This year marks E S Foods’ 20th Anniversary! Because of our longstanding ties with School Breakfast, we felt the best time to announce the kick-off of our celebration of 20 years of school foodservice innovation is now, during National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9. We were at the forefront of the grab-&-go concept and created the category of Classroom Breakfast with the introduction of our portable, convenient Breakfast BREAKS in 2005.
In a news release issued this week, our founder and CEO Gary Davis says, ““One of our company’s priorities has been to help increase participation in the underutilized School Breakfast Program. . . . By addressing obstacles such as time and cafeteria staffing, we introduced aseptic milk and grab-&-go breakfasts to serve in the classroom.” E S Foods also launched the got breakfast? Foundation in 2008 that has supported grants, research, and publicity to help feed hungry children. We have solutions for all school breakfast needs, whether it be for grab-&-go, classroom breakfast, or hot breakfast entrees.
In 1998, three of us – Gary Davis, Jeff Rowe, and I – started East Side Entrees here in Woodbury, New York. Today, now E S Foods, the three of us remain along with the same office staff for over a decade, and our positive continued growth and expansion has resulted in new changes at the executive level this past year. In August 2017, we welcomed Thomas Ferris as Senior Vice President of Sales, and in Dece,ber 2017, Scott Benne joined us at the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development.. The sales staff was recently expanded with the addition of Stephanie Johnson and Vinny Giacinto.
Today E S Foods covers all day parts, including breakfast, lunch, snack, afterschool, and summer feeding. Over 100 products comprise our product categories of shelf-stable, frozen entrees, smart snacks and protein innovations. Breakfast, of course, has always been our “most important meal of the day.” So this National School Breakfast Week, we encourage you to take part in the campaign “I Heart School Breakfast”. The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day but there are so many children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals who do not participate. A variety of resources and promotional tools are available for your use on the School Nutrition Association website.
We will have more news to share during this 20th anniversary year – including new product introductions, so stay tuned!