This fall, new members represented products ranging from beaded ice cream to craft dog treats to flexible packaging
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently owned supermarkets. The company serves over 1,100 member companies and over 3,100 locations throughout 28 states from 8 full-line wholesale divisions.
Dream2Career, LLC, handles direct hire, seasonal staffing, pathways recruiting, contract staffing, payroll, workers compensation, onboarding, skills training, background checks, time management, benefits management, rewards programs, educational reimbursement program management and quality-of-life programs.
The Masser Family of Companies have grown and delivered quality potatoes to retailers and foodservice operators for more than eight generations. The Pennsylvanian business combines years of potato growing experience with advanced technology and a personal touch to ensure they deliver the quality product to best meet their customer’s needs. The company’s culture focuses on extraordinary service from extraordinary people. Grown where it matters.
As a beaded ice cream pioneer, Mini Melts manufactures some of the most delicious premium ice cream on the market. Founded in Philadelphia, Mini Melts can be found in retailers and entertainment venues nationwide.
Poly Craft is a manufacturer of flexible packaging, including roll stock, pouches and bags with and without lamination. The company also uses recyclable and sustainable film options.
Saint Rocco’s Treats was founded in May 2020 by two brothers with a passion for entrepreneurship, a love for dogs and knowledge of dog treat craftsmanship, thanks to their dad and grandpa. The company aims to foster transparency and quality in the dog treat and food industry through vertically integrated gourmet dog kitchens, human-grade ingredients and five-ingredient recipes Saint Rocco’s Treats are fresh-baked in small batches each week and crafted using an artisan production process. Saint Rocco’s Treats are available in 120+ independent retailers in the tri-state area and online nationwide.
Sharing Excess delivers surplus food to communities in need. Its mission is to bridge the gap between excess and scarcity by partnering with grocery stores, restaurants, wholesalers and farmers to deliver surplus food to a network of nonprofits, food banks and community organizations, alleviating local food insecurity.
PFMA welcomed associate members this summer that specialize in bakery products, smoke-free products, smoked meats and consulting and tech solutions for retailers.
bakerly began with founders Julien and Fabian from Northwestern France who combined their passion and love for good food to create a happy company. Their goal is to create the same high-quality bakery products that they enjoyed as children in France. bakerly relies on skilled artisan bakers who use French tradition and clean ingredients for their products while avoiding artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup.
Philip Morris International (PMI) is in the midst of a profound corporate transformation—with the ultimate objective of becoming a smoke-free company, driven by science and technology, and they are making rapid progress.
They are fully committed to this transformation, and their investment is unmatched in the industry. Since 2008, PMI has centrally invested over $9 billion to research, develop and commercialize a portfolio of smoke-free products. For the first half of 2022, these products account for more than 30 percent of PMI’s total net revenues—their goal is to be a majority smoke-free company in 2025. PMI’s future will be smoke-free. There is no going back.
As part of its smoke-free journey, PMI is excited to enter the United States in a meaningful way and unlock the significant opportunity across other smoke-free categories over the coming years.
Since 1902, Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats has delivered 100% all-beef, naturally smoked meats. This fourth-generation Palmyra-based business uses Old World butchering, curing, and sausage making skills to craft the world’s finest smoked meats. Attesting to its reputation for excellence, all of Seltzer’s smoked meats are prepared with typical Pennsylvania Dutch quality and pride.
STCR provides consulting, analytics and technology solutions for retailers including planning and training. Learn how STCR can help with retail innovation such as self checkout, registers, scanners, label printers, software integration and more.
Ranging in services from advertising to convenience store solutions to confections and more, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association welcomed nine associate members this spring.
Arcadia Publishing offers a selection of hyper local books specific to store zip codes. These books are sold in grocery stores in different states, highlighting local and regional history and culture from coast to coast.
Bradley Industries is a woman-owned business that manufactures supermarket and c-store fixtures as well as supplying foam products. All of their products are proudly manufactured in the USA. Bradley Industries is centrally located in the Midwest, which allows more competitive shipping and delivery options.
Healthy Brand Oil offers custom-tailored edible oil solutions that include Non-GMO Project Verified, expeller pressed, long fry solutions and blended oils that are always OU Kosher certified and zero grams trans fat per serving.
Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association is a statewide organization with a focus on supporting Pennsylvania dairy farms. The association serves their now famous milkshakes each year to PA Farm Show visitors—the proceeds of which benefit agricultural scholarships, youth programs and educational programs across the state. The association recently was featured on PFMA’s Shelf Confidence podcast.
Perfetti Van Melle is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of confectionery and chewing gum. Its global brands are enjoyed in more than 150 countries worldwide, where their innovation creates unique tastes to match local preferences.
Portogallo Peppers LLC is a wholesaler of Spicy Giardiniera, Sweet and Spicy Peppers and Olive Muffuletta to retail stores and food service companies.
Stewart’s Enterprises Inc., started in 1924, is a supplier of hard seltzer and hard sodas for Iconic Stewart’s and Hard Rock Brands.
TRANSWORLD Business Advisors is the world leader in the marketing and sales of businesses, mergers and acquisitions and franchises. Whether you represent an acquisition-minded corporation or are personally interested in owning your own company or new franchise, TRANSWORLD offers the professional services that successfully bring buyers and sellers together.
Watchfire Signs designs, engineers and manufactures the best looking, most durable LED signs, gas price signs and digital billboards to help businesses and organizations increase visibility and drive growth. Headquartered in Danville, Ill., Watchfire has manufactured outdoor electric signs since 1932 and LED signs since 1996, using meticulously sourced components from a global market. The company has over 65,000 Watchfire signs in operation.
In November, Leevers Supermarkets, Inc., became a PFMA member, adding 14 Save A Lot stores from the Philadelphia area to the association.
Earlier this year, the Colorado-based Leevers Supermarkets acquired the Philadelphia stores. Leevers is a family-owned chain that also operates Save A Lots and Colorado Ranch Markets stores in Colorado.
Leevers has been in business for 75 years. The acquition of Philadelphia Save A Lots essentially doubled the company’s size.
Two retail members and one associate member have joined PFMA since September.
High’s Stores and Carroll Motor Fuel is a convenience store headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with several locations in southern Pennsylvania. The chain joined PFMA as a retail member in September. The High’s brand began as a Mid-Atlantic ice cream store chain in 1928, growing to become one of the world’s most popular ice cream store chains. Carroll Independent Fuel Company acquired the chain in 2012. Today, it operates 54 convenience stores with more than 500 employees.
Based in Luzerne County, Pantryquik is another new convenience store chain that joined PFMA as a retail member. Pantryquick offers drinks, snacks, fast food and gas.
In October, Westfield Egg Farm joined PFMA as an associate member. Westfield Egg Farm is a local Pennsylvania farm that specializes in eggs from cage-free hens. They are proud to be one of the certified, humane free-range farms chosen by Nature’s Yoke to provide healthy, organic eggs.
PFMA welcomes three associate members and one retail member.
Joining in June as an associate member, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies is a bipartisan lobbying firm that provides government solutions from the local to the federal level. Their experts know how to work with modern political institutions. They steer clients to success by staying informed, practical and persuasive.
Stephen Gould Corporation began as a family-owned business 80 years ago, and today is the largest independent custom product and packaging solutions provider in the U.S. The company provides personalized service and draws from its global network with 40 locations in six countries. Stephen Gould, an associate member since June, excels in design, production and logistics and connects networks of vendors, designers and engineers to bring each each project to life.
Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing Company also joined as an associate member in June. What started as a hobby between two friends has led to 25 years in the craft brewing industry. This year, Victory celebrates its growth as a world-renowned craft brewery and the second-largest craft brand family in Pennsylvania.
Scenic Ridge Foods LLC joined PFMA as a retail member in May. Located in Loganton near Lock Haven, Pa., Scenic Ridge opened in 2012, and in 2017, moved to its current location in an old elementary school building. The family-owned store offers groceries, snacks and bulk foods. Specialities include locally made products like yogurts, raw milk and ice cream; a bakery with fresh breads, sticky buns, pies and more; discount grocery items; and a full deli. Also in the building is a fresh donut shop.
New associate members cover a range of services and products, including equipment, energy, gaming, tobacco and food waste.
Four associate members joined in March. Originally started in San Antonio, Texas, nearly 40 years ago, Facility Solutions Group (FSG) has since grown to one of the nation’s largest lighting distributors and electrical contractors. FSG helps businesses build new electrical and lighting systems, and it services and retrofits old systems. With their “Around the Nation, Around the Corner” philosophy, the company offers the resources of a nationwide provider with the feel of a local business.
Based out of Washington, D.C., Juul Labs is on a mission to transition the world’s billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes, eliminate their use and combat underage usage of its products. Their product is an Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS), designed and intended to be an alternative to combustible cigarettes for adult smokers. The company believes that noncombustible products like ENDS, also known as vapor products, can offer adult smokers a potentially less harmful alternative to combustible cigarettes and, in so doing, reduce the harm associated with tobacco. Juul Labs does not want any non-nicotine users, especially those underage, to try our products, as it exists only to transition adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes.
PLM and Associates, LLC, is a manufacturer’s representative firm in Easton, Pa., that has been in business since 1997. Founder Phil Mele is an alumnus of the Saint Joseph’s University food marketing program, which also is a PFMA associate member. PLM carries food display equipment lines that keep food appropriately warm, cold and dry.
Venture Gaming LLC is a terminal operator of Video-Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in the state of Pennsylvania. Its mission is focused on keeping establishment owners compliant and maximizing their revenue. Venture Gaming will handle consultation, installation and service of VGTs in truck stops throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In April, 412 Food Rescue became a PFMA associate member. 412 Food Rescue was founded in response to the disconnect between food waste, hunger and environmental sustainability. This nonprofit company, located in the Pittsburgh area, rescues primarily perishable food items and provides it to its nonprofit partners for distribution. 412 Food Rescue delivers food to organizations that serve those who are experiencing food insecurity.
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