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B&G Foods manages some of the country’s biggest brands with a focus on supply chain excellence. By Chris Petersen

In the famous old television commercials, the Jolly Green Giant cast a huge shadow over the valley where he grew vegetables. It’s appropriate, then, that the owner of the Green Giant brand, B&G Foods, casts a pretty big shadow of its own over the food industry.
    The company, producer of shelf-stable food brands including Green Giant, Ortega, Cream of Wheat and Mrs. Dash, manufactures, sells and distributes products throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Managing the supply chain for such a highly diversified portfolio of brands and products is a major challenge, but it’s one that Senior Director of Procurement Marty Schoch explains B&G Foods is more than capable of handling.

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AB Mauri North America’s procurement team has played a key role in finding savings and boosting efficiency. By Alan Dorich

Some companies undervalue their procurement teams, but not AB Mauri North America. Instead, the firm knows procurement can have effects as substantial as “a salesforce can have,” Vice President of Procurement David Hufford says. “It can play a very large role in the company.”
    Based in St. Louis, AB Mauri North America is a division of AB Mauri, a global provider of yeast and bakery ingredient products. “Globally, we are a $1.3 billion company,” he says, noting that the firm has 55 plants in 34 countries, with sales in 90 countries.

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Topco Associates’ supply chain plays a large role in its ability to help its member/owners consolidate their buying power. By Jim Harris

Topco Associates LLC is a $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers. Topco leverages the strength of its supply chain to place powerful brands on shelf across its broad membership, enabling members to compete effectively in their local markets.
    “We believe in staying true to our brand tagline, ‘member-owned, member-driven.’ We work in partnership with members to advance as one,” says Jane Trankina, senior director of supply chain for the Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based company.

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Sprouts Farmers Market is growing across 13 states from coast to coast at a rate of more than 30 new locations annually. By Russ Gager

As vice president of construction, procurement and facilities, Steve Hagen is keeping busy with Sprouts Farmers Market’s 36 store openings scheduled this year. Last year, he kept busy with 32 store openings. This pace has helped the company maintain the 14 percent annual growth rate that its board of directors set as a goal when the company went public in August 2013.
    “Generally, that’s the expectation – 14 percent organic growth,” Hagen says. “This year, we’re a little bit above 14 percent because we had the opportunity to take over a few of the Haggen stores that closed and convert them into Sprouts stores. So that was a few more stores than we planned this year.”
 

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UniPro Foodservice’s experienced staff allows it to provide market-leading services to its distributor members. By Jim Harris

UniPro Foodservice Inc.’s services touch the lives of millions of Americans every day, whether they know it or not. With 450 members operating more than 900 distribution locations, the Atlanta-based organization is the largest foodservice distribution cooperative in the United States.
    Through its distributors, UniPro provides foodservice products to more than 800,000 customers across the country including independent restaurants, multi-unit restaurant chains, healthcare facilities, schools, convenience stores  and consumers. The cooperative purchases goods worldwide from more than 500 manufacturers, including many leading national brands. “We have relationships with companies that bring products in by rail, truck or through different ports in the United States,” Executive Vice President of Procurement David Huch says.

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