Main Street Ingredients PR Archives – 2010


Agropur acquisition provides growth opportunities for Main Street Ingredients

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Main Street Ingredients acquired by Agropur

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

La Crosse, WI – Main Street Ingredients announced today that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Agropur, Canada’s largest dairy cooperative.

“Becoming part of the Agropur organization gives Main Street Ingredients broader resources and expertise to continue its impressive growth and innovation, serving food industry customers around the world,” says Main Street’s current CEO, Dave Clark.

Main Street Ingredients will operate under its own licensed name and will continue to be overseen by the current president, Bill Schmitz. The operation and employees in La Crosse will remain the core of the Main Street Ingredients business.

“This most recent acquisition represents a great fit with our current operations and will allow us to keep building a strong foundation for continued growth,” reported Agropur’s CEO, Pierre Claprood. Agropur cooperative is a Canadian dairy industry leader, with over 5,600 employees and 27 plants in Canada, the U.S. and Argentina.

Within the Agropur organization, Schmitz will report to the Vice-president, Sales for Cheese and Functional Products, Sylvain Melancon. “Main Street Ingredients is in direct line with our strategic plan and will allow us to develop that specific niche,” added Melancon.

About Main Street Ingredients

Main Street Ingredients is a leader in providing high quality food ingredients to the dairy, nutritional and food processing industries.  Applications include ice cream, frozen desserts, cheese, bakery, nutritional beverages, confections, and more. The corporate office and manufacturing facilities are located in La Crosse, WI with distribution outlets across North America. Recognized for its functional stabilizer systems, expertise in proteins, private-label nutritional systems and custom-formulated blends, Main Street Ingredients provides innovative concepts to customers worldwide. Main Street Ingredient’s manufacturing facility is USDA and Grade A, rated superior by the American Institute of Baking, certified by GMA-SAFE, GMP certified by NSF, Kosher compliant and certified Organic. For more information, visit us at www.mainstreetingredients.com.

About Agropur

Founded in 1938, Agropur cooperative is a Canadian dairy industry leader, with $ 3.4 billion in sales. It has 3,459 shareholders and further to this latest acquisition, 5,626 employees distributed among its 27 plants and numerous distribution centres and offices across Canada, the U.S. and Argentina. It processes 6.8 billion pounds of milk annually and offers an impressive array of products, including such popular brands as Schroeder, Quebon, Oka, Sealtest, Natrel, Island Farms, Yoplait and La Lacteo. For more information: www.agropur.com.

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Main Street recognized for expansion and modernization of facilities

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Main Street to Market Innovative Sodium Reduction Ingredient, Soda-Lo

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

La Crosse, WI – Main Street Ingredients continues its commitment to sodium reduction by introducing North American food manufacturers to Soda-Lo, an innovative sodium reduction solution. Engineered by Nottingham-based Eminate, Soda-Lo’s microscopic (5-10 microns) salt crystals deliver an intense hit on taste buds, which enables food formulators to cut sodium by more than 50% without impacting flavor.

In itself, Soda-Lo is a 100% sodium chloride product and can be listed as ‘salt’ on labels. The secret is Eminate’s patent pending technology. By restructuring the microscopic salt particles to take on the form of free-flowing hallow balls, Soda-Lo is able to evade application issues like clumping or caking.

“Soda-Lo is a great addition to our portfolio of sodium reduction offerings,” says Guy Bouthillier, Main Street Ingredients Director of New Business Development. “We are very excited to partner with Eminate in bringing this ingredient to the North American market. The timing is significant as both Canada and the U.S.’s food industries are facing brand new sodium reduction recommendations. The American panel now wants the average citizen to target no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Canada has established an interim sodium intake goal of 2,300 mg of sodium per day to be achieved by 2016.” Bouthillier adds, “With many key food manufacturers declaring commitments to lower sodium levels, sodium reduction can no longer be considered a trend but rather a principal objective in the industry.”

Eminate Business Sales Manager, Kevin Wilson, states, “While Eminate initially focused on the bakery sector, moving forward, the clean-label status and competitive price Soda-Lo provides will prove beneficial to companies manufacturing cheeses, sausages, crisps, sauces, soups and bakery premixes.”

About Main Street Ingredients

Main Street Ingredients is a leader in providing high quality food ingredients to the dairy, nutritional and food processing industries. Applications include ice cream and frozen desserts, cheese products, bakery products, nutritional beverages, confections, and more. The corporate office and manufacturing facilities are located in La Crosse, WI with distribution outlets across North America. Recognized for its functional stabilizer systems, expertise in proteins, private-label nutritional systems and custom-formulated blends, Main Street Ingredients provides innovative concepts to customers worldwide. Main Street Ingredient’s manufacturing facility is USDA and Grade A, rated superior by the American Institute of Baking, certified by FPA-SAFE, GMP certified by NSF, Kosher compliant and certified Organic. A team of cutting-edge food scientists, combined with a new Research & Development Center and an accredited quality systems program is a recipe for success. For more information, visit us at www.mainstreetingredients.com.

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Main Street Ingredients Expands Branded Ingredients Group

Monday, August 30, 2010

La Crosse, WI – Main Street Ingredients, a leading manufacturer of functional food ingredients, is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Jordi and Joe Kretschmer to their Branded Ingredients Group.

Aaron Jordi joins Keystone™ Stabilizer Systems Group

“Aaron brings years of technical sales experience and a deep desire for customer satisfaction to the Keystone stabilizer team. His ability to dissect a project and think outside the norm for solutions will complement our innovative R&D staff,” notes Manager of Keystone™ Stabilizer Systems, Eric Hallstead. The multi-functional line of Keystone™ Stabilizers enhance desirable characteristics in food applications, such as ice cream, cultured dairy products, bakery items, beverages, confections, nutritional products and processed cheese.

Joe Kretschmer joins the Cornerstone™ Functional Proteins Group

“Joe’s fine attention to detail and customer focus make him an ideal fit for this team,” says Mike Homewood,Director of Sales. As a Cornerstone account manager, Kretschmer will be working closely with customers to help achieve their functional and nutritional goals. Cornerstone™ Functional Proteins provide superior attributes due to Main Street Ingredients’ proprietary processes and advanced technologies in the milk and whey protein areas.

“Our core strategy is to support growth in our brands,” adds Homewood. “The appointment of Joe and Aaron is an important step towards achieving this objective.”

About Main Street Ingredients

Main Street Ingredients is a leader in providing high quality food ingredients to the dairy, nutritional and food processing industries. Applications include ice cream and frozen desserts, cheese products, bakery products, nutritional beverages, confections, and more. The corporate office and manufacturing facilities are located in La Crosse, WI with distribution outlets across North America. Recognized for its functional stabilizer systems, expertise in proteins, private-label nutritional systems and custom-formulated blends, Main Street Ingredients provides innovative concepts to customers worldwide. Main Street Ingredient’s manufacturing facility is USDA and Grade A, rated superior by the American Institute of Baking, certified by FPA-SAFE, GMP certified by NSF, Kosher compliant and certified Organic. A team of cutting-edge food scientists, combined with a new Research & Development Center and an accredited quality systems program is a recipe for success. For more information, visit us at www.mainstreetingredients.com.

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Main Street Partners with Klinge Foods to Distribute LoSalt® to Food Manufacturers

Friday, March 12, 2010

LA CROSSE, WI, March 12, 2010— Main Street Ingredients has been appointed by Klinge Foods Ltd as the industrial representative and distributor of their highly successful reduced sodium LoSalt® to food manufacturers in North America.

LoSalt® is a great tasting reduced sodium salt containing only one-third the sodium of regular table, sea and rock salts. As it is high in natural potassium, it is a far healthier salt. LoSalt®is an innovative and responsible approach to consumer sodium health issues.

“Main Street Ingredients is excited to partner with Klinge Foods and add LoSalt® to its portfolio of health and wellness ingredients serving the food industry in North America”, states Bill Schmitz, President, Main Street Ingredients. “LoSalt® will extend our commitment to providing healthy ingredients and will respond to the increasing consumer pressure put on food manufacturers to reduce sodium in their products.”

“LoSalt®, a leader (with a 82% market share) in the UK reduced sodium retail market, has assisted various food manufacturers launch lower sodium products in the UK”, adds Mike Lloyd, Sales & Business Development Manager, Klinge Foods. “It is with great pleasure that we partner with Main Street Ingredients to bring this great ingredient to food manufacturers in North America.”

Guy Bouthillier, Director of Business Development, Main Street Ingredients states, “As partners to food processors, we are well aware of their customer’s concerns in regards to the health issues of salt. Main Street Ingredients is pleased to offer the technical assistance to help food developers optimize their lower sodium products. LoSalt® is a great ingredient to address these concerns.”

About Main Street Ingredients
Main Street Ingredients is a leader in providing high quality food ingredients to the dairy, nutritional and food processing industries. Applications include ice cream and frozen desserts, cheese products, bakery products, nutritional beverages, confections, and more. The corporate office and manufacturing facilities are located in La Crosse, WI with distribution outlets across North America. Recognized for its functional stabilizer systems, expertise in proteins, private-label nutritional systems and custom-formulated blends, Main Street Ingredients provides innovative concepts to customers worldwide. Main Street Ingredient’s manufacturing facility is USDA and Grade A, rated superior by the American Institute of Baking, certified by EPA-SAFE, GMP certified by NSF, Kosher compliant and certified Organic. A team of cutting-edge food scientists, combined with a new Research & Development Center and an accredited quality systems program is a recipe for success. For more information, visit us at www.mainstreetingredients.com.

About Klinge Foods and LoSalt®
LoSalt®: Balanced for Life, Balanced for Flavour
Product Definition
66% less sodium than regular table, sea and rock salts
Blend of 66.6% (min.) potassium chloride and 33.3% (max.) sodium chloride with anti-caking agent (0.5% MgCO3)
Kosher certified, Halal suitable and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and allergy sufferers — organic version available.
FDA accredited

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