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30
May
2014

Sandridge Anticipates Layered Selections(TM) to Re-define Consumer Perception of Fresh Prepared Foods

Sandridge Anticipates Layered Selections(TM) to Re-define Consumer Perception of Fresh Prepared Foods

Sandridge Food Corporation® (SFC) has recently launched a new line of products they've suitably called Layered Selections(TM), freshly prepared entrees and side dishes with an inventive "new to market" layering concept. The company plans to win over the food savvy, yet time-starved consumer who demands fresh, minimally processed, hand-made quality food, but does not have the time to shop for individual ingredients and prepare them.

"Recent studies have consistently reported consumers' desire for fresh product when it comes to prepared foods, but we also found that prepared foods shoppers actually want the ownership of preparing it themselves and take care when selecting the food that they bring home," states John Becker, Senior Director of Marketing at SFC.

The Marketing group, in collaboration with key retail partners, was compelled to address this strong consumer demand. In 2012, the team challenged the New Product Development group of nine culinary and food science experts at the company, which spawned the two-year long development of Layered Selections.

Each product is produced in small batches using a strategic and proprietary layering technique that preserves the integrity of the individual ingredients until the consumer is ready to use.

"Once the products are mixed, the individual components come to life, producing a superior texture and a "just made" taste and appearance... consumers can use every recipe as is or add a star ingredient to express their creativity, says Dan Zakri, Director of New Product Development at SFC and graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. "It's unparalleled to any refrigerated prepared side and entree on the market today," he added.

SFC touts that all Layered Selections recipes contain the highest quality, well-sourced ingredients, with an increasing use of local producers and suppliers when possible. Merchandised in clear, stand up pouches, the products are a perfect meal for 1-2 people and preparation is quick and easy:

  1. Open the BPA-free pouch
  2. Pour into a bowl and stir
  3. Heat in microwave or serve cold (depending on product)

During the two years in development, the concept and commercialization behind Layered Selections had to overcome a challenging execution process. The team was determined to master the method of layering ingredients, foster the optimal execution in production, and merchandise six Layered Selections recipes in select supermarkets.

The project started with several ideation meetings. The layering concept became the staple strategy for naturally preserving the integrity of the flavors on the shelf. Through trial and error and many modifications, the team had developed a proprietary layering technique that would translate from the kitchen into large-scale production.

"Packaging in a pouch was another strategy we decided was critical for this product. Pouches have been a growing trend for soup and baby food products and had promise for generating movement in prepared foods items. Along with supporting our sustainability practices, the BPA-free pouch offered a unique and differentiated merchandising approach and would showcase the textures, colors, and freshness of the ingredients," says John Becker.

In 2013, after development and packaging had evolved, SFC's operations team executed a 1.5 million dollar addition inside the facility, specifically designed for Layered Selections production. The area was outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment made exclusively for manufacturing and packaging product in layers with minimal processing and efficiency.

As of mid April 2014, six Layered Selections products have been on the shelves in select supermarkets and continue to gain headway. As distribution expands, the company anticipates strong sales growth from Layered Selections products beginning in Q4 of this year.

About Sandridge Food Corporation
For more than 50 years, Sandridge Food Corporation, a family-owned refrigerated foods manufacturer located in Medina, Ohio, has produced fresh deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces and dips for the food service and retail sectors. A leader in the refrigerated foods industry in North America, Sandridge has built its rich heritage with an unparalleled commitment to food safety, culinary excellence and innovation. The company exercises an admirable brand promise, which is "to always provide unrivalled, great tasting fresh foods with consistent hand-made quality that enhances the reputation of our customers."

For more information, please contact Sandridge Food Corporation at 330.725.2348, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Sandridge's website at www.sandridge.com.

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14
April
2014

Sandridge Hires Industry Veteran Matthew S. Harris as Vice President of Global Supply Chain

Sandridge Hires Industry Veteran Matthew S. Harris as Vice President of Global Supply Chain

MEDINA, Ohio, April 14, 2014 – Sandridge Food Corporation® (SFC) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Matthew S. Harris, who will join the organization as Vice President of Global Supply Chain. Harris' 15-year track record of leadership and expertise in Category Management and Finance roles within the foodservice industry will be invaluable in this new role at SFC.
As Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Harris will be instrumental in optimizing internal and external key functions such as alignment of strategic partnerships and procurement processes including product assortment, supplier selection and inbound costing. All areas are a strategic focus of the company as it continues to expand its portfolio in both the foodservice and retail markets.

"For the past 5 years, we've experienced record sales growth each year and have completed our horizontal integration initiative with our acquisition of RMH Foods® last year," said Mark D. Sandridge, CEO of SFC. "We know that managing the supply chain is critical to maximize our growth. It is also critical to control costs to our customers. Matthew's knowledge of the industry and proven success with increasing profitability through streamlining key functions throughout the supply chain makes him a logical and important addition to our team."

Harris has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Western Michigan University and upon graduation, began his career in the foodservice industry at US Foods, one of the largest foodservice distributers in the US. He served as Internal Auditor and Controller in the City Meats division. In 2003, he accepted a position as a Financial Analyst at Gordon Food Service® (GFS) and over the next 11 years, progressed from Associate Category Manager to Director of Category Management.

"Sandridge Food Corporation has key competencies that are unprecedented in this industry," said Harris. "As a customer of Sandridge in my previous role at GFS, I have first-hand experience with the uniqueness of the company's go-to-market strategy, quality and safety efforts, and internal culture, which was my motivation to accept the position. I'm excited to be a part of the team and to help the company continue to grow."
Matthew Harris currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, Deirdre, and two sons. The family will be relocating to Ohio within the month.

POSTED IN: News

02
October
2013

Cornerstone Partner Award Winner

GFSColorMedina, OH (Oct. 2, 2013) - Sandridge is pleased to be the recipient of a 2013 Gordon Food Service® Cornerstone Partner Award. Sandridge received this award for its demonstrated ability to excel in service metrics and exemplify strategic distinction through extraordinary efforts.

GFS is committed to delivering uncompromised quality, outstanding value, and exceptional customer service. They are North America's largest family-owned and managed broadline foodservice distributor. Sandridge is honored to partner with GFS with a commitment to deliver unrivaled fresh food. 

POSTED IN: Awards

03
September
2013

Sandridge Passport Day, "What's the Buzz" Medina

Sandridge Bee To Be Displayed Sept. 14

Medina, Ohio (Sept. 9, 2013) - In support of the public art initiative "What's the Buzz" Medina, Sandridge's Culinary Bee will be on display Sept. 14 at its facility, 133 Commerce Drive, Medina, for Passport Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants are welcomed to stop by Sandridge to see its bee and to get their event passport stamped. This project, "What's the Buzz" Medina, celebrates Medina pride and promotes the community, area businesses and tourism.Bee

Local student artist Haley Wasserman designed and completed the Sandridge Culinary Bee. The five-feet-tall sculpture features the company's famous Grandma's brand icon in various settings, including on a farm working the field, and in a kitchen cooking Grandma's potato salad.

The bees were first revealed to the public at an Aug. 17 event at Root Candles Co., where attendees received an event passport. Participants were then challenged to visit on specified dates the bees throughout Medina to get their passport stamped at each location. All completed passports will be entered into a drawing to win a Medina basket with a minimum value of $300.

Sandridge Food Corporation is one of several local sponsors of Medina's public art project featuring Medina's "Battling Bee." Some of the other sponsors include Medina Hospital and Root Candles and Bee Culture Magazine.

The bees are helping to raise $10,000 for the Medina City School Foundation, an organization that provides tutors at the high school level, as well as classroom grants for children. Sandridge is proud to be a part of this exciting community initiative. For more information, call (330) 636-3012.

POSTED IN: Community

08
August
2013

New Retail Deli Salads & Sides Available

Medina, Ohio (August 8, 2013) - Sandridge Food Corporation is now offering a new line of fresh chilled deli salads and sides in a one-pound retail container. The new selection features 13 salads in flexible film-sealed packages with vibrant product images and eye-catching hues.

The following products are currently available:groupWEB-1

Baked Potato Salad
BBQ Baked Beans with Pulled Pork
Calico BBQ Baked Beans
California Style Pasta Salad
Crunchy Tuna Salad
Ham Salad
Homestyle Chicken Salad
Honey Lemon Bowtie Pasta Salad
Rotelli Pasta Salad
Sour Cream Mac & Cheddar Salad
Southwest Style Pasta Salad
Vegetarian Baked Beans
Whole Grain Mustard Potato Salad

These salads can be found at most Giant Eagle stores. Ask your favorite retailer about them today.

To learn more, visit our extensive product catalog at Sandridge.com.

About Sandridge Food Corporation
For more than 50 years, Sandridge Food Corporation has produced fresh deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces and dips for the club, food service and retail sectors. A leader in the refrigerated foods industry in North America, Sandridge has built its rich heritage by having an unparalleled commitment to food safety, culinary excellence, innovation and world-class customer service. We consistently uphold our brand promise: To always provide unrivaled, great tasting fresh foods with consistent hand-made quality that enhances the reputation of our customers.

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POSTED IN: Products

08
July
2013

Cable 9 Interview - Fresh Foods, HPP

Sandridge employee, Lynnea Jodway, speaks about Sandridge's unique capabilities, HPP and fresh refrigerated products. She was interviewed by Karen Kawolics of Cable 9 in Macedonia, Ohio. 

POSTED IN: Video

13
June
2013

Sandridge Announces Majority Acquisition of RMH Foods

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mark D. Sandridge

Chief Executive Officer

Tel: 330-725-2348

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Medina, Ohio (June 13, 2013) - Sandridge Food Corporation today announced it has acquired a majority interest in RMH Foods, a leader in fully cooked refrigerated and frozen entrees. RMH Foods offers customers fully cooked retail, foodservice and specialized portion-control products utilizing Sous Vide, or cook-in-bag, technology.

This decision leverages Sandridge's strategy to produce innovative solutions for a growing customer base that demands fresh, great tasting food.

"We are truly excited to begin our relationship with RMH Foods. We both are third generation family businesses, our core values are aligned, and both families have the commitment to create clean label, great tasting food," said Mark D. Sandridge, CEO, Sandridge Food Corporation.

RMH Foods' Sous Vide technology will help to expand Sandridge's offerings by providing the capability to enter a new business segment that will now include "center of the plate" entrees – a complement to Sandridge's expansive line of fresh soups, salads, sides and sauces.

This collaboration will also strengthen Sandridge's ability to create and distribute a wider variety of products that allow for reduced sodium and no preservatives.

Located in Morton, Illinois, RMH Foods is well positioned to ship coast to coast coupled with Sandridge.

Under this agreement, RMH Foods will become a Sandridge Family Company, a part of Sandridge Food Corporation. Jon Rocke will remain on board as the RMH Foods President, and will receive extra support from the management team at Sandridge.

About RMH Foods
RMH Foods has a long history of innovation and evolution to meet its customers' ever-changing requirements. From the company's founding as a local custom processor through its evolution to a manufacturer of Fully Cooked Foods, the Rocke family has built a reputation for high quality products and lasting customer and industry relationships. Today, RMH Foods is recognized as a leader in providing Co-Packed, Private Label and Branded Fully Cooked Refrigerated and Frozen Entrees to Retail. To learn more, visit www.rmhfoods.com

About SFC
For more than 50 years, Sandridge Food Corporation has produced fresh deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces and dips for the club, food service and retail sectors. A leader in the refrigerated foods industry in North America, Sandridge has built its rich heritage by having an unparalleled commitment to food safety, culinary excellence, innovation and world-class customer service. We consistently uphold our Brand Promise: To always provide unrivaled, great tasting fresh foods with consistent hand-made quality that enhances the reputation of our customers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sandridge Food Corporation's CEO, Mark D. Sandridge, at 330-725-2348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

POSTED IN: News

06
June
2013

Ahmad Tahajod Becomes Certified Food Scientist

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Ahmad Tahajod of Sandridge Food Corporation successfully earned the designation of Certified Food Scientist (CFS). With this certification, Ahmad Tahajod is etched in history as a member of the Institute of Food Technologists' inaugural class of CFS.

The CFS certification was created in response to a profession-wide study in which food science supervisors declared a certification was needed. In addition, it was agreed the certification would help employers identify qualified personnel.

Through earning the CFS, Ahmad Tahajod has demonstrated the requisite applied knowledge, skills and commitment to lifelong learning required to hold this distinction. In order to maintain CFS status, members must complete 75 contact hours of professional development every five years.

Please join us in congratulating Ahmad Tahajod on this esteemed achievement!

If you have questions or comments regarding the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credential, please contact the Institute of Food Technologist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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