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>d DISTRIBUTORS pellerito foods Growing Healthily Pellerito Foods aims for national presence through expansion. By Chris Petersen company profile Pellerito Foods 2010 sales: $50 million Headquarters: Detroit Employees: 60 Specialty: Fresh-cut vegetables Jim Pellerito, president: “The way things are going, we’re looking to grow five-fold over the next three years.” “The way things are going, we’re looking to grow five-fold over the next three years,” Pellerito says. The biggest and most significant change the company is undertaking overhauls its processes and prepares it to gain national presence, but there have been some smaller but no less important adjustments made by Pellerito Foods in the last few years, and all of them are adding up to one growing and thriving company. Increased Capacity Pellerito says perhaps the company’s most game-changing initiative at the moment is its investment in new equipment. Pellerito Foods is in the process of installing new processing equipment that will allow the company to continuously process vegetables. Currently, the company’s operations only allow it to process in batches, with downtime between each stage. The new equipment will peel, cut, cook and cool vegetables all in one continuous line. This will have an enormous impact on the company’s output, according to Pellerito. He says the company will be able to process up to five times its present output, jumping from 2,000 pounds an hour up to as much as 10,000 pounds an hour. The new equipment also will substantially improve the shelf life of Pellerito Foods’ products, from its cur- >> Pellerito Foods says it is on its way to developing a greater presence nationally as a processor and distributor of vegetables. V egetables are perfectly capable of growing and thriving on their own, but tweaking and improving the conditions they grow in often is necessary to obtain the best results for our purposes. In the world of business, however, constant improvement isn’t only a nice idea, it’s vitally necessary for a company’s survival. Take, for example, Detroit’s Pellerito Foods, a processor and distributor of fresh-cut vegetables including potatoes, celery, carrots and lettuce. The company has been in operation since 1943, but it has gone through a lot of changes since then. President Jim Pellerito explains that the company is on the verge of making some of its biggest changes yet – changes that he anticipates will turn it into a national player after decades as a regional powerhouse. 158 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
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
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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