The Nestlé Professional Chef-mate® factory in Trenton, Missouri had its official ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday July 10th.
Nestlé Professional announced that it had finalized the purchase agreement for the manufacturing assets in Trenton, Missouri in early June, 2018. The purchase of these assets allows Nestlé Professional to implement a focused and lean operation in Trenton while delivering the highest quality manufacturing for the Chef-mate brand.
Nestlé Professional is committed to the Chef-mate brand and the proprietary cooked-before-canning process. Using the same principles that home cooks have been using in their kitchens for years, our unique method uses a simmering effect to help eliminate harsh flavors and avoid overcooking the larger cans used for the out-of-home industry. Since 1964, Chef-mate has used the cooked-before-canning method to carefully pressure cook our products in our factory kitchen. This ensures that our quality ingredients don’t break down and that they maintain their integrity and made-from-scratch taste.
“This announcement by Nestlé Professional could not have come at a better time for the economic future of our community. I’m very excited this will happen and improve the business climate of Trenton and the region. This will help improve the quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue.
Approximately 75 guests attended the celebration, including local and state government officials, employees and journalists. Speakers at the event included Andy Darley, Trenton Factory Manager, Tim Coughlin, Head of Manufacturing for Nestlé Professional – USA, Dan Hegeman, Missouri State Senator and Rusty Black, Missouri State Representative. During the remarks speakers recognized all of the hard work required to finalize the transition – pointing to the team effort that resulted in saving 150 local jobs.
Watch the Chef-mate video on our proprietary cooked-before-canning process.