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Living Our Values: Consumer Foods Service Day

On Friday, May 17, our consumer foods team volunteered at two Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa locations, Antioch and Martinez. Loaves and Fishes prepares nutritious, hot meals at a kitchen in Pittsburg and provides free meals at four locations Monday through Friday. Since its founding in 1983, over 4.5 million meals have been served to those in need in...

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22nd Annual Taste the Trends™ Tour, Chicago IL

Basic American Foods proudly hosted the 22nd Annual Taste the Trends™ Tour in Chicago on May 18, 2019, during the National Restaurant Association Show. This invitation-only event is a highlight for many of our operator customer attendees. This year, the tour kicked off at Chicago’s new luxe food hall, Aster Hall, which featured 16 food vaults and various cuisines to...

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BAF Values Hero – Shawna Anderson!

Please join us in congratulating Shawna Anderson as our 2019 Q1 Values Hero winner! Shawna is a marketing business process team leader who received two nominations this quarter. Shawna exemplified the “Find A Way” value by jumping in and helping with an urgent request from sales and marketing to fill a customer order. Even though she was covering for two...

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Living Our Values and Making Things Better!

On Tuesday, May 14, a BAF team from the Walnut Creek, CA office volunteered at The Gardens at Heather Farm, a non-profit dedicated to the upkeep of the beautiful gardens that are open to the community to enjoy. We spent most of our time in the community garden, which is new to Heather Farm this year, shoveling dirt and mulch...

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Research & Development: Our Commitment to Innovation (part 2)

(Have you read the first part of our R&D story? If not, read it here!) Although Basic American Foods is an 85-year-old company, internally it can feel very much like a startup. “We’re small, we’re scrappy. We’re trying to do big audacious things by attacking it through innovation. It’s challenging, but it’s fun. It’s been an amazing flood of great...

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Research & Development: Our Commitment to Innovation (part 1)

The employees on our Research & Development (R&D) team have some of the most unique and creative jobs around. Imagine getting to experiment (not to mention taste test) with food all day! But don’t let the mental image fool you - it’s hard work! Our R&D specialists (or Food Technologists, as they are called) take product ideas from concept to...

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Employee Spotlight – Kim Nguyen, Sr. Associate Marketing Manager

What does a day in the life at BAF look like for you? The great part about my role at BAF is that no two days are the same! Some days I’m planning and executing advertising and direct marketing campaigns to keep BAF and our foods top of mind, some days I’m collaborating with our internal teams on communicating news/announcements,...

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Employee Spotlight – Jodi Knox, Team Leader

What makes BAF a great place to work? For me, a great day at work not only depends on what goes on in the process, but also the working environment. We have such a diverse group of people who are so hard working and altogether a joy to be around. I wake up in the morning excited to be around...

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Brian Gustaveson – 2018 BAF Values Hero!

We are delighted to share that Brian Gustaveson was selected as our annual Values Cup winner for 2018! At Basic American Foods, we believe a job well done is worth rewarding. Not only do we ask that our employees uphold our company values, we also take the time to acknowledge when they do so by encouraging our employees to nominate...

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Employee Spotlight – Michael Fabian, Team Leader, Outside Facilities

What makes BAF a great place to work? I started working at BAF when I was 19 years old and in the last 37 years, I have raised a large family and been very happy here. The people here are fantastic, from the owners to the management to my fellow employees, and all the outside customers I interact with. The...

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Employee Spotlight – Alisha Benson, Line Associate

What about BAF is different from other places you have worked? Aside from working with food, what makes BAF different from other jobs I've had is the quality of my coworkers. They are some of the most hardworking and honest people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Truly, they are the cream of the crop. What would others...

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Employee Spotlight – Seth Levine, Process Engineer

What does a day in the life at BAF look like to you? My day typically begins as grave shift is ending, which affords me the opportunity to check with people in the plant – usually in beans production and beans packaging – about how their evening went and what (if any) problems or concerns they had during that time....

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