Golden West Food Group’s corporate values and partnerships with its customers allow it to retain its position as a nationwide leader in food manufacturing, production and distribution. 

“We are committed to providing the safest, highest-quality value-added food products that consistently meet or exceed customer expectations,” the Vernon, Calif.-headquartered company says. “Our mission is to produce the highest quality food products with an unrelenting commitment to the freshest, most nutritious ingredients and promotion of eco-friendly business practices.”

The company processes and distributes products that can be found in more than 25,000 locations nationwide. Golden West offers fresh, frozen and processed beef, pork and chicken products including custom burgers and patties, meatloaf, franks, and meatballs; and kettle-cooked products including salsas, sausage, dips, hummus, soups and sauces. “We produce a wide array of products under our own and licensed brands,” the company says.

Calbee North America endeavors to be the snack food company focused on ingredients, taste and transparency. Its primary product is the Harvest Snaps family of products that include Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps. These products come in several different flavors, with ingredients based on peas and lentils. But the company is always innovating new, tasty and healthy products. Soon it will be launching Whole Cuts, a potato-based product shaped like a french fry that crunches like a chip. 

Calbee North America is a 50/50 joint venture owned by Calbee Inc. of Tokyo, Japan and R.D. Offutt (RDO) Company of Fargo, ND. Calbee Inc. is the largest snack maker in Japan, while RDO is the largest potato supplier in North America. The strategic partnership brings innovative products from Japan and RDO brings farm produce and business systems from America. 

Dave Rettig and his father, Darrel Rettig, started Rembrandt Foods 15 years ago, more than a decade after the younger Rettig developed the business plan for the egg production business. “It took 10 years to find an investor,” Rettig says.

Rembrandt Foods got off the ground when Rettig met Glen A. Taylor, a successful businessman who is the majority owner of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Taylor, a member of the Minnesota Senate from 1981 to 1990, grew up on a farm. “He’s one of the most successful businessmen in the country,” Rettig says.

Rettig met Taylor through a friend, Mike Gidley. “Mike grew up in northwest Iowa and was aware that Glen Taylor owned land in the area,” Rettig  recalls. “He wrote Glen a letter saying he had some friends who had a plan to start an egg business. After we put Rembrandt together, Mike and I became the first two employees.” 

Many companies strive to sell products with a great taste, but Nothing Bundt Cakes also sets out to give consumers the feeling of home. Based in Las Vegas, the company produces a variety of bundt cakes from premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese.

Founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in 1997 when they partnered to make cakes for their friends and family members. “The cakes they made were delicious, unlike anything anyone had tasted,” the company says. “As a result, their friends and family asked them to entertain more and more.”

Tripp and Shwetz originally intended the cakes as a side project, but they realized it had more potential. “There was an opportunity in the bakery world for delicious cakes, readily available, that didn’t compromise on their ingredients,” the company explains.

Mickey Bearman has a history of positioning foodservice distribution companies for success since the late 1960s, and that tradition continues today with the Mickey Bearman Co. Thanks to the reputation of the company’s namesake, Mickey Bearman Co. has become  a leading rib distributor on the West Coast with significant growth opportunities. 

Although the company is well positioned to increase its size, Bearman would like to bring someone in and grow the company together. “It’s an outstanding company and we do very well,” he says. 

Since 1982, the Los Angeles-based company has specialized in the distribution of pork, beef, poultry and seafood to barbecue restaurants, barbecue-style restaurants and other restaurants that use protein products specifically for their barbecue menu items. “We found a real niche in this business,” Bearman says. “What really separates us is our cost of doing business. We keep our expenses very low.”

In the eyes of many Canadians, the name Maple Lodge Farms is synonymous with chicken. Over its 60-year history, the Brampton, Ontario-headquartered company has become the country’s largest chicken processor by making products that more than meet the needs of retailers and consumers. 

Maple Lodge Farms’ major customers include national and regional retailers, foodservice companies and restaurant chains including KFC and Swiss Chalet. The company also provides co-packing and private label processing services to other brands including Yorkshire Farms, a Canadian organic brand. All of the company’s customers have come to expect high-quality and innovative products backed by exemplary customer service and delivery standards.

“When we say we’re going to do something, we do it,” Vice President of Brand Development Bruce McCullagh says. “We are reliable, dependable and consistent, and all of our products meet high safety and quality standards.”

Jensen Meat Co. began with providing steak cuts in 1958, then later evolved into a leading ground-beef processor in 1986, but up until the past few years, many consumers in its home market of San Diego didn’t know the company was there. “We were lacking visibility in our own town,” CEO Abel Olivera says. “We are now changing that by growing our retail presence, boosting our community presence and, bottom line, letting local residents know they can buy local products.”

The company in recent years has stepped up its local marketing and advertising efforts. These include placing billboards and serving its burgers for free at community events in conjunction with a gourmet food truck. “We want to be out there in our community and give people the chance to taste our products,” he adds. “My dream is for people to ask specifically for a Jensen patty when they go to local supermarkets.”

Established in 1991 and headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Inteplast Group is a major manufacturer that has built a wide range of amazingly diverse and synergistic product lines, including packaging, industrial and stretch films; bags of all types; PVC products; injection molded items; and many other plastic products that allow it to successfully serve most major market segments, including foodservice. 

In fact, Inteplast established a business unit solely focused on supporting the foodservice industry more than a decade ago, and its products and services for the industry have grown exponentially every year since. The company counts distributors and end-users, such as major restaurant chains and the lodging industry, among its many customers.

“The breadth and depth of our product line is one of our strengths,” says Paul Ulrich, general manager and senior director, Foodservice and Healthcare Business Unit. 

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