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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Jesse Pratt - National Accounts Sales Manager for GAA

 Jesse began his career working as a Technical Analyst and Network Engineer with a variety of clients. His experience lead to a position as IT Manager for a Virginia-based company in the Food Manufacturing industry. Once there, he also moved into the position of Customer Service Manager, before eventually taking on the role of National Accounts Sales Manager. Jesse handled all aspects of dozens of multi-unit chain accounts, and brought in six new National Accounts within four years.

When this company closed in 2012, Jesse became the National Accounts Sales Manager for Great American Appetizers.

Posted by amieb at 1:23 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Jesse Bigham - Retail Sales Manager for GAA

Jesse started in the food business in 1995, working in canned, DSD and Mexican Food Sales. Prior to coming to GAA, he worked for a Texas appetizer company in several capacities. Initially Jesse handled Foodservice and Retail Sales, moving into national accounts and industrial sales. Towards the end of his tenure, Jesse became the COO and was responsible for all manufacturing and sales.

In 2012, after the sales of this company, Jesse took a position with Great American Appetizers as the Retail Sales Manager.

Posted by amieb at 3:20 PM
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Retirement of Frank Benso

We are formally announcing the retirement of Frank Benso, VP of Retail Sales for Great American Appetizers, Inc. Frank has worked for seven years in the sales department but will now be able to enjoy more time with his family. We all wish Frank the very best.

Frank's last day will be September 13, 2013. During this time he will be transitioning his duties to Jesse Bigham, National Retail Sales Manager with GAA. Jesse has been with the company for almost two years but in the food industry for 18 years, and has been a great asset to Great American Appetizers with his vast knowledge and experience. Please feel free to reach out to Jesse as he will be able to take care of any needs or concerns you may have. Jesse can be reached by phone at 210-363-0260 or by e-mail at

Posted by amieb at 4:25 PM
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
GAA wins the PL Buyer 2013 Category Colonel GOLD Award for the 5th time!

 It's official! Great American Appetizers, Inc. is the winner of the PL Buyer 2013 Category Colonel Gold Award for frozen snacks and appetizers once again! Being the honored recipients of this prestigious award 5 times is a true testament to our ability to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.  Earning this esteemed award is a true honor and we deeply value all that voted for us.  As we continue to grow we will remain strong to our core values of always providing premium quality products at a fair price with superior service.

Posted by amieb at 9:00 AM
Friday, June 25, 2010
Great American Appetizers Earns Private Label Buyer Magazine's Category Colonel Award for Third Consecutive Year
Great American Appetizers has earned the top spot in the Frozen Snacks category of Private Label Buyer Magazine's Category Colonel Awards for 2010. The company also received this honor in 2008 and 2009. Private Label Buyer Magazine, an industry leading publication, developed the Category Colonel Awards program in 2001 to spotlight private label industry suppliers who excel in their service to the retail community.
Award recipients are determined via a ballot process where retailer representatives write in their choice for suppliers who have "significantly contributed to the development of their store brand programs by providing quality products, value, and outstanding customer service." Given that all votes are write-ins, winning the category is truly an achievement.
"Being recognized as a best-in-class private label supplier is a testament to our products, our processes, our people, and our commitment to serving our customers as a valued business partner.   We work diligently on behalf of each customer’s business to maximize their private label program," states Ellen Meyer, GAA president.
The July issue of PL Buyer will feature all Category Colonel Award recipients from all private label categories.
Posted by amieb at 1:28 PM
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Great American Appetizers Achieves Certification as a GFSI Manufacturer by Completing the Highest-Level Compliance to the BRC Standard Audit
Great American Appetizers, Inc., a provider of premium appetizer and potato products, demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of food safety by successfully satisfying the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standard. The company's multi-day audit, completed in March 2010, resulted in a certification grade of A: the BRC's highest audit achievement. This certifies Great American Appetizers as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) compliant manufacturer.
The GFSI mission is "continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers". This internationally recognized certification and grading forum provides a single standard and protocol that is comprehensive in scope, covering all areas of quality, hygiene, and product safety. The BRC Standard is among the Global Food Standards benchmarking systems recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.
"Our commitment to the fundamentals of food safety management underscores all we do at Great American Appetizers. We are proud to have achieved this highest level of compliance with the BRC. Our international certification is validation of our processes, procedures, and continual improvements. Our customers can have confidence in our dedication to their safety," states Ellen Meyer, GAA president. The company will continue to stay at the forefront of food safety with annual reviews of this certification.
Posted by amieb at 4:38 PM
Monday, February 01, 2010
Food and Functionality
It?s the product. It?s the packaging. It?s both. New products for private label have traditionally been about what?s in the package. But new products and new packaging are increasingly going hand-in-hand, to judge from a number of innovations at the PLMA trade show.
Posted by amieb at 3:48 PM
Monday, January 18, 2010
Northwest Food Processor's Association
This week we are attending the Northwest Food Manufacturing and Packaging Expo in Portland. This event is the largest regional food processing trade show in North America. It will attract nearly 4,000 food industry professionals from across the country.
The City of Nampa is participating with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership in exhibiting at the show. With our long history of agricultural production, food processing has grown to be a cornerstone of our economy. With companies like JR Simplot, Amalgamated Sugar, Sorrento Lactalis, XL Four Star Beef, and Great American Appetizer already in Nampa, we believe there is opportunity to attract additional processors to the area.
In addition, we think we could attract any number of companies that supply or purchase from these firms. During the recent economic downtown, food processing has been one of the few stable and expanding segments of our economy.
Visit us at Booth 747, January 18-20, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center!
City of Nampa website
Posted by amieb at 4:02 PM
Monday, January 11, 2010
Idaho State of the State Address 2010
BOISE, Idaho - Jan. 11 - Following is the prepared text of Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's (R) 2010 state of the state address.
Posted by amieb at 3:57 PM