Freshway Foods says it is celebrating its 25th anniversary with tremendous growth, positive change and a long-standing commitment to creating a clear value proposition.
Started by co-owners Frank and Phil Gilardi, the Sidney, Ohio-based company originated with five associates in an 8,000-s.f. facility. Today, Freshway operates in a state-of-the-art 100,000-s.f. facility and employs more than 400 team members. Many of these associates have served at Freshway for more than 20 years.
“We are very proud to see so many dedicated associates at Freshway Foods. Our ability to recruit, hire and maintain a loyal workforce is a significant competitive advantage in our industry,” says Frank Gilardi, CEO.
The company’s distribution area now covers more than 60 percent of the U.S. population and led to the creation of Freshway Logistics in 2003, a fleet of 41 power units and 53 trailers that provide rapid response logistic solutions to customers east of Mississippi from Maine to Florida.
Freshway continues to deliver many benefits to its range of foodservice, retail and broadliner customers, the company says. Some of these benefits include convenience, consistency, reduced preparation time, 100 percent usable product, labor cost reduction and a strong emphasis on food safety and quality.
While the company focuses on new product development for foodservice and retail customers, Freshway also supports nationwide initiatives to provide healthier food in schools.
Looking ahead, Freshway recognizes the importance of maintaining and expanding its valued workforce.
“We are very fortunate that our surrounding community provides us with plenty of support. We very much look forward to celebrating many more milestones of growth with our family of associates,” says Phil Gilardi, president.