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>p PRODUCERS Nestle Professional Caribbean Caribbean Ties Nestle Professional Caribbean brings vast knowledge and well-known products to foodservice customers in Puerto Rico and elsewhere. By Jim Harris or many people, the brand name Nestle immediately invokes thoughts of chocolate. While the company remains a major force in the sweet stuff, confections are just a small part of its overall global operations. One of the beverage and food provider’s newest business units is making strides to increase its presence within the 29 nations that make up the Caribbean islands. Nestle Professional Caribbean, headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the regional arm of Nestle Professional, a globally managed business division company profile of the company that was formed three years ago. “We’re finding that most people are consuming Nestle Professional Caribbean products outside of the home, and that number is growing by double digits each year,” says Nelson Revenues: $36 million Employees: 102 Peña, business manager for the Caribbean. “We Nelson Peña, country business wanted to develop a strategy to address that growth manager for the Caribbean: “One of the biggest ambitions I and establish a dedicated team to address foodserhave is to double our business in vice and out-of-home consumption.” the next five years.” The division offers all of Nestle’s foods and bev- 68 food & drink • fall 2011 • << Nestle Professional’s staff of chefs work closely with distributors and foodservice customers. F erage products including Nescafe, Chef-Mate, Coffee-Mate, Maggi’s, Hot Pockets, Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine, Nestea and Trio. Products are offered through both a network of distributors and direct sellers, Peña says. An affiliate company, SWIRL Corp., also located in Puerto Rico, sells and services Nescafe coffee vending machines. Nescafe is one of the company’s most popular products, with more than 20 million cups sold in Puerto Rico alone each year. “In terms of hot beverages dispensed from a machine, we are the number one company in Puerto Rico and a leading company in all other areas,” he adds. Nestle has a strong presence in the

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

Food and Drink - Fall 2011
Tableside Chat
News a la Carte
In the Safe Zone
Strengthing Brands
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Willie’s Restaurants
Slack’s Hoagie Shack
The Cheese Steak Shop
Aloha Hospitality Inc.
Bertucci’s Corp
Falcon Holdings LLC
Mark’s Pizzeria
Seasons Pizza
San Diego State University Dining Services
Producers: Food Law
Brook & Whittle Ltd. incorporating Packstar
Nestle Professional Caribbean
Snyder’s-Lance Inc.
Basic American Foods
Evolution Fresh
Berto’s Gelato & Sorbet
Jensen Meat Co
Tumbador Chocolate
Leclerc Foods USA Inc.
FX Matt Brewing Co.
Green Organic Vegetable Inc.
Deli Star Inc.
Always Bagels
National Choice Bakery
Sequoia Orange Co.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods
Westshore Pizza
Distributors: Total Recall
Columbia Distributing
Castella Imports Inc.
Co-Sales Company
Brick Brewing Co. Limited
Prime Distributors
Retailers: What’s in Store
AriZona Beverage Co.
Le Grand Marche
Three Things

Food and Drink - Fall 2011