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Foster Farms Donates Turkey to Serve 140,000 Holiday Meals in Wildfire Country

As communities throughout Northern California recover from multiple wildfires, Foster Farms is delivering more than 10 truckloads of holiday turkey to food banks and community groups in California, Oregon and Washington. In total, Foster Farms will donate 126,000 pounds of turkey this holiday season, enough to serve more than 140,000 individual meals.

While the holiday donations are an annual tradition for Foster Farms, this season the family-owned company is making a special effort to help its neighbors displaced by the Northern California wildfires with a donation of $100,000  and 40,000 pounds of poultry products to Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. Foster Farms hopes its donations will encourage other businesses, organizations and community members to support local food banks.

Millions of West Coast families are affected by food insecurity. In California and the Pacific Northwest, more than one in eight households do not have enough to eat. Food banks cite protein as one of the most-needed foods, and Foster Farms is working to provide greater access to naturally lean protein through turkey and chicken donations.

“Foster Farms has become the company it is today because of the loyalty of millions of West Coast families. We recognize that in times of adversity, we have a responsibility to step forward and return that support in kind,” said Foster Farms CEO Laura Flanagan.

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is one of many West Coast food banks benefitting from this year’s turkey donations. Executive Director Paul Ash welcomed a delivery of 14,400 pounds of whole turkeys for local distribution. “Protein is one of the most important donations for the food bank because it is a nutritional staple for every wholesome meal. We are grateful for Foster Farms’ generous turkey donation, once again this year, which will help ensure that the Bay Area families we serve can enjoy the tradition of a satisfying Thanksgiving meal.”

Food banks and hunger relief organizations benefiting from Foster Farms’ donations this year are:

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

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Northwest Harvest Food Bank


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Oregon Food Bank Network


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Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

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San Francisco City Impact

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Second Harvest Food Bank

San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

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SF-Marin Food Bank                                       

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Redwood Empire Food Bank

Santa Rosa

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United Samaritans Foundation


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In December, Foster Farms will continue its hunger relief efforts as the title sponsor of the Foster Farms Bowl, partnering with Bay Area food banks to raise awareness of local hunger needs. Foster Farms Bowl donations will include thousands of pounds of chicken to San Francisco charities GLIDE and St. Anthony’s for Christmas meals, and for every Foster Farms Bowl ticket purchased, one meal will be donated to local hunger relief organizations. Tickets for the game, which will be played on December 27 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, are available at

La Piana Balsamic Vinegars Now Available in Ohio at Heinen’s Locations

Italian Foods Corporation’s line of three imported La Piana® balsamic vinegars of Modena now are available in northeast Ohio at Heinen’s Grocery Store locations.

ItalianFoodsBalsamicSilverWhiteHeinen’s is carrying the La Piana Bronze Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, La Piana Silver Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and Gold Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena through Zidian Distribution of Youngstown, Ohio, according to Francesca Lapiana-Krause, Italian Foods General Manager.

The vinegars are made from the juice of Trebbiano grapes grown in the Modena region, which produce a rich, sweet and pleasantly acidic balsamic vinegar whose intense, but well-rounded flavor is a hallmark of the region, Lapiana-Krause said. La Piana Bronze Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has a density of 1.18 and a sugar level of 400 to 430 grams per liter, the Silver Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has a density of 1.25 and sugar from 540 to 570 grams, and the Gold balsamic vinegar has a density of 1.32 with sugar at 750 grams.

Suggested retail prices of the vinegars, which come in 8.4-ounce decorative bottles, are $16.47 for the Bronze, $22.65 for the Silver and $36.04 for the Gold. Italian Foods Corporation also carries a line of Romantica vinegars. More information about Italian Foods Corporation is available online at or by calling 1.888.516.7262.

Prairie Farms Hauls Home Awards from Dairy Competitions

Prairie Farms awards for webPrairie Farms Dairy took home dozens of awards from the 2017 World Dairy Expo Product Competition. The awards ceremony was held on October 3 at the 2017 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prairie Farms competed in nearly 30 categories and won 40 awards. The awards included 14 first place championship trophies, 11 second place medallions, and 15 third place medallions. The big win included six perfect scores for salted caramel milk, sea salt caramel milk, white milk (two trophies), chocolate milk and whipping cream. Prairie Farms swept the competition in three categories: southwest dip, low-fat chocolate milk, and fat-free chocolate milk.

“To earn prestigious World Dairy Expo Awards, a dairy company must offer top-quality products. Prairie Farms competed in 27 categories and won 40 awards, that’s nearly 50 percent of total category awards and more than any of our competitors. Our performance was outstanding in all categories,” said Rebecca Leinenbach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Prairie Farms. “We serve millions of customers each day who deserve the highest quality products available, and during the past 75 years they have counted on Prairie Farms’ commitment to delivering the best of the best from our farms to their tables.”

The World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, is the only judging contest of its kind in North America. More than 1,200 products were entered from all over the country in 79 contest classes, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, butter, sour cream, dairy dips, ice cream, cottage cheese and whey products.

Prairie Farms results from 2017 state fair competitions in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky were equally impressive. Over 150 red, white and blue ribbons were awarded in numerous categories. New this year for Prairie Farms were entries in the Illinois State Fair Cheese Competition where the company’s cheese division won blue ribbons for cream cheese, blue cheese, and gorgonzola. The Missouri win included five blue rosette ribbons, which are the highest-ranking ribbons, for sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, fat-free milk and iced coffee. In Kentucky, six gold medals were awarded for butter, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, buttermilk, low-fat and reduced-fat milk.

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