Dairy Foods Top 100
Posted on August 17, 2015
Congratulations Team Franklin Foods for achieving the 2015 Dairy Foods Magazine Top 100 Ranking! Click here for the entire list.
Dairy Foods Magazine: Franklin Foods wants to make cream cheese new again
Posted on June 04, 2015
By Sarah Kennedy
Cream Cheese manufacturer Franklin Foods is on a mission to reinvent cream cheese. The company produces for retail, foodservice and private label and is currently the third largest cream cheese producer and the second-largest private label cream cheese manufacturer in the United States, according to the company.
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From Left to Right: Rocco Cardinale, John Ovitt, Jon Gutknecht, Jill Gutknecht, and Brian Ledding.
Dairy Foods Magazine: Franklin Foods hits jackpot in the desert
Posted on June 03, 2015
By Sarah Kennedy
When Delray Beach, Fla.-based Franklin Foods was looking to expand, the company never imagined building it's second plant in Casa Grande, Ariz. Admittedly it's not the first place that comes to mind when you think of a dairy state. But that's exactly what Franklin Foods found: big business dairy farms, a transporatation hub and a booming manufacturing community.
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Franklin Foods Receives Highest Level of Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF)
Posted on April 17, 2014
FRANKLIN FOODS RECEIVES HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFE QUALITY FOOD CERTIFICATION (SQF)
Franklin Foods’ Vermont and Arizona Manufacturing Facilities Achieve SQF 2000 Level 3
Delray Beach, FL— April 17, 2014 - Franklin Foods, the world’s fastest growing cream cheese company, announced today it has received the highest level of certification by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) for both its Casa Grande, Arizona and Enosburg Falls, Vermont facilities. The SQF 2000 Level 3 certification is the highest level possible for food safety and quality, and is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), whose aim is, “safe food for consumers everywhere.”
The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of Food Marketing Institute (FMI), administers the SQF program. SQF is a leader in global food safety, quality certification, and management systems. The SQF Program provides “independent certification that a suppliers food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulation.” This according to SQF, “enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.”
”We are very proud to be an SQF 2000 Level 3 corporation, and could not have achieved this world-class certification without the dedication and commitment of both our Arizona and Vermont teams. We are now positioned to drive our domestic and international plans for our rapidly growing Greek Cream Cheese brand, Food Service, Retail Private Label and International business,” said Jon Gutknecht, President and CEO of Franklin Foods.
About Franklin Foods
Franklin Foods’, corporate offices are located in Delray Beach, FL, with manufacturing facilities in Enosburg Falls, Vermont and Casa Grande, AZ. Franklin Foods is a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 Certified manufacturer. Franklin Foods began producing cheese in 1899 using fresh milk and cream from nearby farms. Today, the Franklin Foods tradition of top quality, delicious taste and dairy innovation continues. Franklin Foods is the fastest growing cream cheese producer in the World and continues on its mission to "Re-Invent Cream Cheese® for today’s consumers." Franklin Foods’ award-winning products are distributed to industrial, institutional, foodservice, private label, supermarket and club store accounts across the United States and numerous international markets. For more information visit: www.franklinfoods.com
Vermont Gas Now Serving Enosburg and Franklin Foods with Natural Gas
Posted on October 09, 2013
Vermont Gas has announced that it is now serving Franklin Foods with natural gas. Franklin Foods is a regionally-important business that employs over 100 people. The company, founded in Franklin County in 1899, is the third-largest cream cheese producer in the country and is known for its excellent quality and dairy innovation.
Vermont Gas is adding 14 miles of natural gas distribution pipeline that will provide a more affordable, cleaner and safe energy option for 490 residential and 110 commercial customers in the Village of Enosburg.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with Franklin Foods to provide them with cleaner, lower cost energy and to bring natural gas service to the residents of Enosburg," said Don Gilbert, President and CEO of Vermont Gas. "We hear repeatedly from Vermont businesses about how important it is to lower their cost of energy in order to compete nationally and maintain or grow their work force locally. It gives us a great deal of satisfaction to be able to extend the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas service to more of Vermont's homes and businesses."
"We are so pleased to finally have natural gas supplied to our Enosburg Falls production facility," said Jon Gutknecht President & CEO of Franklin Foods in Enosburg. "We were happy to play a role in helping bring this cost effective 'greener' energy benefit not just to our plant, but to all the citizens and businesses of Enosburg."
Franklin Foods is the first customer in Enosburg to be connected to natural gas and work is underway to connect schools, businesses and residential customers this fall. Vermont Gas' $2.8 million expansion project was announced at a July 9th ground-breaking ceremony at Franklin Foods in Enosburg Falls with state and local officials on hand for the ground-breaking.
"The extension of natural gas service to Enosburg and Franklin Foods by Vermont Gas Systems is a major development for our local economy," said Tim Smith, executive director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. "The use of natural gas by Franklin Foods will assist them in their ongoing efforts to be more competitive in a global marketplace."
The pipeline, which will be buried underground, is expected to save local customers as much as $1,500,000 per year while reducing their annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by almost 1,900 pounds. Natural gas currently costs 44% less than fuel oil and 54% less than propane, and it's one of the cleanest energy sources for thermal processes and space heating.
In Vermont, natural gas residential customers can save up to $2,000 per year when compared to fuel oil or propane; eligible low-income Vermont Gas customers can receive an additional 20% discount. The company's long heritage for safe and reliable operations includes its award-winning energy-efficiency programs, which reduce energy use while saving Vermont homes and businesses more than $13 million every year.
Cheese Market News Retail Watch Article: Franklin Foods
Posted on February 13, 2013
New Arizona Facility to Expand Western U.S. Distribution
By Kate Sander
Franklin Foods Inc. is on a mission to re-invent cream cheese for today's consumer, and as the company begins to offer Greek Cream Cheese and prepares to open new facility in Casa Grande, Ariz.., it appears the mission is well underway and successful.
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Press Release - World's Fastest Growing Cream Cheese Company Announces Second Facility in Arizona
Posted on November 07, 2012
Delray Beach, FL— November 7, 2012 -- Franklin Foods, Inc., the world’s fastest growing cream cheese company, announced today their decision to open a second manufacturing facility as part of the company’s strategic growth initiative and to meet the growing demand for their products. The new facility will be located in Casa Grande, Arizona. Cream Cheese production is planned to commence in early 2013.
The Franklin Food West facility greatly expands manufacturing capacity for Franklin’s rapidly growing Food Service, Industrial, Retail, Private Label and International businesses. This new production capacity will also be used to meet consumer demand for Franklin's recently launched Greek Cream Cheese. New modern technology has been acquired and will be installed to accelerate the company's Mission to "Re-Invent Cream Cheese for Today's Consumers."
Franklin Foods was established in Enosburg Falls, Vermont in 1899 and has a rich tradition of supporting local New England Dairy Farmers by purchasing fresh milk and cream from nearby farms and suppliers. The company will continue this tradition in Arizona by purchasing local milk and cream from United Dairyman of Arizona (UDA).
“Over the past two years we’ve conducted an exhaustive search throughout the Western USA, and we are pleased to announce our new facility in Casa Grande, Arizona,” said Jon Gutknecht, President & CEO of Franklin Foods. “We are excited to put down roots in the local community and partner with, not only UDA and their Coop of Arizona family farms, but also the talent-rich community of Casa Grande. We could not be happier to be a part of the Great State of Arizona."
Franklin Food's state-of-the-art 90,000 square foot facility in Casa Grande will produce a full line of cultured cream cheese and cream cheese based products including the newly announced and industry first Greek Cream Cheese. The facility is expected to create 59 new jobs over the next two years.
Keith Murfield, CEO of United Dairymen of Arizona said, "We are pleased that Franklin Foods has chosen Arizona and Casa Grande for their expansion. We are very impressed with Franklin's team and look forward to welcoming them as a new customer of UDA."
“We’d like to give special thanks to the various groups and agencies that were instrumental in our selection of Casa Grande. The Honorable Bob Jackson, Mayor of Casa Grande, Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority, Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Jim Dinkle, Executive Director of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation,” said Jon Gutknecht, CEO of Franklin Foods commenting on the opening of the new facility.
Franklin Foods, Inc. also announced today that it has promoted Rocco Cardinale to Vice-President. In his new role, Mr. Cardinale and his family will relocate from South Florida to Arizona where he will oversee the startup of the new facility.
About Franklin Foods
Franklin Foods, Inc., corporate offices are located in Delray Beach, FL, with manufacturing facilities in Enosburg Falls, Vermont and Casa Grande, AZ. Franklin Foods is a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level 3 Certified manufacturer. Franklin Foods began producing cheese in 1899 using fresh milk and cream from nearby farms. Today, the Franklin Foods tradition of top quality, delicious taste and dairy innovation continues. Franklin Foods is the fastest growing cream cheese producer in the World and continues on its mission to "Re-Invent Cream Cheese® for today’s consumers." Franklin Foods’ award-winning products are distributed to industrial, institutional, foodservice, private label, supermarket and club store accounts across the United States and numerous international markets. For more information visit: www.franklinfoods.com
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Back to School with Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese
Posted on August 31, 2012
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese celebrates fifth anniversary serving New York City Schools!
Seventh U.S. Patent Issued to Franklin Foods
Posted on August 21, 2012
Franklin Foods, Inc. has been issued its seventh patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for Yogurt Cheese Products. Patent number 8,247,015 has been issued to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt. The timeliness of the seventh patent approval for Yogurt Cheese Products correlates with a growing demand within institutional channels for lowfat ingredients to help reduce the fat, calories and cholesterol in mainstream consumer packaged goods. This demand is due to rising obesity rates and consumers continued desire for healthier food alternatives.
Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum
Posted on August 01, 2012
Join the Vermont Fresh Network for a special evening when farmers and chefs from all across Vermont come together to prepare a sensationl meal. The celebration features a bounty of Vermont grown products. Sunday, August 5, at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.
Tapping Into Employee Creativity - Article by Damian Killen
Posted on January 09, 2012
Author Damien Killen writes a timely article on the hot topic of innovation, idea creation and personality types. Thanks to Damien for including the marketing of Hahn's Yogurt Cream Cheese in the article. Click here to read the entire article
Franklin Foods Suffers No Damage During Hurricane Irene
Posted on August 29, 2011
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and concerns with the recent storms in Vermont. Fortunately, all is fine at our facility in Northeastern, VT and we are happy to report no damage. Wishing our neighbors and friends that have been impacted by the storm all the best.
Franklin Foods Co-Sponsors "Music In The Vineyard" at Snow Farm Winery
Posted on June 20, 2011
Come on out to Snow Farm Vineyards every Thursday evening from June to September for the award-winning live concert music series. All concerts are free and no tickets are required.
From week to week they present a variety of music to satisfy all tastes - from classical to jazz to swing to bluegrass to classic rock. Picnicking begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.
2011 Summer Concert Schedule
23-Jun Dirt Road sponsored by Keeler Bay Variety
30-Jun Shakedown Co-sponsored by The Islander and SilverCloud Design
04-Jul Groove Thing sponsored by Vermont Nutfree Chocolate (Special Monday Night Concert)
07-Jul Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers sponsored by Shore Acres and Merchants Bank.
14-Jul The High Rollers sponsored by The Law Offfices of David Carter, Esq
21-Jul The Phil Abair Band sponsored by A&B Beverage and Andrea Champagne Real Estate
28-Jul Quadra sponsored by Tim Brisson & Associates
30-Jul The Tammy Fletcher Band sponsored by The Blue Paddle Bistro
(Special Saturday night concert. Box dinners to go available at the Blue Paddle with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity. Must be ordered ahead of time)
04-Aug After The Rodeo sponsored by CIDER.
11-Aug Nobby Reed sponsored by NE Delta Dental
18-Aug The Bone Killers sponsored by Paw Print & Mail
25-Aug The Joshua Panda Band sponsored by Apple Island Resort
01-Sept Starline Rhythm Boys sponsored by W.V.M.T
June is Dairy Month!
Posted on June 01, 2011
Fifth U.S. Patent Issued for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese
Posted on March 16, 2011
Franklin Foods, Inc. has been issued its fifth patent from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. Patent number 7,897,185 has been issued to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt. The timeliness of the fifth patent approval for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese correlates with a growing demand within institutional channels for lowfat ingredients to help reduce the fat, calories and cholesterol in mainstream consumer packaged goods. This demand is due to rising obesity rates and consumers continued desire for healthier food alternatives.
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese On-Trend with New Federal Dietary Guidelines
Posted on February 21, 2011
According to the IDFA the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages 3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products for adults and children 9 years and older. For children ages 4-8, the recommendation was increased from 2-2.5 servings, and for children ages 2-3, the recommendation remains 2 servings. The dairy food group (milk, cheese and yogurt) is a substantial contributor of many nutrients in the U.S. diet that are important for good health, including calcium, potassium, phosporus, magnesium, zinc, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and riboflavin.
Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese fits right into the new guidelines and national efforts to curb obesity in schools because it has 60% less fat, 60% less saturated fat, 55% less cholesterol and 30% less sodium and delivers four times more calcium per serving than regular cream cheese.
Hahn's Yogurt Cream Cheese Expands California Distribution
Posted on December 30, 2010
Franklin Foods mission to spread the goodness of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese and help schools fight the battle against childhood obesity has reached 20 more school districts. According to the Center for Disease Control, and their National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, obesity in children continues to rise at an alarming rate. The Franklin Foods mission to Re-Invent Cream Cheese and offer innovative products, like Yogurt Cream Cheese, which delivers cream cheese taste and performance with the natural benefit of reduced fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories ushers in a new era of food options for schools to serve their students.
CDC Survey Results Report: 1971-74 to 2003-2006
- Obesity in Children aged from 2 - 5 increased from 5% to 12.4%
- Obesity in Children aged from 6 -11 increased from 4% to 17%
- Obesity in Children aged from 12 -19 increased from 6.1% to 17.6%
- 20% of US Children have abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels and these higher levels are tied more prominently to overweight and obese children.
Franklin Foods Awarded Business of the Year for 2010
Posted on November 19, 2010
Franklin Foods Headed to Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival on July 25th
Posted on July 15, 2010
According to the Vemont Cheesemakers Festival, Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season.
For more information visit www.vtcheesefest.com
Franklin Foods Receives Highest Level of Safe Quality Food Certification (SQF)
Posted on March 03, 2010
ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt. — Mar. 3, 2010 — Franklin Foods, a leading manufacturer and marketer of cream cheese based products announces it has received the highest level certification by Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) for its Enosburg Falls, VT facility. The SQF 2000 Level 3 certification is the highest level possible for food safety and quality and is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), whose aim is, “safe food for consumers everywhere.”
The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF), a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), administers the SQF Program. SQF is a leader in global food safety, quality certification, and management system. The SQF Program provides “independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulation.” This, according to SQF, “enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.”
“We are very proud to be acknowledged internationally for our company wide commitment to manufacturing excellence through the SQF program which requires thorough training, regular auditing, and strict protocols. Just as important it will help us build relationships with domestic and international customers and drive our growth plans in 2010,” said Rocco Cardinale director of marketing.
About Franklin Foods
Franklin Foods, Inc., is located in Enosburg Falls, Vermont’s dairy capital. Franklin Foods began producing cheese in 1899, using fresh milk and cream from nearby farms. Today, Franklin Foods is a manufacturer of innovative branded specialty cream cheese based spreads and dips. Franklin is also the inventor of their patented Yogurt Cream Cheese, which delivers cream cheese taste and performance with natural benefit of reduced fat, sodium, cholesterol and fat. Several years ago, Franklin embarked on a strategic growth plan that includes the rapid development and expansion of products targeted toward the Private Label Cream Cheese category. Franklin Foods is a full line cream cheese supplier and distributes its award-winning products to industrial, institutional, food service, private label, supermarket and club store accounts across the United States and in select international markets. For more information, visit www.franklinfoods.com.
Third U.S. Patent Approved for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese
Posted on August 28, 2009
(Enosburg Falls, VT) August 28, 2009-Franklin Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued patent number 7,572,473 to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt for the award-winning Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. This is the third patent for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese.
These key patent approvals allow for protected manufacturing, marketing and distribution of Yogurt & Cream Cheese across dairy, food service, culinary and retail categories, which will have a positive impact on consumers' health and wellness.
Franklin Foods Wins 3 Medals at the American Cheese Society Competition
Posted on August 10, 2009
Enosburg Falls, VT - August 12, 2009 – Franklin Foods amazed the judges by winning medals for Hahn’s Cultured Cream Cheese, Hahn’s Neufchâtel, and the patented Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese, at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Austin, Texas on August 5-8. The American Cheese Society is the country’s premiere platform for cheese industry research and education.
The highlight of the contest for Franklin Foods was its Hahn’s brand. Hahn’s Cultured Cream Cheese and Hahn’s Neufchâtel achieved the highest vote totals in the highly competitive—fresh unripened cheese made from cow’s milk category—thus securing a 1st and 2nd Place finish.
Not to be outdone, the patented Hahn’s Yogurt & Cream Cheese tied for 2nd Place in the low fat / low salt category for flavored cheeses. A highly competitive category that requires cheese makers to deliver on both great taste and low fat benefits, Hahn’s achieved the highest vote total of any sweet flavored low fat / low salt cheese.
“Hahn’s cheeses are the forerunners of dairy innovation and trusted by professional chefs, bakers and consumers for their delicious taste and excellent quality. The results confirm that the Franklin Foods brands and products can compete with leading industry rivals and excel on an international level,” said Rocco Cardinale director of marketing.
According to David Grotenstein, chairman of the Judging and Competition, “We had a record turnout with 1,327 entries this year from 197 companies. We saw surges in blue cheeses and farmstead cheeses. Goat cheeses, both fresh and aged, were up dramatically. We had 32 states represented this year, plus three Canadian provinces and—a first this year with entries from the State of Mexico. In these tougher times, cheesemakers are hoping a ribbon will be a marketing tool.”
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Approved by Alameda County School District
Posted on July 28, 2009
Franklin Foods continues its mission to "Spread the Goodness of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese" across the United States. Beginning in the 2009 school year Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese will be served to 225,000 students across 18 school districts in Alameda County, California.
Food Biz Kids Rate Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese A Winner!
Posted on July 10, 2008
The industry leading Food Processing Magazine tested Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese with their Food Biz Kids student product testers. The results "A Great Bagel Topper". Click here to read the results.
The “I Want Hahn's” Global Suggestion Box Launched
Posted on January 25, 2008
Franklin Foods launches "I Want Hahn's" an internet-based global suggestion box that connects consumers with corporate food purchasing buyers "The 'I Want Hahn's' campaign is a consumer empowerment tool and builds upon our previous social-media success," said Rocco Cardinale, director of marketing. Here's how it works:
Consumers visit the Franklin Foods homepage and click on the "I Want Hahn's" button. Next, the consumer fills out a form requesting that Hahn's be available in their local community, i.e., school, supermarket. Franklin Foods then organizes each consumer-generated request geographically. The sales team and national broker network then share each submission with corporate food buyers during their presentations to show existing unmet demand for the Hahn's brand in each market.
Hahn's Debuts at New Jersey School Nutrition Annual Conference
Posted on November 07, 2007
The New Jersey Chapter of the School Nutrition Association held its 45th Annual Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese was part of the excitement, and was sampled by over 600 school foodservice buyers.
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Scores Big at World Cheese Championships
Posted on March 23, 2006
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Blueberry Dream achieved a Second place in the Reduced Fat category during the World Cheese Championships in Milwaukee, WI
Hahn's Voted a Two-Time “Consumer Hit!” by Supermarket Guru
Posted on June 29, 2005
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese 8 oz. Bar has been voted a “Consumer Hit” by NBC Today Show Food Editor and Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese 7 oz. cup was also voted a “Consumer Hit” on May 11, 2005.