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Pohl Food Service Inc. >d DISTRIBUTORS Across the Board Pohl Food Service distributes everything a restaurant in Minnesota and Wisconsin might need while keeping quality at the forefront. By Alan Dorich S << GM Bruce Cronk (left to right), HR and IT Manager Paul Lockhart, Sales Representative Bruce Friend, President and CEO Paul Bratland, and Sales Representative Terry Rutter lead Pohl. ome companies like to find cheaper ways to get jobs done, but Pohl Food Service Inc. is not interested in shortcuts, President, CEO and co-owner Paul Bratland says. “Our customers know what [level of quality] they’re going to be delivered,” he says. Pohl Food Service makes sure it provides high-quality products to its clients and not cheaper substicompany profile tutes. When a company goes the easier route, “Your quality goes down and Pohl Food Service Inc. your business goes down,” he explains. Headquarters: Minneapolis Based in Minneapolis, Pohl Food Employees: 30 Specialty: Food distribution that Service provides restaurants in specializes in pizza, Italian and Minnesota and Wisconsin with other ethnic restaurants Paul Bratland: “Our customers tomato products, cheeses, pizza know what [level of quality] they’re boxes and toppings, flour and going to be delivered.” dough, and produce. “By specializ- ing, we offer more options to the specialty restaurant,” Bratland says. His father-in-law, Jim Palewicz, founded Pohl Food Service in 1977. Previously, Palewicz held positions at Kraft Foods and Old Home Dairy, where he had gained experience with cheese products for foodservice. “That’s what got us into pizza, Italian, Mexican and Greek products,” Bratland says. When Palewicz retired in 1994, Bratland took over Pohl Food Service. At that time, Bruce Cronk became a partner. He is involved with the compafood & drink • fall/winter 2012 • 57

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012