Dennymike's Sauces And Seasonings Opens Wheat-free, Nut-free Production And Co-packing Operation In Maine
Westbrook, Maine -- August 21, 2013 -- Dennis Michael (DennyMike) Sherman, founder of DennyMike's (www.dennymikes.com), the Maine-based, award-winning line of sauces and seasonings, announced today that the company has opened DennyMike's Sauces and Seasonings Co-Packing, a new production and co-packing facility at 15 Eisenhower Drive in Westbrook. The facility, home to the in-house production of DennyMike's, is now offering co-packing services to small to mid-size producers of shelf stable, dry ingredient food producers who require a wheat- and nut-free production facility.
"There was a clear need in this region for a small batch co-packer with big producer standards of excellence, and we look forward to filling that need," said Sherman. "Our oversight and attention to detail have earned our products more than 60 awards to date, and we promise that we'll invest the same kind of time and attention in our co-packing clients' products...we'd love to help them win awards of their own!"
The new space includes a tumble blender, filler unit, bag sealer and shrink tunnel and is equipped to fill shelf stable (those not requiring refrigeration) dry ingredients of varying consistencies into packets, tins, bags, bottles and bulk containers. Sherman recently relocated his production from Dana Warp Mill on Bridge St. to the spacious, stand-alone, 10,000-square-foot facility to increase production and meet the ever-rising demand for products that are sensitive to a wider range of dietary restrictions.
"We've always been gluten free and nut free, and we know the value of a dedicated facility and a knowledgeable staff who understands the challenges and unique needs of small-batch production," explained Sherman. "As a co-packer, we hope to be a valuable resource to those businesses that are working through the complexities of creating their brands and successfully marketing the products nationwide."
Small-batch producers are often stymied by the intricacies of production guidelines and safety standards for food items sold nationally and internationally, and Sherman's explains that his staff is equipped to offer new and growing dry food producers insights, recommendations, advice and coordination of services for everything from label and logo design to lab analysis and packaging.
In addition, DennyMike's Sauces and Seasonings Co-Packing has created the certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP) plans, required by the USDA and the FDA, for every element and function of the business.
The move comes as a result the company's steady growth since its launch in 2006. DennyMike's has enjoyed rapid placement throughout the Northeast, North Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions, and the products are currently under consideration by specialty retailers on the West Coast and in the South. Sherman expects to have agreements in place by the end of the year.
DennyMike's is a Maine company with roots founded in the spirit of true, Texas-style dry rub BBQ. All of DennyMike's award-winning, gluten-free and all-natural sauces and seasonings are hand-crafted in Maine in small batches, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. DennyMike's seasonings are a great way to begin any food preparation, whether cooking in the kitchen or at the pit, and help create an impressive finish to any meal. DennyMike's products are available at an increasing number of specialty food retailers and online at www.dennymikes.com.
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