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Request Foods Begins Skillet Meal Co-Packing Production
New Greenly Street Facility Ramps Up for Sustainability, Food Safety and Volume
Holland, Mich. — Request Foods has officially begun co-packing skillet meal bags, heralding an important extension of the company’s entrée and side dish frozen food processing capabilities.
A leading co-packer of national, club store and private brands, Request Foods designed and built the new start-of-the art facility to complement the company’s existing pan and tray packing. The 230,000 sq. ft. Greenly Street Facility is adjacent to Request Foods main facility.
“Our entry into skillet meal market has been very deliberate,” said Vice President Steve Dewitt. “We are dedicated to offering our customers the full range of culinary R&D, high quality sourcing and made from scratch production that we’re known for in frozen pan entrées and side dishes. We wanted to do it right, and this facility showcases our commitment to quality.”
The Greenly Street Facility is easily accessible from US-31, and is centrally located for US distribution while also being strategic to many of the nation’s largest produce and protein producers. The new facility is expected to add 250 new jobs to the West Michigan economy, over the next five years where the workforce has long been an exceptional resource.
“Being a key supplier for many leading national brands and retailers, we’re rigorously focused on sustainability and safety,” says Dewitt. “Our entry into skillet meals is a win/win situation for growers, employees and customers, and we’re grateful that Request Foods is able to play an important role in our industry and community.”
A privately-held company, Request Foods currently produces more than 400 different prepared food items. The firm was founded in 1990.
Request Foods To Launch Skillet Meal Co-Packing Program
New Facility Scheduled for Summer 2011 Production
Holland, Mich. — Request Foods, a leading co-packer of frozen entrées, side dishes and specialty items, is adding skillet meals to the company’s product lineup, scheduled for formal launch in Summer 2011, with the completion of a new skillet-meal facility.
The new 230,000-square-foot facility is being built adjacent to the company’s existing 370,000-square-foot production plant in Holland, Mich. When completed, the new facility will house state-of-the-art preparation, blending, custom deposits, and freezing systems for co-packing private label and national brands.
“Skillet and bagged-prepared meals are a growing category in the frozen food aisle,” said Jack Dewitt, Request Foods President. “With our new facility, we will be able to offer new and existing customers the Request Foods’ commitment to excellence in culinary development, fresh preparation, and best-of-class production in their sealed bag, prepared meals.”
Request Foods currently produces more than 400 different prepared food items, packaged in, single-serve containers up to 6-pound pans and pouches. The new skillet-meal lines will add a variety of sealed-bag and meal-kit options for custom developed recipes or customers’ proprietary flavor profiles.
Michigan Town One of the Happiest Places in the U.S.
February 17, 2010, abcworldnews.com
Holland, Mich., Ranks 2nd on Well-Being Index, Topping Honolulu
When you think of happy places in America, a few names always top the list: Boulder, Colo. is known for its fresh mountain air and its healthy outdoor lifestyle.
Honolulu, with its lush tropical locale, is another city that needs no explanation for why its residents are so happy.
Both of these places ranked high on the 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released by the Gallup Group. Boulder topped the list, while Honolulu came in third.
But coming in a surprising second between these two shoe-in cities is Holland, Michigan — a city on the blistering cold outposts of one of the poorest states in the union.
Contract processor Request Foods innovates, grows with integrity.
Some companies’ names are self-explanatory. At first glance, Request Foods appears to be one of them. After all, granting customer requests is exactly what this contract processor aims to do.
But, if you ask President Jack DeWitt about the name’s origin, you’ll find out that there’s more to the story – and the company.
“It came from sitting around the dinner table. There was a boat out on the small lake that we live by here in Holland, [Mich.] and it was named Windquest. And we thought windquest … sunquest, starquest,” he explains. “Then we came up with request and we ran that by different sales people and tested how it sounds when you answer the phone. And that’s how it came to be.”