Amy's Kitchen

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Amy's Kitchen is a family-owned, privately held company that manufactures organic and non-GMO convenience and frozen foods. Founded in 1987 by CEO Andy Berliner[1] and Rachel Berliner, and incorporated since 1988,[1] Amy's Kitchen took its name from their then-newborn daughter, Amy.[2] All of Amy's 250+ products are vegetarian and made with organic ingredients.[3] The company makes over 130 gluten-free options.[4]

Company[edit]

The company employs over 1,900 people[5] and operates processing plants in Santa Rosa, California[6] and White City, Oregon.[7] A new processing plant is being built in Goshen, NY,[8] and the company is opening a plant in Pocatello, ID, in 2014.[9] The corporate headquarters is in Petaluma, California.[2]

Both of the company's co-founders, Andy and Rachel Berliner, had prior experience in the organic food business. Rachel's family had grown and advocated organic vegetables and fruits since the 1950s. Andy was formerly the president and majority shareholder of the Magic Mountain Herb Tea company.[2]

Amy's Kitchen supports non-GMO food and GMO labeling initiatives,[10][11] and is a major sponsor of Farm Aid's annual benefit concert (2012, 2013, 2014). [12]

Because Amy's is a private entity, its annual earnings are not public knowledge. They reported gross sales of over $300 million on CNBC's "How I made my Millions" in 2012.[13]

Products[edit]

The company's first product was made in 1988: Amy’s Vegetable Pot Pie. As of 2014, Amy's makes more than 250 organic products, including frozen entrees, burritos, wraps and bowls, to soups, beans, salsa and pasta sauce, as well as sweets, including cakes, cookies, candy bars and non-dairy frozen desserts. All of Amy's products are vegetarian. Amy's products do not contain meat, eggs, seafood, peanuts, GMOs or hydrogenated fats and oils.[7]

Amy’s is widely available in the United States and Canada, and increasingly available in other countries such as Great Britain, Germany, Australia. Distribution is growing in Latin America, Southeast Asia and China.

Amy's Drive Thru[edit]

Amy's Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California

The first Amy's Drive Thru restaurant opened in Rohnert Park, California on July 20, 2015.[14] This is a vegetarian fast food restaurant concept, featuring burgers, shakes, fries, pizzas and salads. All foods are non-GMO. Vegan and gluten free menu options will be available.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Renee Martin; Don Martin (April 2011). The Risk Takers: 16 Top Entrepreneurs Share Their Strategies for Success. Vanguard Press. pp. 172–. ISBN 978-1-59315-637-4. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Fitter, Fawn (2009-02-19). "Organic growth: How Amy's Kitchen got started". CNNMoney.com. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ Michael J. Silverstein; Kate Sayre; John Butman (8 September 2009). Women Want More. HarperCollins. pp. 119–. ISBN 978-0-06-190540-7. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ [1] Amy's Gluten Free product list
  5. ^ Verel, Dan. "Amy’s Kitchen opens second onsite primary care clinic". North Bay Business Journal. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Share your thoughts: Expedite Amy’s Kitchen expansion?". North Bay Business Journal. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  7. ^ a b Mann, Damian (2013-03-21). "Seeds Of Controversy". Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon Public Broadcasting). Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  8. ^ Area Development News Desk. "Amy’s Kitchen Invests Nearly $100 Million To Establish Goshen, New York, Manufacturing Center". Area Development. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/state/amy-s-kitchen-to-open-in-converted-idaho-plant/article_02f8e7e4-5541-53a0-a940-082bb9093282.html
  10. ^ "Amy’s Kitchen CEO: Only in America can you consume GMOs without knowing it". FoodNavigator-USA.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "GMO - Amy's Kitchen - We Love To Cook For You™". amys.com. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.farmaid.org/atf/cf/%7B6ef41923-f003-4e0f-a4a6-ae0031db12fb%7D/AMYS_FARM_AID_2014_PRESS_RELEASE.PDF
  13. ^ "Amy's Kitchen | E.S. Kluft & Co | Bag Makers, Inc | Brooklyn Flea". How I Made My Millions. 2012-09-18. CNBC. 
  14. ^ Irwin, Heather (July 20, 2015). "Hundreds line up for debut of Amy’s Drive Thru". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ Digitale, Robert (June 24, 2015). "Amy’s Drive Thru expects to open organic Rohnert Park eatery in July". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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