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AVA Companies

'Meat Depot' because of its role as a
hub for operators looking to develop
and supply signature case-ready programs, is equipped with the latest cutting and packaging technologies," the
company says. "With two pork production lines and two beef lines running
simultaneously, the facility can process
and deliver orders within two days."
The facility's lines are divided into
separate production lines for beef and
pork. Each protein has two production
lines that can be expanded to four at
times of increased demand, and at full
capacity the facility can process and
package nearly 2 million pounds of
each per week.
"AVA is quickly becoming the
adjunct backroom to the supermarket,"
the company says.
The close working relationships AVA
Companies has with its retailer and
foodservice customers are no accident,

according to the company. It says it is
proud of the way it can handle virtually
any requests for case-ready meats.
"Our customers specify the product's
production and packaging requirements as they would prepare it in their
meat department and we'll do it that
way," the company says. "The relationship is truly a supplier-operator partnership. Our production facility was
built to handle the various spec requirements from our operators."
On the logistics side of the business,
AVA Companies says it has the capabilities to be the most ef´Čücient option for
customers to receive their products.

Wave of the Future
AVA Companies believes that caseready meats, especially pork, will be the
wave of the future for many retailers,
and the evidence appears to bear that
out. According to the company, nearly

40 percent of meat departments today
have one or more case-ready programs,
and more than 35 percent have some
kind of a la carte meat case program.
"AVA wanted to be ready to grow
because they saw pork demand continue to rival chicken," the company says.
"They knew pork would be the next
protein to be pre-wrapped and brought
to market as consistent as chicken.
With meat cutters aging and shelves
often sitting empty, case-ready solutions, led by pork, was a logical solution
for the consumer meal planning.
"The AVA Meat Depot model performs for today and is built for the
future with an operating strategy to take
care of today's meat-business needs,"
the company explains. "AVA's plan is to
be prepared to meet demand as the
meat department's back rooms continue to mature beyond what meat cutters
can provide."

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