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Garden-Fresh Foods Expands Customer-Favorite Salad Line

October 23, 2018

Garden-Fresh Foods, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of fresh deli salads, salad kits, dips and desserts, today announced the expansion of its popular Grandpa’s Signature Salads line, now offering premium items in 16-ounce grab-and-go packaging in addition to bulk. The line’s new items and packaging options appeal to Garden-Fresh Food’s wide array of customers, from large grocery stores to mom-and-pop delis, and meets the needs of busy shoppers looking for high-quality and great tasting salads.

 

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Garden-Fresh Foods Expands Hot Bar Line

May 30, 2018

In response to increasing consumer demand for more convenience items from grocery stores and delis, Garden-Fresh Foods today announced the launch of new ready-to-eat hot bar items.

New to the hot bar line are a variety of twists on traditional homemade favorites, including the French Toast Bake, a flavorful take on bread pudding, Enchilada Casserole Kit, made with hearty potatoes, orzo pasta and crunchy bell peppers, Chicken Pot Pie Base and Texas Barbeque Beans. All Garden-Fresh Foods hot bar products are prepared with fresh ingredients for its grocery and private label customers.

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Garden-Fresh Foods Expands Clean Label Salad Line

September 07, 2017

“Garden-Fresh Foods today announced that it has expanded its clean label Green Leaf Signature Salads line with a new Caribbean Jerk Style Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad. The company’s popular clean and ready-to-eat salads are made for its grocery and private label customers, and represent one of the few truly clean label prepared group of salad products on the market today.”

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Garden-Fresh Foods Expands its Green Leaf Signature Salads

September 25, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods adds a new Caribbean Jerk Style Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad and more.

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Clean Label Salads Influenced by Global Flavor Trends

August 5, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods offers free-from salads from plant-based ingredients for private branding.

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Deli Business News

July 1, 2017

Latest issue of Deli Business News including Garden-Fresh Green Leaf Signature Salads on page 9.

Garden-Fresh Foods Hires Senior Food Technologist

June 20, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods announces the hiring of Kirby Ham as senior food technologist. Ham will help the company elevate its culinary leadership as it continues to innovate and provide foods that meet customer trends.

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Garden-Fresh Foods Offers more Flavorable, Healthy Foods

March 3, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods offers millennials more options with spicier, healthier salad options.

Clean Label Premium Salads

February 9, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods launched Green Leaf Signature Salads featuring the clean label designation.

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Garden-Fresh Foods Announces its Broker of the Year

January 16, 2017

“Each year, Garden-Fresh Foods awards the broker partner who best achieved outstanding brokerage results including sales growth, new SKU distribution and new and strengthened customer relationships to help expand Garden-Fresh Foods into grocery stores, delis, convenience stores, big-box retailers and other entities with branded and private label products.”

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Garden-Fresh Foods Launches Clean Label Salads

January 26, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods announces the launch of its Green Leaf Signature Salads product offerings featuring the clean label designation.

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Garden-Fresh Foods and Carlin Group join forces

August 29, 2016

Milwaukee – Garden-Fresh Foods one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, is proud to announce its new distribution partnership with the Midwest-based Carlin Group, a leading regional retail merchandising company.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods Co-Founder, President and CEO. “Garden-Fresh Foods is looking to expand into new markets, and partnerships like this one with the Carlin Group will help us achieve that goal.”

Hughes said the partnership will give more people access to the Garden-Fresh Foods line of products, including its new fall flavors Moroccan Chick Pea Salad, Pasta Robusto, European Carrot and Cranberry Slaw, Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Salad with Bacon, Coconut Cream Pie Dessert Kit, Banana Apple Salted Caramel Crunch and Korean Kimchi.

Ray Peuler, Executive Vice President of the Carlin Group, said the company is pleased to partner with Garden-Fresh Foods because it delivers quality products made with family values.

“The Garden-Fresh Brand and family culture, along with their Midwest roots, fit perfectly into our portfolio of clients that service the perimeter of the grocery store, which is one our largest growing segments,” Peuler said. “As a sales agency, it is always our goal to represent clients that manufacture the highest quality of products, and our sales team is excited about the products we tasted at a recent visit to their corporate headquarters.”

Headquartered in the Chicago area, with offices in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, the Carlin Group has more than 300 employees serving the Midwest region handling manufacturers’ brands in multiple categories, including Perishable, Non-Perishable and Non-Food divisions of supermarkets, drug chains, mass marketers, limited assortment retailers, convenience retailers, national wholesalers and distributors.

Garden-Fresh Foods is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, serving grocery, convenience, private label, food service and mass market industries. Garden-Fresh Foods is a SQF level 3 certified company, committed to the highest standards of excellence. For more information, visit www.garden-freshfoods.com.

Keeping it “clean”

July 27, 2016

There has been a lot of talk about clean food lately, but there has also been a lot of confusion about what clean food actually is.

Contrary to what some people are saying, food is not put into two categories: clean and dirty. The clean food movement started as a way for people to actively engage in their diet by encouraging them to find out what they are eating and where this food was coming from.

According to Jaclyn London, Nutrition Director for Good Housekeeping, even though the clean food movement called for people to eat lots of “whole, real foods,” the original concept “seemed to be a call to action for understanding the traceability of our food.”

At Garden-Fresh Foods, we take that to heart. Take our cabbage. We follow the harvesting schedules across the nation and purchase only freshly picked cabbage to ensure our salads and slaws live up to the name Garden-Fresh.

And our in-house kitchen, lead by Chef Tom Sterle, is always looking for ways to elevate the standards of our classic dishes and new creation to reflect America’s desire to eat fresher and more local.

As one of country’s leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, we embrace the spirit of the clean foods movement, because fresh is what we do.

Garden-Fresh Foods to help combat hunger

June 24, 2016

Milwaukee – Garden-Fresh Foods is joining with the Refrigerated Foods Association to help combat hunger. The Milwaukee-based food producer plans to donate more than 900 pounds of deli products in support the RFA’s third Deli Salad Month in July – an annual effort to give back to the community where, on average, one in seven people struggle each day to get enough to eat.

“We have an obligation to the communities we serve,” said Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods Co-Founder, President and CEO. “We’ve all heard the stories about how much food is wasted every year. Efforts like this not only raise awareness to that, but they also get good, healthy food to the people who need it most.”

The RFA works with Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks, to coordinate the annual Deli Salad Month campaign. According to the organization, the Feeding America network provides over 3.7 billion meals to 1 in 7 Americans in need of healthy foods.

Garden-Fresh Foods regularly supports local food banks and has donated nearly 1,500 pounds of food in April and May of this year, with a retail value of almost $5,500, to food pantries in the Milwaukee area.

“It’s not something we generally brag about,” Hughes said. “We do it because it’s just the right thing to do.”

Garden-Fresh Foods is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, serving grocery, convenience, private label, food service and mass market industries. Garden-Fresh Foods is a SQF level 3 certified company, committed to the highest standards of excellence. For more information, visit www.garden-freshfoods.com.

Garden-Fresh Foods bringing new fall flavors to IDDBA Expo

May 26, 2016

Milwaukee – Garden-Fresh Foods will debut some new fall flavors and Grab and Go convenience foods at the 2016 International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 5-7 in Houston, TX.

Appealing to people who crave sea-salted caramel, a unique European take on traditional coleslaw and the bold flavors of Morocco and Korea, the Milwaukee-based company plans to unveil:

  • Banana Apple Salted Caramel Crunch: A rich, full-flavored dessert with sweet and tart notes accented with a dash of sea salt.
  • European Carrot and Cranberry Slaw: A modern take on classic coleslaw that’s more than just a side dish.
  • Moroccan Chick Pea Salad: World flavors come together to take your taste buds on a vacation along the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Korean Kimchi: This sweet and spicy dish is an homage to the fermented delicacy from the Land of the Morning Calm.

“The American palate has changed,” said Garden-Fresh Foods Executive Chef Tom Sterle. “Customers are demanding bolder, worldly flavors, and Garden-Fresh Foods is prepared to deliver.”

Garden-Fresh Foods will also introduce its Grab and Go convenience foods at the IDDBA Expo, featuring 3.5 ounce servings of five of Garden-Fresh Foods classic American favorites.

Garden-Fresh Foods will be in booth #5256.

Garden-Fresh Foods is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, serving grocery,”

Garden-Fresh Foods Hires New Executive Chef

January 11, 2017

Garden-Fresh Foods announces the hiring of Tom Sterle as executive chef. In his new role, Sterle will develop new flavor profiles and food products reflecting the latest trends to provide delicious options for every customer’s taste.

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Garden-Fresh Foods to help combat hunger

June 15, 2016

“Garden-Fresh Foods is joining with the Refrigerated Foods Association to help combat hunger by planning to donate more than 900 pounds of deli products in support the RFA’s third Deli Salad Month in July.”

New Products for Fall 2016

June 5, 2016

Garden-Fresh Foods’ new fall flavors were unveiled at the 2016 International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 5-7 in Houston, TX.

“The American palate has changed,” said Garden-Fresh Foods Executive Chef Tom Sterle. “Customers are demanding bolder, worldly flavors, and Garden-Fresh Foods is prepared to deliver.”

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Join us at the IDDBA Expo

May 10, 2016

Garden-Fresh Foods is proud to be taking part in the 2016 International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo, June 5-7 in Houston, TX. Visit us in booth #5256.

Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo is the largest show in the world serving the dairy, deli and bakery industries, and features more than 1,900 booths jam-packed with the food, services, and ideas that drive our business.

For tickets and more information visit https://www.iddba.org/.

New Retail Products: Refrigerated Sides, Salads

June 26, 2015

RefrigeratedFrozenFood.com

“Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., introduced several new refrigerated salads and side dishes featuring a variety of sweet and savory profiles.”

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Garden-Fresh At IDDBA in Atlanta Georgia

May 10, 2015

Garden-Fresh Foods was able to take part in IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia which took place June 7-9 where the company introduced several new salads and side dishes.

Garden-Fresh Foods Introduces Innovative New Salads & Sides

May 4, 2015

PerishableNews.com

“Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. announces that it will introduce several new salads and side dishes at the Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo June 7-9 in Atlanta.”

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Refrigerated Foods Association Announces National Deli Salad Month, July 2015

April 29, 2014

“In an effort to promote deli salad products, strengthen customer relationships, and foster goodwill with customers, the Refrigerated Foods Association is pleased to announce we have established “National Deli Salad Month” for the month of July.”

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Garden-Fresh Foods Announces Additions to Management Team

April 10, 2015

PerishableNews.com

“‘Recently we’ve brought on some exceptionally talented and experienced management leaders who will help Garden-Fresh Foods continue to grow and prosper in an increasingly competitive industry,’ said Hughes.”

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New Faces, New Places for April 11

April 9, 2015

“Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. hired Mike Walz as chief operating officer and Jim Gawronski as director of sales and marketing, and promoted Robert Clark to executive chef, director of research and development, and Claudette Wildes to director of quality and regulatory affairs.”

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Vision for Growth, National Experience Distinguishes Garden-Fresh Foods’ New Management Team

April 8, 2015

“Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. today announced several key appointments to its executive leadership team, including Mike Walz as Chief Operating Officer. The new management team, led by Walz, will work together to support the company’s aggressive plan for continued growth as one of the nation’s leading food suppliers.”

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