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>p PRODUCERS charlie’s pride meats Real Family Pride Charlie’s Pride has a reputation for quality beef at reasonable prices. By Brian Salgado company profile Charlie’s Pride Meats 2010 sales: $78 million Headquarters: Vernon, Calif. Employees: 140 Specialty: Roast beef Jim Dickman, co-CEO: “We’re known for giving the best quality at the right price.” >> Charlie’s Pride Meats produces roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, foodservice entrees, deli meats, sauces and gravies. C harlie’s Pride Meats is in the roast beef production game for the long haul. Whether it is the more than four decades of family ownership or the large national accounts in the foodservice and grocery store sectors that rely on the Dickmans for their roast beef, the rest of the industry knows it can count on Charlie’s Pride Meats for quality roast beef at a reasonable price. “Whatever level of product – whether it is Kobe beef or choice grade – we’re delivering to a foodservice or supermarket client, we want to put out the best quality at the right price,” says Jim Dickman, who serves as co-CEO with his brother Robert. “We’re known for giving the best quality at the right price.” Charlie Dickman – Jim and Robert’s father – founded Charlie’s Pride Meats in 1969 in Vernon, Calif. Today, the Dickman brothers oversee the day-to-day operations of the family company, with Jim handling the meat purchasing for Charlie’s Pride and Robert running the sales and marketing side. Charlie’s Pride Meats employs 140 across two facilities in Vernon that occupy a combined 60,000 square feet. Charlie’s Pride Meats produces roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, foodservice entrees, sauces and gravies. The company also produces deli meats for private label clients. “Certainly, being here is key,” Robert Dickman says. “It’s where all the family members are on a day-to-day basis except for travel; we’re in every phase of the business from incoming meat to trimming of meat to the injection-curing of meat to the cooking of meat. “Jim and I and the sales staff taste daily, make suggestions, try new things constantly with the focus of improving the product from inception to all our important customers,” Robert Dickman adds. Realistic Dining Despite the recession, Charlie’s Pride Meats has seen an increase in its sales over the last year. Robert Dickman believes while families might not go out to eat as often these days, grocery shoppers will spend more money on meals at home. He cites the uptick in Charlie’s Pride Meats’ sales of its higher-end products while the middle line attempts to catch up. This has led 110 food and drink • spring 2011 •

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Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
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Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
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Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
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