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Baldor Boston gearing up for phenomenal fourth quarter

Glenn Messinger, general manager of Baldor Boston, said the company anticipates having a phenomenal fourth quarter. Baldor Specialty Foods, headquartered in the Bronx, NY, is the parent company of Baldor Boston. The Boston facility opened in 2006 and has been on a fast-track of growth ever since.baldor

“Our summer was great, and we are expecting that to continue for the remainder of the year,” said Messinger.

“In the fall, Boston comes alive with college kids, and consumers are back from summer vacations and traveling less. We are really confident that we are going to have an outstanding fall here.”

Baldor Specialty Foods is continually expanding its lines and looking for ways to better serve its customers. In addition to New York and Boston, the company has a facility in Baltimore; Baldor D.C., which opened in early 2014 and has enjoyed equally strong growth.

In the Boston region, the company has taken on a few vendors that handle some interesting Mediterranean products. Messinger sends out a message for everyone to stay alert for coming announcements.

“One potential new partnership is with a local cold brew coffee company for distribution to the foodservice sector,” he explained. “And we are considering a local pasta line. Overall, there are lots of interesting additions, and many others being considered.”

Baldor Boston’s business growth caused the company to quickly outgrow its original facility. It moved into its new high-tech customized facility last April, after one year and four months of construction.

“Being here in the new facility has been fantastic,” noted Messinger. “It has really improved our efficiencies. We went from nine to 37 loading doors, and from 27,000-square feet to 100,000. The building was designed with efficiencies in mind, including state-of-the-art equipment.

“We are really taking advantage of the additional space we now have to better serve our customers,” he added.

Although Baldor Boston’s business is primarily the foodservice sector, Messinger said that many local specialty shops really like the company’s Urban Roots’ branded product line that is geared toward retailers. The brand is used on fresh cut and other fruits and vegetables, as well as on dairy and deli products the company sells. The “Urban” part of the name is indicative of Baldor’s strong representation and support of locally grown items and their producers.

The company also plays a major role in sustainability and community support in the areas in which it does business. Its Imperfect Produce program is one example of its commitment to play an active role in reducing food waste and strengthening the regional food system.

Baldor is equally committed to supporting local producers and it features them on its website and on social media.

Additionally, the company is committed to aiding those in need. In late August, Baldor Specialty Foods announced that the non-profit food rescue organization, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, will honor the company with the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership for their commitment to sustainability throughout every aspect of the supply chain to optimize environmental and social best practices.

The award will be presented at Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ annual Ultimate Tailgate party on Nov. 3 at Cruiseport Boston 1 in Boston. The annual event attracts more than 450 guests and over 25 restaurants.