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>d DISTRIBUTORS Sterling Pacific Meat Co. Sterling Reputation Sterling Meats wants to be known for its superior products. To achieve that, the company makes sure to have superior operations. By Jamie Morgan f you ask the vice president of Sterling Pacific Meat Co., Luis Munoz, about the distributor’s processing facility, he will say it’s state of the art. Some may smirk at a vice president’s vested opinions about his or her own company’s operations, but in the case of Sterling Meats, all one has to do is listen to the experts. “We visited the Sterling Meats facility and revisited their entire food safety system including their HACCP plans, manufacturing process and sanitation procedures,” explains Dr. James Marsden, a Kansas State University Distinguished Professor and an Underwriters Laboratories scientific advisor. “[We] went point by point to valcompany profile idate that what they were doing on the production Sterling Pacific Meat Co. line matched up with their written plans. The idea is to identify strengths and weaknesses. But at Headquarters: Commerce, Calif. Employees: 270 Sterling, it was pretty much limited to strengths. Specialty: Meat processor They have done a great job in developing food safeLuis Munoz, vice president: “There is a huge demand for comty systems.” panies that are doing things the The company plans to push the food safety enveright way.” lope even further. As a fresh meat distributor, it was 78 food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • << Sterling Pacific Meat Co. says it has been on the leading edge of food safety technology with continuous improvements being made in recent years. I one of the first to adopt 21st century PCR technology in-house. The equipment allows Sterling Meats to test samples in its Los Angeles-based facility, which minimizes the food’s exposure to pathogens and bacteria and decreases shipment time – a crucial factor when dealing with short shelf life products. Future Focused “What’s next for Sterling Meats is building their awareness of emerging food safety technology,” Marsden says. “We are talking to food manufacturers such as Sterling about these things now so when new technologies become available, Sterling Meats can be one of the first to implement them.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012

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