Top Suppliers Awarded at Annual Reinhart ‘Traditions’ Ceremony
Our annual weeklong "Traditions" event took place in Chicago last spring. It's an invaluable opportunity for Reinhart to connect with partners who help make the company a success. All year, growers, manufacturers, suppliers and more work with the Reinhart sales team to help our customers run vibrant businesses. For that reason, we celebrate them during a "Suppliers of the Year" awards dinner. We recognized these phenomenal foodservice partners with honors, including "Exclusive Brand Supplier of the Year," "Business Friendliness" and the "Lifetime Achievement Award." Here are our honorees.
John Little - Ventura Foods
Reinhart CEO - Jeff King
Alpha Baking Co
Lifetime Achievement Award:
John Little, Ventura Foods. Established in 1996, the company offers customers a full-range of menu and meal solutions with custom and branded products for the foodservice, retail and ingredient manufacturing industries.
Overall Supplier of the Year:
Schreiber Foods. What began as a small process cheese company in 1945 is now more than 7,000 strong at locations across North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Schreiber specializes in yogurt, natural cheese, process cheese and cream cheese. The dairy giant also won Reinhart’s Dairy award in 2018.
Exclusive Brand Supplier of the Year:
J&B Group. Launched in 1979, the family-owned-and-operated cold supply chain provider specializes in fresh meat, poultry and deli products in the upper Midwest. In addition to foodservice, J&B Group offers retail, wholesale and third-party logistics. The company was also presented with Reinhart’s Food Safety and Quality Assurance award in 2018.
Manufactured Brand of the Year:
The J.M. Smucker Company. The iconic American company was founded in 1897 and has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer. Its balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands spans pet food and pet snacks, coffee, and consumer food and natural beverages.
Beaver Street Fisheries. The top importer, manufacturer and distributor of quality frozen seafood has been around for more than 60 years. Beaver Street Fisheries offers an extensive variety of products, plus competitive pricing, and aims to satisfy the diverse needs of wholesale, retail, institutional and foodservice operators. Beaver Street Fisheries was also presented with Reinhart’s Marketing, Sales Support and Seafood awards in 2018.
Leahy-IFP. The 60-year-old company focuses on beverage contract manufacturing solutions, ranging from high-acid aseptic beverages to the highest quality fruit juices. Leahy also proudly provides environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
Alpha Baking Co., Inc. The Chicago-based company has been honored consistently for customer service. Alpha Baking’s frozen foodservice division offers a full line of quality bread, buns, rolls and sweet goods nationwide; its fresh division has been supplying restaurants and other dining institutions throughout the Midwest with fresh bread and specialty items since 1979. Alpha Baking Co. was also presented with Reinhart’s Frozen award in 2018.
Center of Plate:
Dan's Prize. For more than 30 years, Dan’s Prize has established itself in the meat industry. The Georgia-based company produces more than 500 sliced, whole muscle and specialty products.
Pacific Coast Producers. The agricultural cooperative, owned by over 160 family-farms, is in central and Northern California. It specializes in canning fruits and tomatoes for private brands throughout the world. The cooperative was launched in 1971 by three farmers.
U S Chemical. Flourishing since 1962, U S Chemical boasts a history rich in growth and development. The world-class formulas in the company’s products cover every aspect of cleaning with innovative technology.
Wholesale Produce Supply, LLC. A stalwart in Minneapolis since 1964, Wholesale Produce Supply is one of the largest wholesale distributors of fresh produce in the Upper Midwest. Its produce ranges from apricots to zucchini.