Chances are, we’ve played a role in your dining experience!
Foodservice trends indicate that mushroom menu options have increased by 43% over the past six years and represent mushroom usage for the foodservice category at approximately 270 million pounds annually, with a yearly growth rate of 8%. South Mill has responded to the fast-moving demands of foodservice operators throughout the country by offering product selections and programs that are competitively unsurpassed in the areas of customized packing specifications and value-added convenience. This has resulted in the satisfaction of varying culinary needs from the white tablecloth chef to the component-based, quick serve restaurant manager.
We are particularly proud of the role we have played in supplying the ever-growing pizza industry, with this segment of the business growing to 75,000 units nationwide by 2014 and with a retail sales market of $40 billion. South Mill’s products proudly continue to grow in popularity as they top pies for several premier chains, as well as for many high-profile regional pizza chains.
Our facilities and processes are continuously self-monitored and regularly audited by many accredited food safety organizations that are widely recognized for their high standards. We are proud of our record of consistently scoring in the 97 percentile and achieving nearly 20 years of uninterrupted “Superior” performance ratings on all of our facility audits.
South Mill’s retail products and services have a demonstrated reputation of superior quality and consistent supply throughout the industry. Frequent communication with our retail partners enables our company to respond quickly to market fluctuations with customized products and programs that reflect both our customers’ commitment to excellence and our ability to assist them in growing mushroom categories profitably. With the ultimate goal of growing category awareness, South Mill proudly custom packs private label lines for many premier retailers in the United States.
Our state-of-the-art growing and packing facilities, quality assurance controls, and seamless distribution network ensure South Mill’s products arrive at their destination with that just-picked freshness, making our customers’ stores distinctive destination categories for mushrooms and much more.
Value added food processing / Industrial Ingredient
Frozen / IQF Products
Our cutting-edge equipment and processes provide IQF mushrooms in any dimensional configuration or pack size desired by our customers. White mushrooms, portabellas, creminis, and exotics, both organic or non-organic, are all available to our IQF customers. Additionally, we can custom freeze other food and produce items for packers and growers who require seasonal overflow capacity or consistent year-round packing support.
This division has been readily accepted by the trade. For customers in all food segments, including soup or sauce manufacturers, pizza or center of the plate manufacturers, and ingredient blenders, our freezing and processing operation provides a finished product specification customized to their requirement.
Fire Roasting & Blanching
Thanks to the recent installation of our fire roaster/griller, we are able to offer our customers an expanded line of finished foods. These options provide a unique flavor profile to the expanded list of produce items that can be accommodated by this technology. The “roasted/grilled” category is a rapidly developing market targeted to the needs of those chefs or manufacturers looking for a unique flavor profile.
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Produce Sourced From All Around The World!
South Mill imports and markets select produce from the finest growing regions in the world. Through this expanded portfolio of food products, our foodservice customers can manage their categories more efficiently with one-stop perishable buying in a variety of sizes and packages.
The benefits of these diversified partnerships throughout the world provide our customers flexibility and variety in managing their perishable categories.
By being adaptive in our approach to secure offshore produce, South Mill is willing to commit to unique grower-shipper relationships. Programs including fixed pricing contracts, advanced funding for planting and harvesting costs, long-term purchase order obligations for the purchase of products committed, or any other option that will ensure a steady supply of products into our distribution network are all things that South Mill will accommodate on behalf of its grower-shippers.