CLEAR LAKE – AFP advanced food products, llc was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The 2014 Large Business Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Paradise Landing May 13.
In addition State Senator Shelia Harsdorf presented a Citation by the Legislature on behalf of the Polk County Legislators State Senators Shelia Harsdorf and Robert Jauch and State Representatives Erik Severson and Stephen Smith. Chuckie DeSmith, AFP Clear Lake Plant Manager, Lisa Cornell, Senior Human Resources Manager, Jackie Dibble, Production Superintendent, and Maci Nyseth, Human Resource Business, Partner, accepted the award and recognition on behalf of AFP Clear Lake.
AFP advanced food products, llc is a joint venture formed in 2001 between Land O’ Lakes and Bongrain SA, and is headquartered in New Holland, PA. AFP Clear Lake is one of three plants that comprise AFP. The other two plants are located in Visalia, CA and New Holland, PA.
AFP is a food packaging company that produces aseptic food products that are shelf-stable at room temperature. The products consist of cheese sauce and dairy products that are packaged in steel/aluminum cans and plastic cups/pouches. Products are sold through food service, retail, and export channels. AFP customers include many global food brand owners (PepsiCo, Nestle, and Yum Brands) as well as many U. S. retailers and food service distributors (Kroger, Ahold, Wal-Mart, Sysco).
AFP is compliant with the Global Food Safety Initiative and is certified through the British Retail Consortium consistently receiving an “A” grade. AFP is also certified by the American Institute of Baking, continually receiving “Superior” scores on those audits. AFP has been selected for many awards including the PepsiCo Quality Award in 2004, 2008 and 2010, Supplier of the Year award in 2010, Great Partner and Service Award in 2011 and the PepsiCo Productivity Award in 2012.
In 2013, 119 million pounds (roughly 2,700 semi truck loads) of product was produced at the AFP Clear Lake Plant. AFP Clear Lake continues to grow and is nearly a 24/7 operation. There are 165 employees with an average of 15 years of service. The annual turnover rate is less than 2 percent. The plant has an excellent safety record and successfully adheres to industry standards, exceeding expectations in all of the categories.
The Clear Lake plant supports the local community with donations and financial support. It contributes to the Annual Clear Lake Days celebration and donates roughly 300 cases of product to support local youth group activities as well as local school athletics and education activities.
For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.polkcountyedc.com.