For over 55 years we have been providing the foodservice industry with the freshest and highest quality potato products available. It all began in the 1950’s when the family patriarch, Helmut Brinkmann came to California from Germany after WWII. He started working in the fresh process potato industry and opened Valley Spuds in Venice, CA in 1960. In 1985 Valley Spuds moved to Oxnard, CA , one of the major agricultural hubs of Southern California.
Thirty years later three generations of Brinkmanns have preserved the tradition of producing outstanding fresh potato products. Valley Spuds continues to move into the future of potato processing by becoming the first fresh potato processor to become Certified Organic in the Western United States.
910 Commercial Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
Phone: (805) 483-5292
ColorMaker was established in 1996 with the aim of servicing small food manufacturers in the Southern California area. This group was frustrated by the lack of a local source for these ingredients and not being serviced, even disregarded, by larger national and international suppliers. ColorMaker took up their requests for help in utilizing natural colors in their products. It didn’t take long before ColorMaker’s technical expertise became recognized, so much so that out-of-state companies were requesting help and samples from us. In 2000 ColorMaker established a strategic partnership with DD Williamson & Co. (Louisville, KY). DDW is the primary global supplier of caramel color to leading soft drink companies. As such, DDW has a global footprint and a keen understanding of the importance of a finished product’s visual appearance.
As the company grew, its reputation spread internationally, forcing it to upscale its facilities to meet demand. It soon expanded beyond the food industry and into the pet food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries – and most recently into the nutraceutical industry. ColorMaker’s business model has been and remains to provide strong technical service; be a positive source of accurate useful information; use only the highest quality colors; maintain fair pricing; and treat every customer’s request as first and foremost.
1300 N Hancock
Anaheim, CA 92807
Day-Lee Foods, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of NH Foods Ltd. NH Foods Ltd. has been delivering quality meat products to the food service and general consumer markets for more than 50 years. NH Foods Ltd. is one of the world’s most comprehensively integrated meat companies. NH Foods Ltd. is not only Japan’s largest meat supplier, but also the proud owner of a professional baseball team, a soccer team and an intricate lateral business line that keeps them involved in everything from livestock breeding to restaurant operation.
Our farms are found in Australia, United States and Japan. From them flow the fresh ingredients that are used in our manufacturing and processing facilities.
10350 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 111
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Telephone: (562) 903-3020
Fax: (562) 906-5080
Mike Ghiringhelli and Ed Ferrero started Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria in downtown Fairfax, California in 1985. Soon after they were offering a pizza fundraising program (Ghiringhellis’ Pizza Fundraisers) for schools and non-profits all over Northern California.
In 1987 they opened up a 1,500 square foot USDA factory called Ghiringhelli Brothers Pizza Company also located in Fairfax. Ten years later they journeyed over to San Pablo, Ca. and opened up a bigger facility. Shortly after that they became Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods and expanded their product lines to include fresh made salads and wraps.
In 2008 they unveiled their new USDA facility in Vallejo, California. The company added a full line of artisan grilled chicken to their line up along with an ethnically diverse line of center of the plate entrees. Today the factory is at 55,000 square feet and a premiere provider of fresh foods for private label customers. The second generation of GSF, along with Mike and Ed, is helping to lead the way into the future.
The original pizzeria is still going strong today, at the same location, and is being run by the second generation of family.
101 Benicia Road
Vallejo, CA 94590
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (formerly the California Manufacturers Association) works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California’s 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. Since 1918, CMTA has worked with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state’s environmental resources. CMTA represents 400 businesses from the entire manufacturing community — an economic sector that generates more than $230 billion every year and employs more than 1.2 million Californians.
CMTA Public Policy Objectives
Competitive tax policy for manufacturers
California is one of only four states that imposes a sales tax on the purchase of new machinery and equipment. To tax both the “input” and the final manufactured product amounts to “double taxation” and is poor tax policy. Many states provide both a sales tax exemption and investment tax credits to encourage manufacturing investment. California should provide competitive tax policy for manufacturers by exempting the state sales tax from the purchase of machinery. This would also provide manufacturers some relief from the high cost of doing business in the state, nearly 24% greater than the national average. It is vitally important that California tax policies encourage high-wage manufacturers to expand facilities and employment in the state.
Increase career technical education
California’s existing career-tech facilities in the schools have been ignored for the last 40 years. Students who could succeed in technical fields are not being adequately served by our schools. High school drop-out rates are too high and climbing. One in four high school students goes on to obtain a four-year college degree. At the same time, California businesses are now experiencing and foresee future critical shortages in technically-skilled workers. As the shortage of technically capable workers grows, businesses will find it difficult to remain competitive in California. The existing gap in meeting the educational needs of both our children and the 21st century economy can be remedied with a commitment to provide for a relevant and robust career technical education system.
1121 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814