front of House solution for surfaces in your restaurant.

 

Discreet. Convenient. Hygienic.

 

The Tork Foodservice wet wipe system is available in a convenient resealable, self-dispensing, apron-sized pack. These wet wipes are discreetly portable to make cleaning more efficient and hygienic, even during peak service hours.  The streamlined system allows staff to turn tables quickly without cutting corners, serving as many customers as possible, while conveying a fresh and clean impression to increase likelihood of return visits. 

 

The Tork Foodservice Wet Wipes are specifically designed and formulated to clean and sanitize tables in two easy steps:

 

  • Clean – Use Cleaning Wet Wipes at each table turn to remove oil, grease and other food particles.  The cleaning wipe can be used alone or with Sanitizing Wet Wipes.
  • Sanitize – Use Sanitizing Wet Wipes when necessary.  Pretreated wipe sanitizes tables in 60 seconds.

 

Unlike traditional sanitizing bucket or spray methods, the Tork Foodservice Wet Wipe system removes both water soluble and oil-based dirt, greatly reducing the risk of trapped bacteria on tabletop surfaces. The Cleaning Wet Wipe fulfills the recommendation for non-food contact surfaces, and the Sanitizing Wet Wipe is 99.9% effective in killing common bacteria and is EPA registered.  Both the cleaning and sanitizing wipes are NSF registered. 

 

 

Try the new Tork Foodservice wet wipe system.  Click here for more information or to start your free trial today.  Watch a product video about the Tork Foodservice Wet Wipes.


ConAgra's NEW Seashore-Style® Fries

ConAgra Lamb-Weston's The Seashore-Style™ fries are a unique thick-cut fry coated with a batter that's seasoned with sea salt, cracked black pepper and garlic. The skin-on appearance gives the fries an authentic, hand-cut look customers can't resist.

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Jacmar: From The Ground Up

Jacmar: From the Ground Up

 

The Walls are Up!   Congratulations to DMA Shareholder Member, Jacmar Foodservice Distribution, on its progress for their new facility being built in City of Industry, California. The construction for the 232,000 square foot facility bagan in October 2013.

The center, at 300 N. Baldwin Park Blvd., will serve customers from Santa Barbara to San Diego, as well as in Palm Springs, Bakersfield and Las Vegas.  It will also become the company’s new headquarters, replacing Jacmar’s existing 84,000-square-foot distribution/headquarters in Irwindale. Jacmar operates another distribution center in Sacramento that serves Northern California and Reno, Nev.

They are expected to move in to their new state of the art facility in January 2015.

DMA is proud to have Jacmar as a Shareholder Member and we look forward to your new warehouse! Watch here for more updates.

Download Jacmar Newsletter: Jacmar_From_the_Ground_UP_-_June_Issue.pdf


Lamb Weston: Our Fries Stay Crispy Longer

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To learn about the products and consumer research around the development of these products visit our website.   Click here for more information - http://notjustanotherfry.com/

 

Download Lamb Weston Sweet Things Article

Happy 25th Anniversary Abuelo's!

June 2014 - Congratulations to our long time partner, Abuelo’s, as they continue their tradition of excellence by celebrating their 25th year in the restaurant business.  Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine with creative menus and superior service.  

“Happy Anniversary to Abuelo’s as they celebrate their 25th year! Abuelo’s is one of America’s top restaurant chains and DMA is very thankful and proud of our partnership with the Abuelo’s team. Cheers to many more years of success!”, Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA.

“Abuelo’s is honored to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! We are very thankful to our incredible guests, employees and vendors, like DMA, who have helped us to achieve this great milestone. Here’s to 25 more years!” Larry Pierson, Vice President Supply Chain, Abuelo’s.

For more information regarding Abuelo's, visit www.abuelos.com

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Hormel® Bacon 1™ Perfectly Cooked Bacon

BACON PERFECTLY DONE™

 

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Bacon is one of the most important items in your kitchen, but it's not without its operational hassles. Hormel Foodservice set out to change things. To make your bacon world better. To create a bacon solution that does it all.

Introducing HORMEL® BACON 1™ Perfectly Cooked Bacon

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For those of you using raw bacon, you're dealing with time, labor, waste and mess.

If you're using a fully cooked bacon in your operation, you love the efficiency, but you probably put up with underwhelming appearance, flavor and performance. 

Now there's an alternative. HORMEL® BACON 1™ Perfectly Cooked Bacon gives you the best of all worlds, thanks to our breakthrough, patent-pending cooking technique that delivers uncompromised bacon flavor, texture and eye appeal.

HORMEL® BACON 1 Perfectly Cooked Bacon starts with bacon that has already been perfectly cooked – simply heat for service.

No hours of prep work. No gallons of grease. No compromise to quality.

It is made from premium, center cut bellies; uses a unique cure that gives it a well-balanced flavor; is naturally smoked with a blend of distinctive smokes, and undergoes an extended smoke cycle to drive cravable, noticeable flavor.

There's never been anything like it before. Your guests get to enjoy the unmistakable smoky, savory, salty goodness packed into a crispy strip, and you don't have to put up with the headaches and hassles back of house. HORMEL®BACON 1 Perfectly Cooked Bacon truly is Bacon Perfectly Done.

 

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To learn more about this product, visit http://www.hormelbacon1.com or contact us at 1-800-723-8000.

 

Download Hormel Bacon Brochures:  

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DMA Shareholder, Gordon Food Service, Acquires Glazier Foods

Gordon Food Service Announces Acquisition of Glazier Foods Company


GRAND RAPIDS, MI, March 31, 2014 – Gordon Food Service today announced that it has acquired Glazier Foods Company, a leading foodservice distributor headquartered in Houston, Texas.

“Glazier Foods is an outstanding company with a strong family heritage. Their dedication to high-quality service and customer success is an ideal fit with Gordon Food Service’s culture and commitment to customer service,” said Jim Gordon, CEO of Gordon Food Service.

“Glazier Foods has a strong reputation in our industry and a solid track record of growth. We welcome the Glazier family of employees to Gordon Food Service and look forward to working together to grow our business in the Southwest,” said Tony Groll, Gordon Food Service President of U.S. Distribution.

Founded in 1936 by C.R. “Bob” Glazier, Glazier Foods Company was originally a frozen foods pioneer. Today, the company delivers a wide range of food products and supplies to a variety of foodservice operators in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, and New Mexico, and has become a leading foodservice distributor in the Southwest.

“The Glazier family is convinced that we could not have found a better home than Gordon Food Service, a 117-year-old family business, for our company after more than 77 years of ownership by the Glazier family. We are convinced that Gordon Food Service shares our commitments to employees and customers and that Glazier Foods will continue to grow and prosper as part of the Gordon Food Service family,” said Jim Spring, Chairman of Glazier Foods Company.

John H. Miller, President of Glazier Foods Company, stated, “Becoming a part of Gordon Food Service allows Glazier Foods to continue the legacy of a family-owned business and ensures the long-term commitment to superior customer service. In addition, we will be able to provide an expanded portfolio of products and services to our customers and the marketplace, while providing new opportunities to our employees.”

About Glazier Foods Company

Glazier Foods Company, founded in 1936, is a leading foodservice provider and one of the largest full-line independent food distributors in the United States, with more than 16,000 national branded items in stock. They service over 6,000 customers including restaurants, schools, sports and entertainment operators, daycare centers, hospitals, health care facilities and others. Their headquarters and main distribution center are located in Houston, Texas with a second distribution center in Coppell, Texas near Dallas. Known for their legendary service, they continue to honor their commitment to ensure the success and satisfaction of their customers, suppliers, and employees. For more information, visit www.glazierfoods.com

About Gordon Food Service

Since 1897, the people of Gordon Food Service have been committed to delivering uncompromising quality, outstanding value and exceptional customer service. What began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service is today North America’s largest family-controlled broadline foodservice distributor. Gordon Food Service distributes to foodservice operators within the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. The company also operates more than 165 GFS Marketplace stores that are open to the public and provide the benefits of restaurant-quality products and friendly, knowledgeable service without a membership fee.

 

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DMA Welcomes New Staff Member: Lou Magnelli

March 31, 2014 - Please join us in welcoming Lou Magnelli to the DMA team. Lou has recently joined DMA as Director of Account Management.

Lou has over 25 years of supply chain & account management experience with a majority of his time spent in the foodservice industry.   Lou began his career with 7 years of experience as a logistics supervisor working at a UNISYS distribution center.

Lou comes to DMA from Berlin Packaging, where he led a team as Senior Director of Category Management.   Prior to Berlin, Lou spent 18 years with HAVI Global Solutions in various leadership roles.   Most recently at HAVI, Lou spent 5 years as Director of Account Management responsible for sales, innovation, P&L, pricing and strategy for non-McDonald’s business.   Lou led relationships for both industrial and foodservice accounts and maintained both the highest profitability and highest customer satisfaction ratings in his portfolio of accounts.  He is also certified in Miller Heiman sales and account management processes.

Also while with HAVI, he served as Director of Procurement Management and Strategic Sourcing where he led the category management team to deliver on development of new product innovations, implementation of a supplier management system and annualized savings of >$20 Million annually.   Lou’s experience at HAVI included a position in supply chain management for five years where he was responsible for supply plan management and the development of least cost models and demand management processes.

Lou is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a degree in Finance and Economics.   

Lou can be reached at lou.magnelli@dmadelivers.com

 

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Kellogg's BURGERevolution



Kellogg’s® BURGERevolutionTM Program Helps Foodservice Operators Menu Vegetarian Items and Drive Participation

Vegetarian-friendly entrees continue to experience growth on the menu; Kellogg’s® program helps operators achieve success

 

Kellogg’s® BURGERevolutionTM program provides operators engaging ways to appeal to the rising vegetarian and flexitarian population. When it comes to burger excitement, effective menuing is the key, as 50 percent of consumers claim to be eating at least one burger per week.[1] The BURGERevolution™ program arms operators with great tasting, on-trend burger builds, menuing concepts and other powerful tools to catch customers’ attention. It’s designed to increase participation via innovative menu concepts, and helps drive sales for all dayparts, demonstrating how to add incremental value to the burger and operator.

 

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BURGERevolutionTM helps operators engage customers and bring excitement to burger and center-of-the-plate concepts that extend beyond everyday veggie offerings.  With a combination of premier vegetarian products and creative recipes that demonstrate how to use core SKUs in a variety of ways, BURGERevolutionTM allows flexible menu offerings suited for every foodservice operation.

 

As consumer insights point toward heavier emphasis on flavor and nutrition, adopting a flexible vegetarian menuing program stands to benefit foodservice operators. BURGERevolutionTM allows operators to customize and incorporate exciting offerings into their menu to attract the attention of flexitarians – those who don’t commit to full-time vegetarianism or veganism but seek a tasty and healthful meal option. Results from a 2012 poll showed that 43 percent of U.S. adults are estimated to eat at least one vegetarian meal per week.[2]

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Consumer-recognized brands and category leaders Morningstar Farms® and Gardenburger® 3 are part of BURGERevolutionTM, providing operators with a broad portfolio of options. The program helps design meals for all dayparts with popular flavor concepts like Spicy Black Bean, Sun-Dried Tomato Basil and Santa Fe.

 

To begin the BURGERevolutionTM in your dining operation and to purchase Morningstar Farms® and Gardenburger® products, contact your Kellogg's® Food Away From Home Sales Representative, call 877-511-5777 or visit KelloggsFoodAwayFromHome.com/BURGERevolution.

 

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[1] Technomic Burger Trend Report, 2011

[2] Vegetarian Resource Group, 2012

3 Product Evaluations, Veggie Tracker, 12 Months Ending 06/2012


DMA Welcomes New Employees: Matt Kot and Mike Popella

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DMA is pleased to announce that we have two new staff members at DMA.  Matt Kot and Mike Popella have recently joined the DMA team.

Matt Kot

Matt Kot has joined DMA as a National Account Coordinator on January 2nd. Matt is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing communications.  For the last 6 years he has worked at Central Baptist Village, a nursing home in Norridge, Illinois which provides independent living and assisted living services along with skilled nursing and rehabilitation care.  He has held various positions during his time there and most recently has been their Dining Services Supervisor. 

Mike Popella

Mike Popella joined DMA as Director of Account Management on January 6th and will work with with the Account Management Team managing relationships with existing customers.

Mike comes to DMA from Reinhart Foodservice, where he spent 15 very successful years after starting as a Multi-Unit Account Manager in Pittsburgh.  Since 2007, Mike served as the Corporate Business Development Manager for Reinhart and has played a key role as part of the extended DMA senior sales team.

Prior to Reinhart, Mike spent nine years in restaurant and operations management roles with Hoss’s Steak and Sea House and Armstrong Restaurants/Italian Oven.   Mike also served  as Franchise Operations Specialist responsible for 120 Chesapeake Bagel Bakeries & Cafés under the AFC Enterprises umbrella. Mike is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

 

Please join us in welcoming Matt and Mike to the DMA Team!

matt.kot@dmadelivers.com

mike.popella@dmadelivers.com

 


DC of the Year Award: Food Services of America, Portland

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DMA Distribution Center of the Year Award

DMA (Distribution Market Advantage, Inc.) held its annual conference at the Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona November 18 – 21, 2013.

During the awards ceremony on November 20th, DMA presented its Distribution Center of the Year Award to Food Services of America – Portland Division.  The criteria that we use to make this selection are: Fill rate; new customer support; customer support in low density markets; and customer satisfaction scores.

Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA commented as the winner of this award: “Food Services of America Portland location received this award because of their great performance; high percentage in customer satisfaction; high scores in inventory management and fill rates.”   Food Services of America Portland was selected from over 90 warehouses in the DMA network.  Todd Stromme, President of FSA Portland’s branch was in attendance to accept the award along with President and CEO of FSA Corporate, Doug Minert and his team.

Learn more about Food Services of America at www.fsafood.com

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DMA Announces Shareholder of the Year: Gordon Food Service

DMA Announces Gordon Food Service as Shareholder of the Year for 2013

December 30, 2013 —Distribution Market Advantage (DMA), a national foodservice distribution system that provides foodservice operators with pricing, distribution and technological advantages, has announced Gordon Food Service as Shareholder of the Year.

This award recognizes the Shareholder that has made the most significant contribution to our valued Chain Operators and to the DMA Organization as a whole. 

 Criteria for this Award include the member's overall Customer Satisfaction Scores, support of Developing Markets, Sales Growth, Strategic Leadership, and Sales Leadership.

 Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA commented during the awards ceremony that, “this company is a perennial leader in Customer Satisfaction; top supporter in Developing Markets; overall sales growth at DMA and selflessly contributes to the thought leadership of DMA.”

This is the 5th time in the last 8 years that Gordon Food Service has been recognized as DMA’s Shareholder of the Year. The award was accepted by the GFS team members: Justin Visser, John Kesterke, Trace Ruback, Rob Schantz, Jeff Snyder, Chris McDonald, Lorie McCosh, and Scott Nicholson.

 

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DMA Names MVP: Rob Schantz, Gordon Food Service

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DMA Announces Most Valuable Sales Professional of the Year –

 Rob Schantz, Gordon Food Service 

December 30, 2013 — Distribution Market Advantage (DMA) honored Rob Schantz, of Gordon Food Service, as the Most Valuable Sales Professional of the year.   The award was presented to Rob at DMA’s award ceremony at its annual fall conference held on November 20th. The ceremony took place at the JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

DMA selects this person on the basis of their sales support and passion for DMA and its customers.   This person must demonstrate the highest values of trust, respect, teamwork, communication, integrity, and responsiveness with their focus on the customer.

Dan Cox, President and CEO of DMA, stated during the DMA annual awards ceremony that “Rob is a major contributor to DMA’s success and is proud to present this award to long time friend and associate Rob Schantz.”

Learn more about DMA at www.dmadelivers.com

Learn more about Gordon Food Service at www.gfs.com


Happy Holidays from DMA!

Happy Holidays from DMA!

 

Back Row, L to R: Jim Slattery, Jack Lawler, Jim Szatkowski, Matt Harvey, Shane Doherty, Bob Sala, Eric Arthur,

 Joseph Keith, Rob Dunstone, Brent Cady, Andy Anthony, Ralph Smith

Middle Row, L to R: Jennifer  Szatkowski, Laurie Mitchell, Nancy Willuweit, Tina Fahrenbruch, Janice Kim, Tracy Kraft , Brendan Clarke, Suzie McKeon

Front Row, L to R: Cindy Buckles, Angie Medema, Denise Diebold, Dan Cox, Jenisse Lamboy, Karen Stecks, Jeri Wassong

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DMA Welcomes New Employee - Jeri Wassong

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DMA is pleased to announce that Jeri Wassong has joined the DMA team as Senior Manager of Supply Chain Analytics.

Jeri comes to DMA with a tremendous background in supply chain analysis and experience in account and sales roles calling on national chain accounts.   Jeri most recently joins us from Strive Logistics, where she was Sales Manager and has been the top sales representative for the last two years.  

Prior to Strive, Jeri spent 8 years in supply chain and account management roles at Penske Logistics and at ArrowStream, where she had responsibility for key customer relationships.   At Penske, Jeri was responsible for network design and directing changes in distribution footprints across the US and in Mexico.  

In addition to several sales awards, Jeri is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Change Agent with solid a Miller-Heiman Sale training background. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Jeri holds an undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University where she majored in Marketing and Logistics Management and has an MBA from Walsh College of Business in Troy, Michigan. 

Jeri is a native of Detroit, Michigan and now lives with her husband John in downtown Chicago.


HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Ham and Turkey Breast

KITCHEN STAPLES ELEVATED TO EXTRAORDINARY

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Two of the most popular sandwich proteins on the menu just got a makeover.

HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Ham and Turkey Breast allow you to rediscover these core items and elevate your menu to new heights.

 

 

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HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Ham and Turkey Breast are first flame-seared to give them a color and flavor that only fire can provide, then slow braised for hours until they are wonderfully tender and flavorful.  Both work beautifully as center of plate, on a carving station, or on sandwiches, and can be served hot or cold.

 

HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Ham and Turkey Breast are whole muscle and use a minimal amount of additional ingredients.  The result is a genuine meat flavor with notes of fire searing. 

 

Exceed customer expectations by offering something familiar, yet highly differentiated. 

Consider how your sandwich menu alone would benefit from products like these, how an ordinary “Roasted Turkey Sandwich” can be transformed into a “Flame Braised Turkey Sandwich” or “Fire Seared Turkey Sandwich”.

 

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And let’s not forget that when your menu items have a clear point of difference, you can charge more for those dishes. 

 Capture additional revenue. Build loyalty and new business.  Get noticed and take credit.

HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Ham and Turkey Breast delivers on all of these.               

To learn more about these two products, as well as the complete line of HORMEL® FIRE BRAISED™ Meats, visit www.hormelfoodservice.com/firebraised or contact Bob Waldron at rwwaldron@hormel.com or 1-800-533-2000 ext. 5662

 Click to Download: FireBraised_Ad_SellSheet.pdf

 


SCA Tork Xpressnap AD-a-Glance® Display Contest

Help the hungry; Enter to Win!

Children that struggle with hunger do not look any different from other kids in their classrooms or neighborhoods, but they’re suffering from an invisible struggle. In the United States, childhood hunger affects one in five children. In Canada, 38 percent of those helped by food banks are children.  

SCA, the makers of Tork® branded products, has teamed up with the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Banks Canada in an effort to help break down the barriers that prevent families from receiving regular and healthy meals. 

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Tork Xpressnap® napkin dispensing system, SCA will make a donation to the No Kid Hungry campaign (for U.S. participants) and Food Banks Canada (for Canadian participants) for every Xpressnap AD-a-Glance created or submitted online to TorkUSA.com/EveryGlance, from September 4th – October 31st, to ensure that children are getting the nutritious food they need to live, learn and grow.

Foodservice operators and consumers are encouraged to help connect hungry kids with meals by creating or submitting an AD-a-Glance online and voting for their favorite designs.  SCA is also awarding $1000 to ten operators with the ‘Most Creative,’ ‘Most Original’ and ‘Most Popular.’ submissions. 

Entry is simple and participants can share their AD-a-Glance across social media platforms and encourage family, friends & colleagues to participate and support the cause. 

SCA will be donating up to $5 for each AD-a-Glance submission.* Through the No Kid Hungry campaign, just $5 can help connect a child in need with up to 50 meals.** And just $1 to Food Banks Canada helps them acquire and share $20 worth of food.   Participating in the promotion is a quick, easy way to make a difference in the lives of hungry children in North America.  

No Kid Hungry is taking major steps to end childhood hunger in America through access, education and awareness. Food Banks Canada and its Say No To Hunger campaign aims to meet the short-term needs of hunger and work for far-reaching social change.

For more information on how to participate, please visit the Every Glance is a Chance website (TorkUSA.com/EveryGlance) and follow the instructions.


Shane Doherty Joins DMA: VP, Business Development

September 2013

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Schaumburg IL - Shane Doherty Joins Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. (DMA) as Vice President, Business Development

Shane comes to DMA from VGM Club, Resorts & Gaming and VGM Client Rewards, a member services based group purchasing solutions provider, where he was the Vice President, Business Development.  While at VGM, he oversaw growth into expanded targeted market segments. 

“I’m genuinely delighted to join DMA,” said Doherty. “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that since 1988, promotes, creates and delivers customized distribution and supply chain solutions for multi-unit operators in the foodservice industry. I’m very eager to be part of DMA, a company that values trust, respect, team work, communication, integrity and responsiveness. At the end of the day, DMA’s focus is on the customer, whether they’re a growing multi-unit operator with the need for supply chain management tools or a large operator with deep supply chain resources. Knowing that DMA can customize a solution to optimize within their customers environments is superior. I unequivocally agree with their approach and am looking forward to working at DMA.”

Prior to VGM, Shane spent 8 years with Avendra, where he was Director, National Accounts providing strategic solutions to golf and country clubs, upscale boutique lodging and tribal gaming in the areas of supply chain management, procurement assessment, analysis, and purchasing efficiencies throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Prior to that, Shane worked in the clothing industry in business development and sales with lifestyle brands based in Orange County, California catering to golf and country clubs, better men’s specialty and retail.  

DMA is thrilled to add someone of Shane Doherty’s experience and business sensibilities to our team as Vice President, Business Development,” said Dan Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Considering his impressive track record across multiple disciplines and his familiarity with doing business with various entities including restaurants, gaming, country clubs, lodging, etc., we feel Shane will provide significant contributions to our continued success, one that relies on unity and the ability to have aligned interests with our customers.”

Shane graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Retailing and Consumer Studies while minoring in Spanish and International Business. 

 

Contact Information:

Shane Doherty, Vice President, Business Devlopment

(847) 252-1167

Shane.doherty@dmadelivers.com


Nicholas & Co. Breaks Ground in North Las Vegas

August 27, 2013 – Mayor of North Las Vegas, Nevada, John Lee, joined Peter Mouskondis, President and CEO of Nicholas and Company, and others today to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Nicholas and Company Food Service Distribution Center.

The groundbreaking took place in North Las Vegas on the grounds of the new facility off of I-15 on 5670 Linn Lane.

"I am thrilled to see Nicholas and Company choose North Las Vegas for its new food service distribution center," Mayor Lee said. "They will be providing 95 jobs for our families, and I look forward to working with them to become a larger part of our community.”

Nicholas and Company is now the largest independent broad-line distributor in the Intermountain West, with a distribution center based out of Salt Lake City, serving Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, south-west of Montana, eastern Oregon and northern Arizona.

Peter Mouskondis shared, “Growing up, it was great to see Las Vegas evolve. Traveling to Las Vegas was something that we always loved as a family and thought that it would be a thriving community for us to serve and continue to grow as a company.  It was always in our plans to someday come into the Las Vegas market and possibly build-today is that monumental day.”

The distribution center is expected to be finished by May 2014 and operational soon after.

About Nicholas and Company

Nicholas and Company is a Shareholder Member of Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. (DMA).

Founded in 1939 by Nicholas Mouskondis and continuing through our current third-generation leadership, Nicholas and Company prides itself on delivering the highest quality products and services to our valued customers. Our focus on customers and team members has earned us numerous awards: including the Best of State award for food distribution in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and recognized as a Best Company to Work for in 2005 and 2011 from Utah Business Magazine.

Nicholas and Company has a business culture focused on creating mutual success with our customers.  We employ a team of food service experts, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology, and exemplary food safety practices.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and our website www.nicholasandco.com

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U S Chemical Wins Reinhart FoodService Award

DMA's manufacturer program member, U S Chemical, received Reinhart FoodService's Supplier of the Year Awards. Reinhart FoodService is a Shareholder of DMA.

Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. (Reinhart) named U S Chemical Corporation as the 2013 Supplier of the Year at Reinhart’s Traditions Sales & Merchandising Conference Supplier of the Year Awards Show in June 2013. Supplier recipients were recognized for their commitment to quality, food safety and innovation, as well as value they bring to Reinhart and its customers.

Reinhart Supplier of the Year Awards were presented to winners across 8 Category Awards and 6 Department Awards, as well as the 2013 Supplier of the Year Award. The winning suppliers were selected by the leaders of Reinhart’s divisions from over 1,000 vendors based on performance key metrics and alignment with Reinhart strategy.

John Roussel, Chief Executive Officer of Reinhart, said “We are proud of the partnerships we are building across Reinhart and the support that our supplier partners continue to bring to our sales initiatives. We recognize that in order for Reinhart to bring value to our operators, we need to engage our vendors. The Supplier Awards recognize those vendors that throughout 2012 brought incremental value to our focus and embraced our strategies.”

DMA would like to congratulate U S Chemical on receiving this prestigious award.
 


SCA Tork: Tabletop Marketing

Research finds tabletop marketing is key to driving repeat business

Tork® and the National Restaurant Association recently conducted a joint research study focusing on the effectiveness of various marketing assets and messaging. 

The study examined five marketing assets common to restaurants - menus, table-top tents, placemats, napkin dispensers and napkins – and found that tabletop marketing can drive repeat business and inspire recommendations at foodservice establishments.

To view the findings from the joint study download the NRA Research Infographic PDF. 

Click here to read the full press release.  To create custom AD-a-Glance messages for Tork Xpressnap dispensers visit www.torkusa.com/adaglance
 


SCA Tork Tabletop Marketing

On The Red Carpet at DMA's Cocktail Party

DMA hosted a large crowd of industry peers at its annual cocktail party on Friday, May 17, 2013 in the Astor Ballroom at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.

The party was held the day before the National Restaurant Association Show kicked off their annual convention in Chicago. 

Along with DMA’s Distributor Shareholder Members; the attendee list also included various Chain Operators, Manufacturer partners and Technology partners.

Thank you to all of our attendees!

DMA's Laurie Mitchell with Kellogg's Robin Feldmand and Potbelly's Andrew Raabe
 Randy Moore, Jacmar; Eric Arthur, DMA; Jack Odachowski, BBRG; Jim Slattery, DMA
Tony Groll, President of Gordon Food Serivce and Bob Sala, Founder of DMA

Melting Pot Awards DMA and Gordon Food Service

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The Melting Pot recognized DMA as the Diamond Partner during the Melting Pot’s 2013 Annual Franchisee Reunion held April 13th – 18th.  The event was held in Cancun, Mexico.

At the same conference, Jill Larsen, National Chain Manager at Gordon Food Service was awarded the Distributor Distinguished Service Award.   

We are also proud to announce that Gordon Food Service was recognized as The Melting Pot’s Distributor Partner of the Year for 2013.  


Jeff Snyder of Gordon Food Service was in attendance to accept the Distributor Partner Award and Jill Larsen was in attendance and accepted her Distributor Distinguished Service Award.  

Dan Ammen, Distribution and Logistics Manager of The Melting Pot Restaurants commented on the awards for GFS and Jill, “The Melting Pot is proud to partner with Gordon Food Service and DMA.  Given their-leading supply chain management tools, they have assisted us in reaching a new level of supply chain efficiency.”

The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, Fla. - just outside of Orlando. It was a cozy, quaint location and its first menu consisted of just three items: Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert.  Today, with more than 137 locations across 37 states and with more than 25 locations under development, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is the country's premier fondue restaurant franchise. At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable experience where patrons can dip into something different - and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.

 

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DMA Gold Sponsor: NRA Supply Chain Study Executive Group

DMA is proud to be a gold sponsor for the National Restaurant Association's Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group. The event is May 16-17, 2013 in Chicago.

The National Restaurant Association’s Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group is a unique, specialized resource devoted to keeping you current with the latest developments in your field and successfully meeting its challenges.

The Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group efficiently delivers information and answers that are specific to the issues you face daily, from increasing commodity and wholesale food prices to inventory management challenges. The group is your window on what fellow restaurant industry leaders are doing and which strategies they have found work best.

Join us and supply chain executives from the nation’s leading restaurant companies for two days of panel discussions, receptions, expert speakers and interactive roundtable sessions on emerging supply chain issues.

Click here to learn more about the event and to register.




The National Restaurant Association logo is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association.

U S Chemical MicroTech: Superior Results

U S Chemical’s Multi-Unit Account Program is designed to provide customers with a consistent, quality, safe and environmentally friendly sanitation program for all of their locations.

Our quality line of microTECH™ products are designed to provide you with superior results, employee safety, and environmentally responsible packaging. Included in the program are employee training, instructional wall charts and service. Training, service and product delivery will be provided by U S Chemical trained, regionally located distributors.

Click here to download microTECH trial ad





SCA Releases Tork Report

New Tork Report Reveals Sustainability Gap

SCA has released its third annual Tork Report. The research conducted for this 2012 version found growing concerns in business and consumer attitudes toward sustainability and hygiene. The report highlights areas where companies have made progress in improving sustainability goals but also identifies trends that have taken a step backward.
Some interesting findings include . . .

  • 92 percent of U.S. consumers said they will complain about an unfavorable dining-out experience. Of those respondents, nearly 25 percent will bring up issues regarding cleanliness.

  • Ninety-six percent of unhappy restaurant patrons are "likely" to share a complaint with family or friends and, of those, 65 percent are "very likely" to do so.

  • 60 percent said they were at least somewhat likely to share that complaint with their social media networks while 65 percent said they are at least somewhat likely to share a complaint on a restaurant review site

Read our press release to learn more or download the full report from torkusa.com
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DMA Survey: How Are We Doing?

DMA Implements On-Demand Survey

DMA creates and delivers customized distribution and supply chain solutions for multi-unit operators in the foodservice industry. We assure multi-unit operators their units will receive the right product, in the right condition, at the right price and at the right time.

In an effort to increase our customer satisfaction, we have implemented a survey on the front page of this website. We are interested in your opinion regarding our service.

If you are a current customer, please take a moment to take a brief, 3 question survey on the front of our website.


Ben E. Keith Breaks Ground in Houston

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Ben E. Keith Foods, the eighth largest institutional foodservice distributor in the nation, based in Fort Worth, Texas, broke ground today for its 475,000 sq ft distribution center on 82 acres in Missouri City, located in the southwestern Houston Metro area. Expected completion date for the facility is late 2012 or early 2013.

Robbie Fish, General Manager for the Houston Division welcomed the crowd of 340 well wishers and local officials. “We’ve been delivering groceries and building relationships in this area for twenty years, and now we will have a home. The favorite saying of our founder, Ben E. Keith, was ‘Pioneering is eternal’, and we live by his words today. This warehouse will be the very first foodservice distribution center in the country using a double deep automated storage and retrieval system, providing high density storage and ergonomically convenient putaway and selection capabilities for our employees,” he said.

Green building initiatives are being utilized with the goal of achieving LEEDS Gold status for the division offices.
 
Ben E. Keith Foods President, Mike Roach, said, “We are here today to break ground on a facility that is the culmination of the efforts of a vast number of folks. Our thanks go out to each and every one. We look forward with great anticipation to the day when we can service our current and future customers from this new facility.”
  
Both Missouri City Mayor, Allen Owen, and Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council President Jeff Wiley lauded the project as a great benefit for the city and county in terms of the estimated 300 jobs for local residents as well as the significant increase to the tax base.
  
Ben E. Keith Foods, established in 1906 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is currently comprised of six foodservice distribution centers and one systems distribution center servicing eleven states.  To learn more about Ben E. Keith Foods, please visit www.benekeith.com

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Kellogg's® Foodservice: Kashi® Cereal and Versatile Crackers

Kashi® The #1 All Natural Cereal Brand is pleased to announce that Kashi® Heart to Heart® IBOX®and BOWL pack cereal are now available in foodservice.

Light, sweet and and crunchy Kashi® Heart to Heart® Honey toasted cereal is a combination of toasted oats, hearts made with whole grain oats and our unique blend of Seven Whole Grains. When consumers can't be home, Kashi® is the ideal choice in restaurants, healthcare and lodging-away-from-home.

Did you know? Kellogg's also offers a wide selection of crackers. Answer guests' desire for quality appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and simple additions with affordable, versatile Kellogg's crackers!


Download: Kelloggs Kashi Brochure

Download: Kellogg's Cracker Full Brochure

For more information contact your Kellogg’s Food Away From Home sales representative or call 877-511-5777 or visit:

www.kelloggsfoodawayfromhome.com


Lamb Weston Tantalizers Appetizers®

Innovations in taste for first impressions that last!!

While food fads may come and go, Lamb Weston Tantalizers® brand appetizers are destined to be a classic.  For well over 50 years, Lamb Weston’s unwavering commitment to quality, consistency and innovation has helped our customers build their businesses.  We’ve built our industry-leading reputation by continually revolutionizing products and processing techniques that help make great first impressions that last.

The same quality that made Lamb Weston brand potatoes famous is also the foundation for our line of classic and innovative appetizers.  Tantalizers® is a complete line of fun and profitable finger foods that will get menus – and customers’ meals – off to a good start!

We are continually investing in state-of-the-art product development and processing facilities.  Our chef inspired flavor formulations keep Operators on top of the latest culinary trends.  And, the finest ingredients are coupled with proprietary processing and packaging techniques to provide a competitive advantage that can’t be found anywhere else.  Tantalizers® has the products and flavor profiles Operators need to create a desirable and profitable difference that will captivate guests right from the start.
•    Our new dipNside™ appetizers are a completely new concept in appetizer fare.  We put hot and flavorful appetizer dips inside creatively crispy crusts for a totally fun, totally sharable menu item.
•    Seasoned with Flavors of the World®, our premium World Rings® feature enticingly exotic flavors that add a truly unique, international accent to the menu.
•    Our complete line of Tantalizers® Onion Rings use only high quality sweet Spanish onions for big sweet onion flavor.
•    The crisp and delicious Stuffed Spudz® line now offers a total of six flavorful combinations, including a breakfast snack stick.
•    And our new Suprema Mozzarella Sticks are 4” long, coated in our exclusive golden, garlic butter breading and, like all our cheese sticks, are made with the finest quality Mozzarella cheese.

Today, consumers are seeking foods that are fun, shareable and handheld.  They’re after scaled-down portions, smaller plates and easy ways to experiment and share, turning to appetizers to satisfy these needs.  The right selection and attention to starters on a menu can build check averages, customer satisfaction and repeat business.

No matter what customers order, the first taste sets the stage for the rest of the dining experience and can determine whether a first-time guest turns into a repeat customer—with Lamb Weston Tantalizers® brand appetizers.

Discover a world of flavor, visit www.tantalizers.com or call 1-800-766-7783

Cargill: Harvest Provisions Offers Solutions

Operational efficiency is vital to maintaining a successful foodservice operation today. Operators need quality products that consistently satisfy customer expectations as well as labor-saving convenience and inventory control to manage costs.

That’s why Cargill Meat Solutions offers the Harvest Provisions brand… a complete line of meats that brings tremendous flavor and versatility to commercial, non-commercial and retail foodservice operations.

The Harvest Provisions brand offers cooked beef, turkey, pork and select specialty products that employ the time-honored principles of quality and value at every step in the production process. Starting with the finest raw ingredients that meet the most discriminating standards and utilizing traditional roasting and cooking techniques, the Harvest Provisions brand is able to maximize each protein’s full potential. The result is a complete assortment of products with extraordinary menu and deli applications:



Beef
- Pre-seasoned and slow-roasted using proprietary recipes, Harvest Provisions cooked beef products combine the traditional, authentic flavors your guests deserve with the quality assurance you demand.



Turkey
- For delicious entrees, enticing carving stations and signature sandwiches, Harvest Provisions turkey products offer premium taste with a moist, tender texture.

Pork - Tender, succulent and flavorful ham offerings as well as raw and precooked premium bacon that are sure to please even the most discriminating patrons.

Sliced Meats
- For ultimate labor-saving convenience and consistently high quality, Harvest Provisions pre-sliced meats are perfect for sandwich, deli and buffet applications.

Specialty Meats - Easy to menu and simple to prepare, Harvest Provisions specialty products include minute medallions, bratwurst and wings that provide variety, versatility and convenience.

What’s more, because every operator has specific menu needs, the Harvest Provisions brand offers three distinct tiers of quality:

Harvest Provisions Gold
- Quite simply, the gold standard. The most tender, flavorful meats you can serve your customers.

Harvest Provisions Silver
- A premium line of cooked meats that is sure to please discerning customers.

Harvest Provisions Bronze
- Popularly priced meats that offer a multitude of cost-effective menu applications.

More than ever, running a successful operation requires a total operational approach to menu development and cost management. The Harvest Provisions brand offers a complete multi-protein meat solution program that helps operators achieve their performance goals.

For more information, please visit us at:  www.cargillfoodservice.com 

SCA Presents: Let's Talk Tork!

Let’s Talk Tork is a holistic savings campaign designed to do one thing: guarantee that our innovative processes and products help save you money.

SAVINGS - We absolutely guarantee you’ll save when you switch from traditional products to Tork products. With Tork solutions you’ll reduce usage, maintenance and labor, and save on cost-in-use. Make a difference starting now.

HYGIENE - The consequences and costs of poor hygiene in the washroom just aren’t worth the risk. Protect yourself from employee absenteeism, cross-contamination and foodborne illness with Tork hands-free solutions.

ENVIRONMENT - You don’t have to drop green to go green. With Tork, your products come from the greenest tissue manufacturer in the world. With our holistic processes you’ll help save valuable natural resources at no extra cost to your business.

PARTNERSHIP - You’re getting a lot more than innovative solutions with Tork; you’re forming a partnership with a company whose commitment to customer service, ethics and sustainability is unparalleled in this industry.

What does it mean for your business?

Guaranteed savings. Better hygiene. A plan to reduce your environmental impact. A partnership with a business committed to making a difference.

       
SCA Tissue North America is one of the three largest producers of Away-From-Home tissue products in North America. We are committed to developing innovations that improve our customers' businesses and their bottom lines. We accomplish this through a creative use of technology, supported by unparalleled, customer-focused service.


For more information go to www.talktork.com or www.torkusa.com


Pilgrim's Pride: Pierce Boneless Chicken

Pierce Chicken's Boneless Wing Dings and Wing Zings Continue to Deliver

Since their inception, these sibling products to the number-one best selling chicken wings brand in foodservice have quickly become national favorites by wing consumers looking for healthier options and operators seeking to build crowds with a proven sales generator.

Of course, much of this success is attributable to the fact that our boneless products were derived from well established, original Pierce Chicken recipes. The Wing Dings have a golden breading and a mild, versatile flavor, while Wing-Zings offer a one-of-a-kind peppery "zing". The boneless variety is made from high-quality solid-muscle breast meat, and is fully cooked to provide heat-and-serve convenience from the fryer, conventional oven or pizza oven.

Boneless Wing Dings Boneless Wing Zings

In addition, their breading holds sauces well, making them a preferred vehicle for communicating proprietary flavors. It's also a healthier product than its bone-in counterpart, presenting consumers with a lower-fat option and operators a simple, convenient way to energize menus with on-trend patron appeal and profit. For more information on our top performing boneless wings and to view our full line of products, please visit our Pilgrim's Pride website,

www.poultry.com


DMA Discusses Menu Trends

At Left: Moderator Kathy Gaynor, Business Manager of Technomic, Inc.

DMA hosted a panel discussion “Operator Menu Trends” November 18, 2009 during our annual conference.  It was held at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Restaurateurs are searching for any way possible to entice guests into their locations.  Given the choices of restaurants these days, menu selection plays a significant role in the success of driving traffic and increasing sales.  Our topic of the panel discussion revolved around the Menu Trend Presentation which included “What’s Happening, What Works, What Doesn’t”.

Kathy Gaynor, Business Manager of Technomic, Inc.  moderated the panel which included Tim Miller, Director of Supply Chain, Qdoba Restaurant, Inc. and John Allegretto, Chief Supply Chain Office of B.J.’s Restaurants.  We wanted to give our audience information on the latest trends; find out what has changed in menu planning over the past year and identify what are the supply chain implications.  The use of social networking sites to promote menu offers was also discussed. 

Audience members included Distributor/Shareholders, Chain Operators and Manufacturers.



L to R:  John Allegretto, Chief Supply Chain Office of B.J.’s Restaurants; Kathy Gaynor, Business Manager of Technomic, Inc. and Tim Miller, Director of Supply Chain of Qdoba Restaurant, Inc.



L to R:   Moderator Kathy Gaynor, Business Manager of Technomic, Inc.;  John Allegretto, Chief Supply Chain Office of B.J.’s Restaurants and Tim Miller, Director of Supply Chain of Qdoba Restaurant, Inc.




DMA Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season!

Standing Back Row (L to R): Tracy Kraft, Jenisse Lamboy, Angie Chin, Denise Diebold

Standing Middle Row (L to R): Ralph Smith, Brent Cady, Jim Szatkowski, Jim Slattery, Jennifer Szatkowski, Janice Kim, Tina Fahrenbruch, Joseph Keith, Andy Anthony, Suzie McKeon, Spencer Peterson, Chuck Henderson

Seated (L to R): Dan Cox, John Ceraulo, Bob Sala, Jack Lawler, Scott Sanders

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Enhancements Coming Soon!

As part of DMA’s on-going commitment to provide our customers with industry leading technology, we are proud to announce significant changes to the On-Line Report Manager, debuting in August 2009. Our Web based data analytics application, powered by PivotLink, will be migrated to an enhanced version with new features such as:
  • Cleaner  & more intuitive user interface that puts the emphasis on the data
  • Drag and drop functionality for easier report customization
  • User controlled dashboards for spectacular data visualization
  • Dashboard sharing for greater organizational collaboration
  • Subfolders to better organize your custom reports

“We continue making investments to enhance our supply chain tools to address customer needs and this is another step along that path,” commented Bob Sala, President and CEO of Distribution Market Advantage.  Quentin Gallivan, President and CEO of PivotLink added “DMA has continuously provided excellent feedback and suggestions gathered from their customers and staff which has helped us to shape our analytics tool.”

For more information, please contact Jim Szatkowski at (847)252-1973 or jim.szatkowski@dmasupport.com


New User Controlled Dashboard Canvas


Genpak Introduces the Harvest Collection

Genpak has introduced a full line of compostable products under its Harvest Collection brand. These products look and feel like traditional high end plastic service ware; but when introduced into a commercially run compost facility, will completely break down and turn into rich useful compost within 90 to 180 days. Also, all Harvest Collection items are BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified compostable to meet ASTM D6400 standards and are produced using annually renewable resources such as corn. To learn more please visit our web site at:

www.harvestcollection.com





Kellogg's Grab N' Go Assortment

Great tasting trusted brands for all day tasting solutions. Ideal for small and large operators with cash operations like golf courses, delis, hotels, hospitals, colleges, schools, and many more.

Snack Grab N’ Go Assortment contain 84 units and includes these brands

* Kellogg’s® Pop-Tarts® – 2 varieties

* Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Bars

* Kellogg’s® Special K Bars®- Strawberry

* Kellogg’s® Nutri-Grain Bars®-Strawberry

* Cheez-it® Snack Crackers -2 varieties

* Famous Amos® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ask for Kellogg Code # 38000-45234

For more information contact your Kellogg’s Food Away From Home sales representative or call 877-511-5777 or visit:

www.kelloggsfoodawayfromhome.com



ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston: Sweet Things® Sweet Potato Products

Sweet potatoes are one of the hottest trends in foodservice today, and ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is making it simple for operators to meet patron demand for this incredibly popular vegetable.

Naturally sweet with a bright, vivid color and crisp, tender texture, Lamb Weston brand Sweet Things® are available in a wide variety of cuts and styles that appeal to an ever-expanding audience looking to try something a little different, a little tastier, and a little more nutritious.  Coated with our patented, transparent Stealth® coating, all of our sweet potato products contain zero grams trans fat and feature a smooth interior texture and an appealing exterior crispness in every bite.

“We know sweet potatoes are in demand,” says Helene Clark, Lamb Weston’s Director of Marketing—Health & Wellness Platforms.  “And as with all our new product development, our goal is to give Operators quality options to meet consumer needs and to help them grow their businesses.” 

  • According to a 2007 Technomic online survey, per-capita consumption of sweet potatoes has grown 21% in the last five years.* Two-thirds of consumers believe sweet potatoes are more nutritious than other vegetables.
  • Datassential Research reports that 40% of consumers are more likely to visit a restaurant that serves sweet potato fries.
  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) ranks sweet potatoes as the #1 super-food for better health.
Perfect as a main fry offering or second fry option, sweet potato products offer a tasty way to build incremental sales.  Plus, Lamb Weston supports its products with menu ideas and a broad range of merchandising materials.

For more information about Sweet Things® visit www.lambweston.com or call 1-800-766-7783.

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is a brand of ConAgra Foods Inc. (NYSE: CAG), one of North America’s leading packaged food companies, serving grocery retailers, as well as restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Popular ConAgra Foods consumer brands include: Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Hunt’s, Marie Callender’s, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, and many others.  For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.




Hormel: "The Freshest Scratch Flavor Comes From The Pouch"

Now you can serve hearty, scratch-quality chili without the work.  The STAGG® Scratch Chili Pouch serves up hot and delicious every time, so your customers get the consistently superior chili they expect �?? filled with generous chunks of meat, two kinds of beans, veggies, and a rich, zesty blend of spices �?? just like chili you make yourself.

Looking for a really thick chili?  Why not try the STAGG® Original Chili Pouch.  This Chili Beans with Beef product is jammed full of beans with some chunks of beef too.  The product will satisfy the hunger in any customer on a cold, winter day.

FEATURES & BENEFITS
  • Consistent, Scratch�??Quality flavor your patrons will love �?? and come back for.
  • Shelf-Stable Packaging �?? No freezing or refrigerated needed.  Get your chili back on the shelf and use that valuable freezer space to buy-in on high-priced protein deals.
  • No thawing required �?? Never �??86�?� your chili again.
  • Heat in the bag �?? Boil, cook or steam right in the bag.  Cleaning up isn�??t a chore anymore.
  • There is a handle on each pouch �?? Safely remove from boiling water.
  • No can-opener needed �?? No sharp edges to worry about.
  • Less Bulky Waste than cans �?? Why pay more to have your trash taken away?�??

Hormel # 42980       STAGG® Original Chili Pouch  4/108oz
Hormel # 42983       STAGG® Scratch Chili Pouch  4/108oz

www.hormelfoodservice.com