Garden-Fresh Foods Launches Clean Label Salads
"Garden-Fresh Foods today announced the launch of its Green Leaf Signature Salads product offerings featuring the clean label designation. This is the first time the company has offered a selection of premium salads that contain only natural, plant-based ingredients and are made without the addition of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors."
Garden-Fresh Foods Announces its Broker of the Year
"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."
Garden-Fresh Foods Hires New Executive Chef
"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. Sterle has over 30 years of comprehensive culinary experience, including his most recent work as a chef and R&D director at Country Maid, Inc."
Garden-Fresh Foods and Carlin Group join forces
Aug. 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, Press Release
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, Press Release
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.
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Vision for Growth, National Experience Distinguishes Garden-Fresh Foods' New Management Team
April 8, 2015, Press Release
"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."