2016 has been a year of exciting developments for Tropical Foods. As 2017 approaches, we wanted to revisit and share some of the highlights from this past year. A huge thank you to all of our customers and staff for making this such a great year!
Sodexo Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year
Tropical Foods was honored by Sodexo North America as their 2016 Strategic Diverse Supplier Partner of the Year. Sodexo is a major supporter of minority and diversity owned companies including women-owned businesses. Tropical Foods has been a certified WBENC business since 2002 when sisters Angela Bauer and Carolyn Bennett became majority owners.
Honored at the awards presentation, Tropical Foods won for demonstrating a strategic and collaborative approach when working with Sodexo by providing innovative ideas to increase product utilization and developing differentiated products that address trends and consumer preferences in our marketplace. Tropical Foods has excelled in the area of customer service and continuously demonstrated our extensive product knowledge and best-in-class deployment processes which has resulted in a 45% program increase.
New Garden Chips™ packaging
York’s Harvest® Garden Chips™ continue to grow in the “better-for-you” snack category and we felt it was time for a brand and packaging refresh. Garden Chips™ debuted a new logo and packaging that better evokes the healthier lifestyle of the brand. The health benefits of the product are highlighted on the front of packaging to appeal to consumers’ cravings for “better for you” snack options. For buyers, the new packaging offers some necessary specifics like a tamperproof seal and the ability for Garden Chips™ to hang on racks or lie flat or sideways on shelves. Consumers are looking for healthier snack options, so Garden Chips™ have been a great growth item for us. We’re happy to see the new branding and packaging match the innovation of the product.