Recognizing March as National Frozen Food Monthby Representative Reid J. Ribble
Posted on 2013-03-19
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mr. RIBBLE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize March as National
Frozen Food Month and to honor one of my home state's own frozen food
companies, Seneca Foods Corporation.
Founded in 1949, Seneca Foods is one of our nation's largest processors of fruits and vegetables. In fact, Seneca Foods produces more than 2 billion cans and bags of frozen fruit and vegetable products every year, which equates to over 5 billion servings.
I had the pleasure of visiting Seneca's Gillett, Wisconsin plant last August. There has been an active canning factory on this site since 1909 and Seneca took over the site in 2003.
Seneca Foods believes in providing the community with jobs and continually improving its facilities. At Gillett, this included a 2007 warehouse expansion that tripled the storage space.
There are 37 full-time employees at this facility. But in season, it grows to employ over 210 seasonal employees and has an annual payroll of $4.3 million.
Much of what I know about Seneca Foods I learned from Executive Vice President and COO Paul Palmby, who serves on the Board of the American Frozen Food Institute and is the chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, PBH, which promote increased consumption of fruits and vegetables for better health.
Both Seneca Foods and the American Frozen Food Institute were recognized recently as PBH Fruits & Veggies--More Matters' Role Models.
Working together, these entities regularly promote the nutritional benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption as part of an important effort to encourage healthy eating.
Mr. Speaker, in celebration of National Frozen Food Month, I wish to applaud Seneca Foods and the entire frozen food industry for their hard work and contributions to the health of our nation and its citizens.