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>p PRODUCERS vegetable juices inc. Healthy Business Vegetable Juices serves many Fortune 500 food manufacturers. By Alan Dorich >> Founded in 1928, Vegetable Juices Inc. has been supplying leading food processors with vegetable-based juices, purees and blends for more than 80 years. or Vegetable Juices Inc. (VJI), there may be no better time than now to be in the natural vegetable flavor and ingredients business. “We’re in a very good spot as far as the wellness trend,” President Jim Hurley says. “We’re trying to provide solutions so people get more vegetables, health and wellness into their diet.” Based in Bedford Park, Ill., VJI supplies its products to food processors with a line that includes culinary blends, fire-roasted purees and juices. Founder Dr. Dominic Rolle started the company in 1928. A renowned food technologist, Rolle formed the company when he was dissatisfied with the way processed vegetables lost their charcompany profile acteristics during the dehydration process. He and his employees sought to find better ways to flavor manufacVegetable Juices Inc. tured foods and created VJI’s line of vegetable juices, Headquarters: Bedford Park, Ill. such as garlic and onion juices. Employees: 150 Specialty: Liquid flavor Ultimately, Rolle invented a blend that became the modand ingredients el for what would become V8 vegetable juice. “Our herJim Hurley, president: “Our customers are looking for assistance to itage is in beverages,” Hurley declares. The Garvy family bring more vegetable-based health acquired the company in the early 1960s, and continued its and wellness to their products.” focus on savory ingredients. Today, VJI serves 11 or the 18 F Fortune 500 food manufacturers. “We deal with most of the top consumer food packaging companies,” Hurley says. “Our customers are looking for assistance to bring more vegetable-based health and wellness to their products.” Throughout the years, VJI says it has strived to be at the forefront of vegetable ingredient conversion and has become a leader in customer collaboration and service. “We pride ourselves on the long-term relationships we’ve built with our customers and suppliers,” the company says. “We regularly leverage our technological and culinary expertise to provide custom solutions and products tailored to the individual needs of our partners.” 54 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
Three Things

Food and Drink - Spring 2011