March 26, 2020
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December 06, 2019
— Batory to take over as exclusive distributor of Procol® food grade guar gum in the United States and Canada.
— Polypro will continue to market non-food grade guar gum applications through sister company, Rantec Corporation.
Batory Foods announced today that it acquired the assets of Minneapolis-based Polypro International, Inc., one of the largest distributors of hydrocolloids in the United States and the Americas. Batory Foods is the nation’s leading distributor of commodity and specialty food ingredients. With the addition of the Polypro business, Batory is positioned to become the largest distributor of clean label texturants in the United States.
Batory Foods President Ron Friedman said, “Polypro’s Mark Kieper—and his Dad before him—built a wonderful organization. Their customer service is outstanding and their supplier relationships are top-tier. These are big commercial shoes to fill.”
Polypro has been in business for 37 years and is a prominent supplier of Procol® food grade guar gum, which is used as a thickening, stabilizing, suspending and binding agent. Batory will take over as the exclusive distributor of Procol® in the United States and Canada.
Polypro owner and President Mark Kieper said, “Polypro’s relationship with Batory spans more than 20 successful years. Batory is the natural choice to manage the Procol brand going forward and can offer our long-standing customers thousands of other ingredients to go along with Procol Guar Gum.”
Kieper intends to focus Polypro’s commercial efforts on non-food grade guar gum applications through Rantec Corporation, a Polypro sister company. Batory will provide technical sales and service for all food grade business and refer any non-food grade inquiries to Rantec.
Hector Lopez, VP of Project Management for Batory, said “Polypro has a wonderful culture. The whole team is very customer focused. We think the Polypro folks will fit right in here.”
Starting Monday, December 9th, the Polypro Team will begin working with their customers to shift ordering to Batory Foods.
October 16, 2019
LODAAT Pharma and Batory Foods announce a strategic partnership for the distribution of LODAAT’s innovative new sweetener JAGEVIA™. The partnership will be announced at SupplySide West.
JAGEVIA™ is the world’s first natural, plant-based sweetener with high levels of vitamin B12, B6, low glycemic index, and other nutrients. Lodaat science developed the trademarked ingredient. An ideal substitute for sugar, stevia, and monk fruit, JAGEVIA™ may be used for applications in the food, beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors.
LODAAT and Batory representatives will be giving samples and showcasing JAGEVIA™ from the LODAAT BOOTH #2848 at SupplySide West, October 17-18, Las Vegas Nevada.
September 18, 2019
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) for food safety is a certification program in the food and manufacturing industries that meets Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards. One of the main tenets of BRC is the development of a food safety culture. At Batory, that culture incorporates a commitment that starts at the executive leadership level and continues through the organization and ends with the facility employees. Everyone at each level of Batory Foods is responsible for ensuring that ingredients we supply to our customers are, first and foremost, safe.
Batory-owned facilities, both manufacturing and distribution warehouses, are currently BRC-certified, with one exception: our new Commerce, CA facility which will receive BRC certification in 2020.
All facility employees receive Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) training at time of hire, annually, and additionally as needed. Each facility has its own Food Defense team. These teams are cross-functional with Operations and Quality departments, at a minimum. The facility manager typically serves as the team coordinator. The recall process is coordinated and overseen by the Director of Quality Assurance & Food Safety. An important element of the BRC program is traceability. Having these teams and processes in place ensures we can act quickly in the event of a recall or foodborne illness outbreak and account for all contaminated material in a matter of minutes.
The BRC guidelines are based on a proactive rather than reactive plan in regards to food safety. This concept can be applied to the consumer sector by setting good habits and always following them when it comes to food safety at home. Some examples would be: keeping cold foods cold and hot foods hot; cooking food thoroughly; keeping raw meat separate from cooked meat; thoroughly cleaning surfaces and utensils that contained raw meat; and this might be a tough one for some, but avoid “licking the bowl” of raw cake batter. These are just some of the simple things everyone can practice at home to keep our food safe and our families healthy.
Contributed by Ravi Somanahally, Director of Quality Assurance at Batory Foods
September 10, 2019
September is National Food Safety Education Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) get sick from foodborne diseases. Another 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 people die each year.
Sure, we all know how important it is to wash our hands before we handle food or after our hands come in contact with non-food surfaces, but do you know why it’s important? And do you know what other steps to take regarding food safety?
We know that globalization of food now creates new challenges for food safety. Germs can contaminate food at any point along the supply chain either directly or indirectly—while growing on the farm, during harvesting, during transport and distribution, in a grocery store and when preparing foods for consumption. If food becomes contaminated during any step in the process, people are at risk of getting sick even if months have passed between contamination and consumption.
The Food Safety Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve important roles in ensuring food safety in the United States.
- Food Safety and Inspection Service: FSIS is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA is charged with protecting the public health by assuring that foods (except for meat from livestock, poultry and some egg products which are regulated by FSIS) are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled; that cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and properly labeled; that human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective; regulating tobacco products; and protecting the public from electronic radiation.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC leads federal efforts to gather data on foodborne illnesses, investigate foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control efforts in reducing foodborne illnesses. CDC also plays a key role in building state and local health department epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health capacity to support foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response.
Throughout the entire supply chain, washing your hands is one of the most important steps anyone can take to prevent contamination. At Batory, we don’t handle, prepare or serve food directly to others, but we do store, handle and distribute packaged ingredients that will eventually be processed into ready-to-eat foods. During the transition, food is just as likely to be contaminated if not stored or handled properly. Therefore, additional steps for us include things such as temperature control, allergen segregation, truck inspections and daily audits to monitor these procedures and more. At the restaurant and consumer level, safety practices also include washing fruits & vegetables, keeping raw meats segregated from other ingredients, and cooking foods to the proper temperature.
While it’s important to practice safe food handling habits all year (like washing your hands!), National Food Safety Education Month is the perfect time to revitalize our focus on food safety and make sure we’re all doing our part to protect our families and millions of others.
Contributed by Patricia Fernandez, Facility Manager at Batory Foods’ Wilmington facility.
September 09, 2019
Today kicks off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! At Batory, we have our banners up and treats on order to celebrate some of the 3.5 million professional truckers in America. Truck drivers play a crucial role in moving the country forward, not only in the food industry, but in everything from pharmaceuticals to natural disaster relief. Take time this week to go the extra mile for the professional truck drivers in your life, at your company, or on the road. They’ve already gone 297.6 billion miles just for you!
September 04, 2019
At Batory, we espouse to Never Compromise on Food Safety. There is no “gray area” when it comes to the safety of what we sell. All employees in the food industry, from office personnel to production line, should be aware of the proper procedures to protect ingredients from biological, chemical, physical and allergenic hazards. At Batory we encourage our team to feel empowered to speak up when something doesn’t look right. We have a responsibility to millions of families to ensure that our ingredients are safe; every package, every customer, every time. For more on Food Safety Education Month, please visit CDC.gov.
September 10, 2018
We are thrilled to announce that Batory Foods will be relocating our corporate headquarters to Rosemont, Illinois, in September 2018. It is a big move for us, though it may not be a far one - the new office building is just down the block from our current location. After 24 years at our Des Plaines office building, we have outgrown the space. President Ron Friedman is looking forward to having all employees on the same floor again!
We moved into the Des Plaines office building in 1994 when Batory had just 85 employees, nationwide, across three locations – Des Plaines and Elk Grove in Illinois, and Hopkins, Minnesota. Today, Batory has nearly 500 team members across North America, with over 100 working out of the corporate office. The increasing number of desks eventually lead to the division of the team across two separate floors.
The new Rosemont, IL office space, located at 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 500, will allow for the entire team to share the same floor. All phone numbers, email addresses and other contact information will remain unchanged.
We are looking forward to settling into our fresh, new space. The move is expected to be completed by the 17th of September 2018.
August 03, 2018
Fiberstar, Inc., a global leader of natural, functional fibers entered into a distribution agreement with Batory Foods to expand the sales bandwidth across the Western United States.
Over the years, Fiberstar added capacity, introduced new Citri-Fi® products and entered into new categories. To increase the sales momentum and to penetrate the food and beverage market, Fiberstar partnered up with Batory Foods.
“Batory Foods has an excellent track record within the food and beverage market,” says John Haen, President and CEO of Fiberstar. "We are pleased to have Batory Foods as our Western Distributor. They will complement our specialty ingredient business and provide us the additional sales bandwidth.”
Fiberstar sells Citri-Fi, a natural fiber produced from citrus fruit. The patented process opens up the fiber to create high surface area which lends itself to high water holding capacity and emulsification properties. This natural fiber contains both insoluble and soluble fiber with high amounts of pectin which makes this fiber one of the best, functional fibers on the market. One of the key benefits is its ability to hold onto water and oil, naturally, with stabilizing benefits in some of the most challenging food processing conditions. Citri-Fi’s stability is superior versus many other hydrocolloids such as starches, gums and chemical stabilizers. Citri-Fi also provides textural, nutritional and cost benefits to meats, bakery, sauces, dairy and beverages.
Three product lines in the portfolio include the 100 series (native citrus fiber), 200 series (citrus fiber co-processed with guar gum) and the 300 series (citrus fiber co-processed with xanthan gum). The 200 and 300 series are useful in applications requiring additional viscosity.
Because Citri-Fi can be labeled as citrus fiber, dried citrus pulp or citrus flour, and is approved for use in many meat and poultry applications, it resonates well within the clean label market. Citri-Fi also qualifies as a fiber under the new FDA ruling. This natural fiber can replace starches, gums, emulsifiers and chemical stabilizers, depending on the application. In addition, this natural fiber is non-GMO and allergen-free and the 100 product line requires no E-number labeling.
November 03, 2017
Batory Foods has selected JDA® Demand and JDA® Fulfillment to support its inventory planning processes across multiple facilities nationwide. The news was highlighted in a recent press release by JDA Software Group.
June 30, 2017
Batory's food safety capabilities are highlighted in a recent article in Transportation & Logistics International.
June 30, 2017
Batory's Atlanta facility and logistics partnership are discussed in the Supply Chain World article.
March 21, 2017
Opening of the new facility is planned for this Spring.
June 13, 2016
Plan Incorporates Cutting-Edge Technology and Sustainable Design Elements
On May 16, 2016, Batory Foods broke ground on the construction of a 678,000-square-foot facility in Wilmington, IL. At a groundbreaking ceremony and reception at the construction site, the food ingredients distribution company introduced the community to Batory’s work and its plans for the site.
Alston Construction, headquartered in Lisle, IL, and Chicago-based Ridge Development are managing construction and development.
“This Wilmington handling and distribution center will be the flagship in the Batory organization,” said Ron Friedman, President, Batory, during the opening ceremony. “It will set the standard for efficiency and food safety throughout the food industry.”
Wilmington’s Mayor J. Marty Orr offered an inspiring message about the contributions Batory will make to the city. Fred Dingraudo, VP of Operations, Batory, thanked Wilmington officials for their support, including those in attendance: City Administrator Tony Graff, Police Chief Phillip Arnold and Fire Chief Tim Zlomie.
Jessica Stoja, Batory’s Operations Project Manager, shared the company’s vision for the future: The facility will incorporate cutting-edge technology and embrace environmentally responsible design elements, like remote-sensor LED lighting and electric car charging stations. With technologies in place to stay ahead of the regulatory curve, the site will seek to earn C-TPAT Certification and OSHA VPP status for Employee Safety.
“Batory is financially strong, an industry leader, and is committed to social responsibility,” said Stoja. “We are determined to become an integral part of this community, and we will continue to expand opportunity within the City of Wilmington and throughout Will County.”
The distribution center will perform two distinct operating functions: The building’s north end will be a full service distribution center. A portion of distribution from Batory’s Oakley, IL, facility will move to Wilmington. As the remaining distribution services will stay in place at Oakley, this represents an expansion of Batory’s capabilities.
In the building’s south end, Batory will provide third party logistics (3PL) services to Fonterra, a leading multinational dairy company with roots in New Zealand, beginning November 2016. Staffed entirely by Batory Foods employees, Batory will receive material directly from New Zealand, managing the inbound and outbound services related to that inventory.
To launch what will be sustained community involvement in Wilmington, Batory is sponsoring a charity basketball event this October. The fundraiser will support the addition of a canine member to the Wilmington police force. Batory is also a proud sponsor of the Wilmington Bobcats, a nonprofit youth tackle football and cheerleading organization. The sponsorship helps fund uniforms, equipment and facility maintenance and upgrades.
About Batory Foods
Founded in 1979, Batory Foods offers the industry's largest portfolio of food, nutraceutical and fine ingredients for U.S. food and beverage manufacturers. Our national system of warehouses and distribution centers, based on best-in-class logistics, speeds products to your door. Batory’s experienced sales representatives work with an abiding commitment to excellence in customer service. Batory’s network of distribution facilities serves thousands of customers and spans the full food industry spectrum.
Press Contact: Kaydi Decker, Media Relations Director | KDecker@batoryfoods.com
March 21, 2016
Des Plaines, Ill.―Batory Foods has been named an authorized distributor for the Corbion product line, including lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides. The U.S.-produced Corbion products span functions―including preservation, flavor enhancement, pH regulation and mineral fortification―across meat and poultry, dairy, beverage, confectionery, nutritional foods, fruits and vegetables and more.
This development is the natural progression of the flourishing relationship Batory and Corbion have enjoyed for years. Today, Corbion can focus on its core business, while Batory—with its multiple warehouses across the U.S.―will manage the needs of customers with a demand for less-than-truckload shipments.
“This is a win for Batory, Corbion and, most important, our customers,” says Ken Krasowski, Senior Product Manager. “Corbion benefits from the efficiencies we offer. For customers, we can quickly deliver anywhere across the U.S. So we’re taking lead times down from two to three weeks to just a few days.”
Moreover, customers who already source from Batory can add Corbion their existing orders, using Batory as a centralized provider for all ingredient needs. This eliminates the paperwork- and time-intensive process of working with varied distributors.
Contact your Batory representative with questions and to begin sourcing Corbion through our warehouses, effective immediately.
ABOUT BATORY FOODS
Founded in 1979, Batory Foods offers the industry's largest portfolio of food, nutraceutical and fine ingredients for U.S. food, beverage and dietary supplement manufactures. Our national system of warehouses and distribution centers, based on best-in-class logistics, speeds products to your door. Batory’s experienced sales representatives work with an abiding commitment to excellence in customer service. Our network of distribution facilities serves thousands of customers and spans the full food industry spectrum. (www.batoryfoods.com)
Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such as bakery, meat, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, packaging, automotive, coatings and adhesives. Its products have a differentiating functionality in all kinds of consumer products worldwide. (www.corbion.com)
Press Contact: Kaydi Decker, Media Relations Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
March 18, 2016
Des Plaines, Ill.―This May, Batory Foods breaks ground on a 678,000-square-foot facility in Wilmington, IL. There, Batory will launch a new line of business, providing third party logistics services to key suppliers, beginning November 2016.
Fonterra, a leading multinational dairy company, chose Batory as its new third-party logistics provider in Illinois and will be serviced out of this new location. As Fonterra’s largest U.S. distributor, Batory is uniquely positioned to provide a superior third-party logistics service experience.
Outfitted in state-of-the-art technology, the facility will stay ahead of the regulatory curve, including increased regulation from the Food Safety Modernization Act and regulating bodies involved in both Quality and Employee Safety.
“Not only does the technology give us an edge from a business perspective,” says Jessica Stoja, Operations Project Manager, Batory. “It allows us to meet and exceed world-class standards in food safety, security and employee safety.”
Some technology upgrades will include custom-built food grade dock packages, which bolster environmental controls and provide increased food safety. These allow trailer seals to be both sealed and unsealed inside the facility. Yard managements and an automatic gate system will decrease carrier cycle time on-site and increase throughput, providing up-to-the-minute accuracy in inventory availability. The distribution center will be C-TPAT Certified.
The site will also include features to support wellness among the company’s most valuable resources: its people. An employee walking track and outdoor employee amenities space will enhance the Employee Wellness program and overall employee engagement.
ABOUT BATORY FOODS
Founded in 1979, Batory Foods offers the industry's largest portfolio of food, nutraceutical and fine ingredients for U.S. food, beverage and dietary supplement manufacturers. Our national system of warehouses and distribution centers, based on best-in-class logistics, speeds products to your door. Batory’s experienced sales representatives work with an abiding commitment to excellence in customer service. Batory’s network of distribution facilities serves thousands of customers and spans the full food industry spectrum. (www.batoryfoods.com)
Fonterra is a global, co-operatively-owned company with its roots firmly planted in New Zealand’s rich land, working to unlock every drop of goodness from the 22 billion litres of milk we collect each year and sharing it with the world. (www.fonterra.com)
Artist Rendering Credit: Ridege Development and Harris Architects, Inc.
April 09, 2015
At Batory Foods we offer a powerful mix of the highest quality protein products and industry knowledge to make your formulation a success.
March 20, 2015
Batory Foods now offers Ingredion Starches, Fibers and Pulse Ingredients to the Southern California Region.