Sargento acquires frozen sauce maker

by Eric Schroeder
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PLYMOUTH, WIS. — Sargento Foods Inc. announced it has acquired Bellingham, Wash.-based Portionables, Inc., a manufacturer of frozen sauce and other value-added food products.

"Portionables offered us an exciting and unique opportunity to secure best-in-class product development expertise and manufacturing," said Lou Gentine, chairman and chief executive officer, Sargento Foods Inc. "We believe that high quality sauces and meal solutions where cheese and other fresh ingredients are integral to the recipe offer significant opportunities to better serve the expanding product needs of our customers. The combination of Portionables individually quick frozen (I.Q.F.) technology and our cheese expertise will help us realize this opportunity."

Portionables, which in addition to Bellingham operates a plant in North Sioux City, S.D., specializes in the development, production, and co-packing of I.Q.F. portion control foods. I.Q.F. technology is a rapid freezing process where peak flavor, texture, and color of ingredients are preserved.

"Our I.Q.F. process makes it possible to offer a consistently ‘fresh-made’ taste in a convenient and customizable form," said Patrick Calliari, founder and president, Portionables. "The Sargento commitment to bringing high quality taste experiences to consumers mirrors our own, and their unique cheese and other dairy expertise offers us a wonderful opportunity for new product development."

Portionables products are used in restaurants, cafeterias and on dinner tables throughout North America. Principal products include sauces, soups, desserts, side dishes, and fruit and vegetable purees for both the food service and food ingredient sectors across the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Current sales and management responsibilities at Portionables will remain under Mr. Calliari’s guidance and direction. He will report directly to Mr. Gentine.

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