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With the ever-evolving situation and impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide, Spice Chain continues to prioritize the needs of our customer, along with the health and well-fair of our employees. As State Governors implement “stay in place” mandates for all “non-essential” employees, we want to reassure you that we are an essential business to the food industry and will continue full manufacturing operation.
Additionally, we have taken the following steps to secure our operations to continue to meet your needs:
- Daily reminders to all associates to follow CDC five principles of wash hands, 6-foot distancing, do not touch face, cover coughs and sneezing and report all illness.
- Each location is employing an adjusted shift schedule to minimize overlap between teams with staggered lunch and breaks.
- We have added health screening, increased sanitation stations and enhanced cleaning protocols throughout all of our facilities.
- We have shifted all possible non-operations staff to work-at-home status to increase social distancing, and to minimize the risk to the rest of the team.
- As of this writing, our staff is at normal levels, with the majority of our office personnel working remotely.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released statements affirming that there is no indication that the virus can be transmitted through food and other products imported to the United States. As a matter of continued safety, Spice Chain is closely monitoring recommendations from the government and following guidance of world health organizations.
While we have seen a slight slowing of transit times for overseas shipments, we are making adjustments to ensure continuity of supply. All of our international partners, with the exception of a select few in India, remain operational and continue to fulfill orders. The Indian government is starting to close commercial areas. These measures are expected to impact shipments from India in the near future. Given that our supply chain is global, our strategy is to carry ample stocks to weather supply interruptions. We have reviewed all Indian based commodities and currently have stocks that will carry our customer base for the next several months.
To help us maintain regular supply to all of our valued customers, we ask that all orders be placed with a minimum of 2 weeks lead time, especially for products or volumes that exceed historical purchases. Please alert us to any material changes in your supply needs.
We value the well-being and safety of our partners. As always we strive to be your trusted partner to build your business. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your Spice Chain representative, Cindy or me.
Vice President – Sales
Spiceco and Van de Vries Spice Become Spice Chain Corporation
Van de Vries Spice Corporation and Spiceco, two leading spice processors and packagers acquired on February 9, 2015 by Frontenac Co., have officially changed their name to Spice Chain Corporation. The move to Spice Chain consolidates the company brand into a single cohesive name.
Together the two businesses have become a highly capable, mid-sized, North American importer, processor and packager of spices and seasonings for manufacturers, food service distributors and retailers. The re-branding effort will allow both divisions to market to customers as Spice Chain.
“The re-naming of these two, 50 year old businesses as Spice Chain Corporation is aimed to capitalize on our combined strengths and allow us to offer more services to our customers while we accelerate our growth” said Pat Mulhern, Spice Chain CEO. “We are focused on modernizing and growing this company to give our current customers enhanced product and service offerings while offering new customers around the country a supplier choice that will customize offerings and deliver ingredients for success.”
“Customers of Spiceco knew us for our packaging, product variety and speed,” said Jim Peterkin, who helped lead Spiceco for the past twenty-five years and is now leading food service for the new company. “Now, as Spice Chain, we can offer our customers improved processing techniques—including superior grinding and precision blending—as well as packaging in just every size and form.
“We’ve waited a long time for improved packaging capabilities,” added Tom Schmidt, who runs the manufacturing and retail sales team. “We are thrilled to now be able to deliver.”
About Spice Chain:
A spice, herb and seasonings processor, blender and packager of spices, Spice Chain serves food retailers, manufacturers and distributors across the U.S. Spice Chain has been in business for 50 years, is headquartered in East Brunswick NJ, and operates 2 facilities with over 100,000 square feet of production and distribution.