Started in 1974 as a meat processing facility under the name Mann’s International Meat Specialties. The company’s line of business included the manufacturing of sausages, cured meats and smoked meats until it was sold to a local group of investors in Feb. of 2001. During the next several years the plant took on several product modifications, they also experienced significant growth and the name was changed to Taste Traditions of Omaha. In July of 2012 the investment group sold to TOBA, Inc. TOBA owned by Tony Wald was one of 7 companies under the TOBA umbrella. TOBA supports Taste Traditions efforts to accelerate strong growth and continue to find ways to improve the facility, efficiencies and position with current and future customers. As a food manufacturing company, Taste strives to go above and beyond customers expectations by providing convenient cuisines with exceptional taste using the highest quality ingredients.
Our facility is 41, 580 square feet. It includes four Chester Jensen 400 gallon kettles that can produce 33,200 lb of product in a shift. We also utilize a shear pump with certain products to achieve our objectives as they pertain to homogenization and emulsification. A 200 gallon liquefier is used in certain products to enhance the dry good mixing process. Our 18’ Continuous Pasta Blancher will cook 5,000 lbs of pasta per hour. Unlike most of our competitors we utilize a two part fill process in our pasta’s and heavy particulate soups to insure a consistent liquid to particulate ratio. We also implement a 14×11 high capacity oven to produce a Spanish rice offering unlike any other. The Cryovac unit will form and fill pouches from 2-8 lbs. All pouched product will then be processed through our dual chill baths and the freezing process will be completed in one of our 2 blast freezers. Lastly, we can process up to 7,000 enchiladas per hour utilizing our Solbern Enchilada Line.
Dee a Regional Sales Director who manages a 10 state territory in the Midwest. She also manages a broker network to support and represent products to foodservice and retail clients in those states. Dee is an effective communicator with her clients, co-workers, management team and peers. Dee began her career with Taste Traditions in 2007 as an Executive Assistant to the President. Her focus was hiring, developing & leading talent for the sales team. Over the course of her career at Taste Traditions she moved into a direct sales role successfully growing her territory, earning her Sales Person of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. Dee’s previous employment was as a District Branch Manager for the Omaha & Lincoln offices for Kelly Services and then Spherion Staffing. Her staffing background has allowed her the ability to be intuitive in her overall interaction with people in the food & retail service industry. She looks forward to growing business and developing new relationships! Dee has a BA from the University of NE-Lincoln in Communications
Dennis Smith is a Regional Sales Director for Taste Traditions of Omaha managing the south central and western US. He has been with Taste Traditions for 11 years. Dennis has 18 years foodservice experience and 15 years’ experience with Fortune 500 food companies. In his spare time Dennis enjoys gardening, DIY home projects, and spending time with his family.
In May of 1988 graduated from University of Nebraska-Omaha. Started his career with Coca-Cola Enterprises in 1991 and held a variety of positions over a 19 year tenure including the last 6 years as the Sales Center Manager for the Omaha and Norfolk Sales Centers. In 2011 took on the position as Director of Sales for the James Skinner Baking Co. Then in October of 2015 had the opportunity to join Taste Traditions of Omaha as the VP of Sales and Asst. General Manager. Today he feels blessed to work with the terrific people at Taste Traditions and although delighted with the progress experienced during his time with the company he is even more excited about the potential going forward.
Lynn recently joined the sales team of Taste Traditions of Omaha. She brings with her over 18 years of Foodservice experience. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Journalism. Lynn later went on to get her AA in Culinary Arts because of her growing passion for food. She owned and operated her own catering business in Lincoln, Nebraska for 13 years before selling it to the Executive Chef. In 2013, she joined Entegra Procurement Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sodexo. During her time at Entegra, Lynn held positions as both Regional Account Manager and National Account Executive. Lynn is excited to be a part of Taste Traditions and is looking forward to working with you and helping you achieve your business goals.
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