The egg roll maker overcame a pandemic-plagued year and grew sales by 40% and customer base by 28%, while adding a second shift of production.
Egg roll maker Van’s Kitchen has been named Refrigerated Food Processor of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine.
“We are honored to be recognized with this award,” said Theresa Motter, CEO of Van’s Kitchen. “It confirms all the hard work we have put in and reflects the investment in our company and our employees. And the growth we’ve enjoyed has allowed us to add new positions in everything from human resources to production and operations. »
In a year plagued by supply issues, Van’s accomplishments are exemplary. The company onboarded more than 10 new distributor, supermarket and convenience store accounts, increasing its customer base by 28%. Last year, to meet increased demand for its products, Van’s added another shift to its production facilities, going from a six-day-a-week shift to two shifts. Overall, sales increased by 40% over the previous year.
“We are continually working to provide our retail partners with the necessary supply of our delicious products that they need to serve their customers,” Van CSO Carl Motter said at the time the change was added. “Being proactive now in increasing production capacity ensures that we will continue to meet demand.”
Van’s also gives back to the community. Every month, he donates 90,000 spring rolls to food banks, which equates to more than 500,000 meals a year. Van’s Kitchen financially supports No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to address issues of hunger and poverty, and its Van’s Cares Fund, which is dedicated to helping the company’s associates and supplier partners who have financial, medical, and personal. Van’s Kitchen grows the Cares Fund by matching each employee’s contribution.
Van’s Kitchen, the flagship brand of VAN Oriental Food, was founded in 1986 by Van and Kim Nguyen, immigrants from Vietnam. In 2014, the business was transferred to their daughter, Theresa, and her husband, Carl Motter, who carry on the family and relationship-based tradition and run the business as CEO and CSO, respectively.
Van’s Kitchen, a certified women’s and minority-owned spring roll manufacturer, supplies more than 10,000 supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.