Team Member Profile: Mike Griffin

With over a decade as Creative Director under his belt and a recent elevation to Chief Creative Officer, Mike Griffin is part of the core team at Garden Fresh Gourmet. He is reluctant to take full credit for the look of the branding for all the products falling under the Garden Fresh Gourmet umbrella, but he admits that his capacity as gatekeeper is a big responsibility. Mike explains that when he came to the company, it was already successful and his job was to "not screw it up." This unpretentious tone is typical, and surfaces again when asked about his recent promotion. He acknowledges … [Read more...]

High Pressure!

GFG HPP Maching Delivery

Innovative Technology When the first high-pressure processing system was delivered to Garden Fresh, the enormous machine was escorted across several states by security vehicles, so rare and special was the new technology. Now, six years later, Garden Fresh Gourmet has two HPP systems, and three shifts to run them. HPP Technology is an innovative cold pasteurization technique which consists of subjecting food sealed in flexible, water-resistant packaging, to a high level of water pressure (up to 87,000 psi) for anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes.  This highly innovative … [Read more...]

Sustainability & Salsa

GFSustainability

Sustainability Defined The EPA summarizes the importance of sustainability, when stating that "everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations."   We hear a lot about the importance of this concept, so what does it really mean? Basically, a practice that is sustainable, can be maintained without … [Read more...]

Garden Fresh Cooking Club!

Garden Fresh Cooking Club

On April 30, 2014 the Garden Fresh team was invited to participate in the first ever Garden Fresh Cooking Club. The brainchild of the company's President, Jack Aronson, the club's key goal is to help promote a healthy lifestyle by teaching team members to prepare quick and healthy meals in a fun team environment.   Jack enlisted the expertise of personal chef, Michelle Kobernick, former founder and CEO of the award winning company Gourmet Everyday to instruct the group.  Michelle was a great choice, with numerous articles and recipes published online, in magazines, and books. She brought … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Retail Specialist

A Day in the Life of a Retail Specialist for Garden Fresh Salsa - Diane Riddle

A Day in the Life of a Retail Specialist Meet Diane Riddle, Retail Specialist by day, avid seamstress and reader of books by night. She is part of our Garden Fresh infantry division, a soldier on the front lines, stocking Garden Fresh goodies in stores throughout Southern Michigan and Ohio. Diane joined the Garden Fresh family four score and seven years ago. She lives life in the fresh lane, hootling and tootling from store to store in a midnight blue PT Cruiser, appropriately adorned with brightly colored veggies. Blazing the Aisles Upon arrival at each store, Diane guides the PT … [Read more...]