SPRING 2020 Sponsors
BelGioioso Cheese Inc.Bridget Molthen Marketing Director
Frank Alfaro Director Foodservice & Export Sales
Steve Stapleton National Accounts Manager, Corporate Chef
The BelGioioso story began over a century ago when the great-grandfather of BelGioioso President, Errico Auricchio, founded a cheese company based on a philosophy of excellence. When Errico came to America, he scoured the United States in search of the highest quality milk to begin his goal of making exceptional specialty cheeses. It was in Wisconsin, “America’s Dairyland”, that he found the dedicated farmers and abundant green pastures and corn fields that produce superior milk. Wisconsin milk was and still is simply unbeatable.
In addition to his immediate family, Errico also brought with him two master cheesemakers, Mauro and Gianni. To these gentlemen, making cheese isn’t a job, it’s a calling. Together, Errico, Mauro & Gianni began by making cheeses familiar to American consumers such as Provolone, Parmesan and Romano.BelGioioso’s commitment to tradition and excellence carries with it the value of knowing how to make Italian cheeses just as they were long ago from recipes passed down by generations. As the company has grown, the passion for tradition and quality has never diminished. Tradition, selection of ingredients, location and artisan inspiration are cardinal pillars that make BelGioioso cheesemakers the greatest interpreters of the best Italian cheeses in the US.
Bush Brothers & CompanyBen Carpenter Associate Brand Manager, Foodservice
Joe Genther Regional Sales Manager, Northeast
Tammy Shepardson Regional Sales Manager, Southeast
Matthew Luaders Culinary Director
Bush's Best® products are power-packed with the best selection of beans, flavors, and kitchen-friendly uses around. Any audience, any time of day, any part of the menu, we can help you find ways to wow your guests with beans. Today, Bush's Best® is the preferred brand among consumers-with 91% retail awareness. Consequently, it's the brand they expect to find in your establishment. With the first-pick-advantage among our growers, we start with the best from the very beginning. From there, the process is streamlined to preserve the integrity of the beans and deliver the best flavor. We also have to give a lot of credit to our energy-efficient hydrostatic cookers, which bring unparalleled consistency to the final product. Committed to doing things the right way since 1908.
ChobaniJake Briere Corporate Chef
Lloyd Larkins Senior National Account Manager
Let's make something good together. Team up with us and get the great-tasting tools you need to breathe life into your business. Triple strained to be thick and creamy, Chobani® Greek Yogurt is delectable magic in the making. Whether stocking a branded fridge with your favorite Chobani grab-and-go items or brainstorming new menu ideas, we are here for you. Our Greek Yogurt is more than just a delicious base for smoothies, parfaits, and sauces; it also enriches traditional recipes and makes a healthy substitution for higher-calorie ingredients like mayonnaise and sour cream. With the guidance of our in-house culinary staff, we'll develop ways to make Chobani® Greek Yogurt a unique, essential part of your menu.
Diversified Foods and SeasoningsPaula Costa Bravo Senior Director of Sales & Business Developement
Alfred Castro Director of Culinary
Paul Rockwell Corporate Chef
Diversified Foods and Seasonings is a leading food manufacturing company headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana. Our facility in Madisonville, Louisiana has the capabilities to produce retail-size bowls and flexible pouches as well as food service flexible pouches in either a refrigerated or frozen format. In Nebraska City, Nebraska, we make a wide variety of frozen or refrigerated dishes in flexible pouches ranging from one pound to six pounds for our food service customers. Think of perfectly seasoned cooked meat mixes for filling burritos, or the creamiest macaroni and cheese imaginable, or a truly zesty BBQ dish – these are just a few of the delicious foods we create here. At Diversified, we not only make fantastic-tasting food – we also develop the ingredients that make food taste better. For example, we manufacture proprietary custom blended dry marinades, gravies, sauces, batters and breading. Our products help to create the kind of succulent fried chicken everyone loves – with just the right spice levels in the breading. Or the delicious brown gravy that makes a hot roast beef sandwich so delectable. Our culinary team will work hand-in-hand with you to achieve the best
Essity North America Brand, Inc.Bill Stutzman Key Account Manager
Kristen Duperre Key Account Manager Professional Hygiene
Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through our products and solutions, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Essity has about 48,000 employees and sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands Tork and TENA, and other strong regional brands. The Tork brand offers dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries.
Hershey Foodservice is the industry’s leading branded sweet ingredient, snack and refreshment supplier. We offer a wide range of products that meet your snacks/ convenience, toppings, baking/culinary and specialty beverage needs including chips, syrups, fudge, cocoa, and chopped ingredients as well as impulse sales products like candy, snacks, gum, and mints. Our research capabilities give you access to the latest trends that help identify menu opportunities, insights and ideas unique to your restaurant chain in areas which help drive your business forward such as snacking, impulse, specialty beverage, sharable desserts, toppings and/or nostalgia. In fact, our brands increase purchase intent and average check, driving traffic and repeat business. Just ask our foodservice team of experts!
Idahoan FoodsAndrew Macfarlane Culinary and Technical Sales
Jennifer Fargey Director of Multi-Unit & Strategic Accounts
Rich Newville Director of Sales, South
For almost 60 years, the name Idahoan has stood for the highest quality potatoes in the world. Of course, it isn’t just our potatoes that are Idahoan. Back in 1960, a group of Eastern Idaho’s potato growers and local businessmen joined forces to share their potatoes with the world. Our products are renowned for their perfect flavor and texture by foodservice operators and their customers alike. At Idahoan, our potatoes are the best because potatoes are all we do. We control every aspect of our production process – something most competitors can’t say. Our potatoes are custom-grown for our recipes – and we’ve used our 58 years of experience to develop proprietary cooking techniques that deliver superior flavor and texture in every serving. For more information, visit www.idahoanfoodservice.com. Follow Idahoan Foods on Facebook and Twitter.
Jones Dairy Farms/Sunshine BurgerBecky Cambridge National Account Sales Manager and Corporate Chef
Kate Lulloff National Account Sales Manager and Corporate Chef
Sunshine Burgers – From the Land, Not the Lab! The Original Whole Food, Organic Plant based Veggie Burgers. Founded in 1983 and true to recipes created in a farmhouse kitchen, all our Sunshine Burgers are made with deliciously simple organic, non-GMO whole food ingredients. Available in 3 flavors: Garden Herb, Southwestern, & Shiitake Mushroom. Sunshine Burgers are quick, convenient, and exceptionally versatile. Each burger is individually wrapped. The burgers are Gluten free and made without soy, corn, oats, wheat, dairy, eggs, tree nuts or peanuts. Perfect for anyone seeking pure and simple plant based options.
Maple LeafAdam Bottorff National Account Manager
Daniel Burrows Chef
Traci Mangiapane Director of Sales
Maple Leaf Foods-A Sustainable Protein Company We are proud of our roots, which we can trace back over 100 years, but our vision and purpose are decidedly forward looking. As we pursue our vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, we work to reconnect families with the goodness of food. We are helping to transform the world’s food system so that it can survive, and thrive, for generations to come. Our History Maple Leaf Foods shares DNA with many of Canada’s historic food companies – from the William Davies Company to Canada Packers. In 1961, Maple Leaf Mills was created through the amalgamation of Maple Leaf Milling Company, Toronto Elevators and Purity Flour Mills Limited – which traced its history to 1836 and the founding of Grantham Mills. Three decades later, Maple Leaf Mills came together with Canada Packers to create Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s largest food processor. McCain Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board acquired controlling interest in the new company in 1995. Throughout Maple Leaf’s long history, we have adapted to better feed the evolving palette of Canada – and the world. We continue to Raise the Good in Food. It’s who we are, as a company and as individuals.
Nestlé WatersAnthony Ventricelli Food Service Division Manager – West
Nestlé Waters - The Healthy Hydration Company, created in 1992, is the water division of the Nestlé Group and the number one bottled water company worldwide. Our product portfolio consists of 50 unique brands with water making up approximately 89% of our product portfolio. The remaining 11% of our portfolio is made up of ‘Ready to Drink Tea and other beverages’ and include our Nestea and San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages. We produce leading global and local brands across our 95 production facilities including our billion-liter-plus brands - Nestlé Pure Life, Poland Spring, Vittel, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Al Manhal, Ozarka, Erikli, Ice Mountain. Our top brands generate +500 million CHF in value each year and include - Perrier, S. Pellegrino, Poland Spring, and Nestlé Pure Life, our number one bottled water brand, generating over 2 billion CHF. We have various well-known national or regional brands such as - Acqua Panna, Buxton, and La Vie.
New Orleans RoastAlan Guilbeau Executive Vice President
New Orleans Roast started roasting coffee in the Marigny District, blocks from the French Quarter, in 2008. Take a trip on the Mississippi River and you’ll smell 100% Arabica coffee beans being small batched roasted at our Roasting Facility. Led by Roast Master Felton Jones, the New Orleans Roast team proudly shares the passion and commitment to excellence as PJ’s Coffee. With over 20 years of roasting experience, Felton Jones is responsible for perfecting the flavor profiles of all New Orleans Roast products. New Orleans Roast can be enjoyed at multiple outlets, ranging from hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, offices, airports, and more. We strive to provide a high-quality cup of coffee wherever you are.
Oregon Fruit Products LLC is one of the nation’s leading marketers of specialty fruits and fruit purees. We work with local fruit growers to create a wide variety of superior fruit-based products in our Salem, Oregon facilities. Since 1935 our Oregon Fruit® brand is available in national supermarket chains as well as specialty and natural retailers around the world. More recently, our proprietary Fruit In Hand™ Pourable Fruit is used in bars and restaurants worldwide to create fantastic signature beverages and fruit-forward dishes. OFP is aggressively accelerating its growth into new markets and new products. Distributed around the world, Oregon Fruit products are healthy and all-natural with no preservatives or artificial ingredients added. OFP is the top-selling consumer brand in the U.S., and is also the leading supplier of fruit products to commercial craft brewers as well as home brewers.
Pilgrim'sRobert Simmelink Head of National Accounts
Betsy Selset National Accounts
Chef Thomas Wenrich Corporate Culinary
Pilgrim's is well positioned to meet foodservice operators’ needs because we can ensure supply, demonstrate innovation and new product development, and provide competitive pricing. Major chains find Pilgrim's attractive due to our quality and food safety programs, multiple manufacturing sites with the newest technology, range of production quantity, and our innovative new product development resources. Whether it's fresh, marinated and frozen, or all the way up to fully cooked, grill-marked and cut into strips, Pilgrim's Corporation continues to provide high quality, innovative products to the chain restaurant segment. We are committed to our foodservice customers' success and will continue to work hard to consistently provide them with high-quality products and excellent customer service.
Prop & Peller PretzelsRachel Oostman National & Retail Manager
Marine Crile Director of Sales & Marketing
Steve Shreve Manager of Marketing & Design
Our mission is to be happy & make our customers happy, every single day. These aren’t just words to us or a mandate from our founder, Claudia Hillmeier, they’re our way of life. We truly love what we do and you can taste it in every savory morsel of our pretzel twist, breads and desserts. In Bavaria, Pretzels are the holy grail of baking. We take them as seriously as our Bier. So I’m proud to share these passionately crafted treats from my homeland with you so you can experience pretzels the way they were meant to be. Can you feel the love?
Join Sabra in our mission to move hummus beyond dipping to meals. We are inspiring people to see hummus as a food that is delicious, wholesome and versatile, and on trend given its naturally healthful plant-based proteins. And Sabra sources and produces hummus responsibly from US farmers to deliver the highest quality experience. From on-the-go snacking to culinary creations using our bulk hummus across all menu parts, Sabra has high-quality products to meet all your hummus needs. From hummus toasts and bowls to sandwiches and flatbreads, we help ignite creativity in the kitchen that ultimately delights your diners and is positive to your bottom-line.
Savor ImportsDon Turley Corporate Chef, Product Innovation
George Purnell National Account Manager
Josh Gremillion National Account Manager
Our goal is to make the entire world a pantry for chefs. Through the breadth of our offerings and the quality of our products, we enable Chefs to create foods that inspire their customers. Through Dot’s 4,000+ foodservice customers, Savor products are available to 99 percent of all foodservice operators in the US. This provides distributors and ultimately chefs with nearly instant access to ingredients from around the world regardless of how much or how little they need, all at the lowest cost possible. Savor Brands is focused on how to best serve our distributor customers and the chefs they serve with the finest products and best cost-to-value proposition in the marketplace. Today we source over 500 items from 32 countries on every continent, including both brand-name products and our own branded products.
TillamookMikel Crawford Chef
Mike Dixon National Account Manager
Thomas Keslinke Consultant
Preston Simon Director of Foodservice
Founded in 1909 as a farmer-owned cooperative, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) prides itself on its commitment to bringing to market the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day, Tillamook has earned top awards for their cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter and yogurt products made with unwavering values that never sacrifice or compromise quality for profit. The TCCA is currently made up of nearly 90 farming families, primarily based in Tillamook County, Oregon. Tillamook operates production facilities in Tillamook and Boardman, Oregon and employs nearly 900 people throughout the state. The Tillamook Creamery Visitors Center is the largest tourist attraction on the coast of Oregon and one of the most popular in the state, attracting more than one million visitors each year.
Unilever Food SolutionsJay Crown Vice President-Sales
We are proud to be part of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods, with sales in 180 different countries. As the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever, we lead the industry in providing innovative and high quality professional food ingredients and value adding services created by 230 professional chefs. Covering 50 cuisines, in 200 million dishes a day. We outgrow our competition thanks to strong brands such as KNORR, LIPTON and HELLMANN'S, and talented entrepreneurial people working closely with chefs and distributive partners on a daily basis. Unilever Food Solutions is an inspiring global company made up of talented professionals who are always willing to go the extra mile to deliver results for customers. In this positive and open culture we find inspiration every day, empowering our people to make a 'bigger difference' at every level in the organisation. We touch on 800 million consumers every year and are part of 100 million meal occasions per day. We provide products and services created by chefs for chefs and aim to do this in a sustainable way. For more information, please visit http://www.ufs.com/
Upfield is the largest plant-based consumer products company in the world and the #1 producer of plant-based spreads globally. With nearly 150 years of expertise in plant-based nutrition, we craft America’s favorite buttery spreads products in delicious formats tailored for in-home use as well as exceptional performance in professional kitchens.
Weston Foods FoodserviceJeff Pensalfini Director, National Accounts USA
Richard Yaworski VP of Foodservice Sales
Weston Foods Foodservice is as passionate about baking as you are about your menu. What started as a single bakery more than 130 years ago, has grown into one of North Americas top bakery suppliers. From Artisan to everyday value, ready-to-serve to ready-to-finish. We offer breads, buns, donuts and more that are baked fresh and shipped frozen. Today we stay true to time-honored recipes and bake things right to satisfy your customers increasing demands. With in-depth insights, operational understanding and chef-inspired innovation, we are more than just a wholesale bakery manufacturer, we are your true foodservice bakery partner.
YAY! BeveragesMarc Desmarais VP of Sales
Yay! shelf-stable beverages taste as great as their conventional refrigerated counterparts, with better economics. Reduce spoilage and resulting inventory outages, minimize food safety risk and free up valuable storage by moving to shelf-stable beverages. Just store on a shelf, chill before serving and refrigerate after opening. Recyclable packaging, RBST-Free, Grade A UHT and Kosher-certified. Providing wholesome, nourishing, tasty products for our well-being is a given, and giving back a must. Yay! Beverages, a division of the Revelry Group, is a social enterprise dedicated to LEAP, which in turn helps guide our philanthropic and business efforts.