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>d DISTRIBUTORS upper lakes foods inc. LOCAL ACTIVITIES Upper Lakes Foods maintains a number of close connections with the communities it works in, President Sue Ryan says. In addition to being active with the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce, company employees also volunteer to distribute holiday meals to the needy and work with Salvation Army programs including Christmas food, clothing and toy drives. “We try to stay very involved,” Ryan adds. (FAME) award recognizing his efforts on working with schools on implementing nutrition programs. >> Upper Lakes Foods leadership team includes (from left): vice president of operations Shawn Sorenson, CFO Jeff Laabs, President Susan Ryan, Owner Patricia Sorensen, Sales Manager Scott Sorensen and COO Jim Bradshaw. Meeting Future Demand Upper Lakes Foods continues to invest in its staff and other resources in order to meet the demands of a growing and changing retail market. “The demographics of the industry are such that there will be more regional chains we’re going to have to be better at selling to,” Bradshaw says. Bradshaw also expects the company to better utilize the resources of Unipro Foodservice Inc., a foodservice network with more than 328 member companies nationwide. “We’re going to position ourselves to drive a better costs of goods, which means we have to continue to find ways to become more efficient and more transparent to our customers,” he adds. > customers to improve their profitability,” Bradshaw says. “We try to develop a relationship that is predicated on them making more money doing business with us than they did before they worked with us.” Services include a graphic arts department that works with restaurants on menu and logo designs and trainers who work with restaurants on ways to reduce waste and labor costs. For its healthcare and camping customers, Upper Lakes works on creating a menu that projects a cost per meal. “Most of our competitors try to do a cost of goods analysis on the front end, but those prices can change,” Bradshaw says. “What we’re trying to say to customers is if you have $5 to spend, lets look at whether you’ve achieved feeding someone for that amount, instead of just saying that we have the cheapest ketchup.” Upper Lakes recently started using advanced logistical software Bradshaw says is hoped to both assist customers and improve in-house efficiency. The technology allows users to input customer locations and sales territories and project potential delivery and route scenarios. “This gives us a chance to do ‘what if’ scenarios and analyze our routes in a way we haven’t in the past,” he adds. “This allows us to look at our routing structures and make them more efficient.” “We can use this information to go back to our customer and create a relationship beneficial to both of us,” Bradshaw says. Staff Training Upper Lakes also distinguishes itself through its staff, which includes a salaried sales force. “Every outside sales person here is teamed with an inside sales person, and the customer knows both of them,” Bradshaw says. “This is very important when it comes to our level of customer service.” Employees are routinely trained in a number of different areas including safety, food management and nutrition. Safety training in particular is a major area of emphasis, particularly for delivery drivers. These training efforts recently paid off when the company was awarded the Volvo Trucks North America Safety Award in October 2010, Ryan says. The award recognizes the safety records of trucks fleets with at least five Class 8 tractor units, according to Volvo. Upper Lakes Foods Senior Account Executive Ron Strasburg was also recently recognized with a Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence ELITE FOODSERVICE SPECIALIST We at Elite Foodservice Specialists (formerly Roisum Elite) have had the privilege and honor of being affiliated with Upper Lakes Foods for over 30 years. From a small family owned independent to a well respected still family owed major player in the Midwest. ULF truly knows and lives the terms Partnership, integrity, loyalty and innovation. They were the pioneers in foodservice in our market and helped define what ”value-added service” means. Their culinary expertise, training and service provided the competitive edge that attributed to their growth, longevity, success and reputation. Everyone at Elite Foodservice Specialist continues to appreciate the value of our long term relationship and want to congratulate Sue Ryan, her family and the entire Upper Lakes Foods team on this very prestigious award. 62 food and drink • summer 2011 • www.fooddrink-magazine.com http://www.fooddrink-magazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Summer 2011

Food and Drink - Summer 2011
Tableside Chat
Contents
News a la Carte
Tradeshow Preview
Food for Thought
FAD Exclusive
Fresh From the Start Brands
Railex
Orchard View Farms Inc.
Grandma Hoerner’s
Greencore USA Inc.
FoodSwing Inc.
Pecans.com
RPE Inc.
Dari Mart Stores Inc.
Idylwilde Farms
Kemin Industries Inc.
Olga’s Kitchen
Distributors: How Green Can You Be?
Kohl Wholesale
Nebraskaland
Upper Lakes Foods Inc.
B. Giambrone & Co.
Food Sales West
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
PrimeSource Foodservice Equipment
Town & Country Foods
Producers: The Industry Pitfall
Walker & Sons
Bright Coop Inc.
Covered Bridge Potato Chip Co.
Route 11 Potato Chips
Royal Sausage Co.
Restaurants: Values Drive Sales
El Meson Sandwiches
Peter Piper Pizza
Retailers: The Unwelcomed Guest
Arabica Coffeehouse
Kolache Factory
Reasor’s
Three Things

Food and Drink - Summer 2011

Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food and Drink - Summer 2011 (Page Cover1)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food and Drink - Summer 2011 (Page Cover2)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Tableside Chat (Page 1)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Tableside Chat (Page 2)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Contents (Page 3)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Contents (Page 4)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Contents (Page 5)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - News a la Carte (Page 6)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - News a la Carte (Page 7)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Tradeshow Preview (Page 8)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Tradeshow Preview (Page 9)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food for Thought (Page 10)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food for Thought (Page 11)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - FAD Exclusive (Page 12)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - FAD Exclusive (Page 13)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 14)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 15)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 16)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 17)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 18)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 19)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Fresh From the Start Brands (Page 20)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Railex (Page 21)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Railex (Page 22)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Railex (Page 23)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Railex (Page 24)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Orchard View Farms Inc. (Page 25)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Orchard View Farms Inc. (Page 26)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Grandma Hoerner’s (Page 27)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Grandma Hoerner’s (Page 28)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Grandma Hoerner’s (Page 29)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Greencore USA Inc. (Page 30)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Greencore USA Inc. (Page 31)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Greencore USA Inc. (Page 32)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - FoodSwing Inc. (Page 33)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - FoodSwing Inc. (Page 34)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - FoodSwing Inc. (Page 35)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Pecans.com (Page 36)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Pecans.com (Page 37)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Pecans.com (Page 38)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - RPE Inc. (Page 39)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - RPE Inc. (Page 40)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - RPE Inc. (Page 41)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Dari Mart Stores Inc. (Page 42)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Dari Mart Stores Inc. (Page 43)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Idylwilde Farms (Page 44)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Idylwilde Farms (Page 45)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kemin Industries Inc. (Page 46)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kemin Industries Inc. (Page 47)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Olga’s Kitchen (Page 48)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Olga’s Kitchen (Page 49)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Distributors: How Green Can You Be? (Page 50)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Distributors: How Green Can You Be? (Page 51)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 52)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 53)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 54)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 55)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 56)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kohl Wholesale (Page 57)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Nebraskaland (Page 58)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Nebraskaland (Page 59)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Nebraskaland (Page 60)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Upper Lakes Foods Inc. (Page 61)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Upper Lakes Foods Inc. (Page 62)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Upper Lakes Foods Inc. (Page 63)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - B. Giambrone & Co. (Page 64)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - B. Giambrone & Co. (Page 65)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food Sales West (Page 66)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Food Sales West (Page 67)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Milne Fruit Products Inc. (Page 68)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Milne Fruit Products Inc. (Page 69)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Pellerito Foods (Page 70)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Pellerito Foods (Page 71)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - PrimeSource Foodservice Equipment (Page 72)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - PrimeSource Foodservice Equipment (Page 73)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Town & Country Foods (Page 74)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Town & Country Foods (Page 75)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Producers: The Industry Pitfall (Page 76)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Producers: The Industry Pitfall (Page 77)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Walker & Sons (Page 78)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Walker & Sons (Page 79)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Walker & Sons (Page 80)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Bright Coop Inc. (Page 81)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Bright Coop Inc. (Page 82)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Bright Coop Inc. (Page 83)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Covered Bridge Potato Chip Co. (Page 84)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Covered Bridge Potato Chip Co. (Page 85)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Route 11 Potato Chips (Page 86)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Route 11 Potato Chips (Page 87)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Royal Sausage Co. (Page 88)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Royal Sausage Co. (Page 89)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Restaurants: Values Drive Sales (Page 90)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Restaurants: Values Drive Sales (Page 91)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 92)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 93)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 94)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 95)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 96)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 97)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - El Meson Sandwiches (Page 98)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Peter Piper Pizza (Page 99)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Peter Piper Pizza (Page 100)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Peter Piper Pizza (Page 101)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Retailers: The Unwelcomed Guest (Page 102)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Retailers: The Unwelcomed Guest (Page 103)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Retailers: The Unwelcomed Guest (Page 104)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Retailers: The Unwelcomed Guest (Page 105)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Arabica Coffeehouse (Page 106)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Arabica Coffeehouse (Page 107)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kolache Factory (Page 108)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Kolache Factory (Page 109)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Reasor’s (Page 110)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Reasor’s (Page 111)
Food and Drink - Summer 2011 - Three Things (Page 112)
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