NewsEmployees Value Recognition Luncheon
We recently held an Employees Value Recognition luncheon where 45 employees were recognized for exemplifying our Core-Values. Take "A Look Back" at what went into the nominations from inside the walls of the farm. https://lnkd.in/djG8VZj
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To-Jo Repeats At 2015 PA Farm Show; Capturing "Best Overall Mushroom Display"
AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (January 19th, 2015) To-Jo Mushrooms announced today that it has repeated victory at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show held in Harrisburg, PA, winning "Best Overall Mushroom Display" over the weekend. To-Jo finished 1st in seven mushroom categories including best Mushroom Centerpiece, best 8 oz. Portabella Caps, and best 2.75" Large White Mushrooms to help seal the victory. The event attracts over 400,000 attendees to the PA Expo Center every year, and is the largest indoor agricultural event in America.
Our team of growers and event planners were determined to win again, and the "Super Bowl Tailgate" theme was a huge success. The intense preparation was once again rewarded with a victory for the entire team. Repeating at an event like this is a testament to the time and effort To-Jo puts into growing only the freshest, highest quality White, Portabella, and Specialty Mushrooms.
Anthony D'Amico, To-Jo's President added, "The team outdid itself once again, and the energies that went in to this victory show the dedication and passion that our people put into their work each and every day here at To-Jo. I am so proud of everyone who helped in the preparation of this year's exhibit, it's not easy, and winning against the best in the business is truly an honor.
To-Jo Mushrooms is a family owned and operated Grower/Shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms for both the Foodservice and Retail industries. Known for its quality and service, To-Jo is the preferred industry partner for cutting edge mushroom products. To-Jo actively collaborates with its customers by providing extensive category management, sales support, and customer driven product development. To-Jo distributes its full line of fresh mushrooms through its company-owned fleet of vehicles and offers its value-added lines of products nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.
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Fresh Summit Recap
Our To-Jo team just returned from a very successful PMA Fresh Summit show in Anaheim. The show, which took place from October 17-19th, consisted of industry leaders, marketing experts, retailers, food safety specialists, young professionals, decision makers, and many other key people in the industry. A record 1,090 companies took up 265,300 square feet of exhibit space at the show. The crowds at the show were bigger than ever, with about 22,400 attendees from more than 60 countries participating in event. The huge turnout created great energy on the floor as contacts were formed, trends were made known, and ideas were exchanged.
To-Jo uses this one-of-a-kind opportunity to expand our network and make connections with our current customers. This year, our booth was centered around our new Brand Messaging Platforms, "We do our best work in the dark" and "The freshest thinking in fresh mushrooms," which focus on our quality products and companies core values. Furthermore, we incorporated pictures from inside our facilities, including workers on the floor who directly weigh, pack and handle our products, as well as the To-Jo family inside the growing beds. We are proud of how far the business has come and we think the booth and the atmosphere we provided did a wonderful job of demonstrating the values we stand for. We provided delicious mushroom pizza samples to anyone who came by our booth to learn about our company. The pizza was supplied by our partner, Grotto's Pizza, and was greatly enjoyed by all.
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To-Jo Mushrooms Increases Production And Completes Facility Expansion
AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (October 6, 2014) To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. announces today that it has recently expanded its Farm production through the securing of an additional 200,000 sq. ft. of mushroom growing capacity. These new growing beds will be dedicated to both White and Brown mushroom production and will enable To-Jo to harvest an additional 8 million lbs. of product annually to better serve its customer base.
The increase in production coincides with the completion of an 8,000 sq. ft. expansion of their Avondale headquarters that includes a new state of the art fresh mushroom receiving area, additional cold storage capacity and a new pre-cleaned mushroom processing area. The expansion is in line with the company's strategic vision, and will enable To-Jo to keep pace with the growing demand for mushrooms in both the foodservice and retail divisions of its business.
"By continuously improving our facilities and increasing our production capacity for our customers we will ensure that only the freshest, highest quality products will be delivered out from our facilities on a daily basis. These improvements will help keep To-Jo at the forefront of an ever expanding mushroom category." Said President Tony D'Amico
To-Jo Mushrooms is a family owned and operated Grower/Shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms based out of Avondale, PA. Known for its quality and service, To-Jo is one of the fastest emerging mushroom companies in the industry; servicing and collaborating with many of the largest retailers, restaurant chains, and foodservice distributors across the country. To-Jo distributes its full line of fresh mushrooms through its company-owned fleet of vehicles and offers its value-added lines of products nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.
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Chester County Chamber for Silent Auction Dinner
We were happy to host the Southern Chester County Chamber for a silent auction dinner at To-Jo on Friday night. Everyone had a wonderful time and Chef Dan from The Country Butcher cooked a sensational meal for the group!
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Farmer and the Chef//Support March of Dimes
We were proud to Support The March of Dimes through the Farmer and the Chef event that was held at the Wilmington Riverfront last week. Carmie, Cristina, John and Pete put together a beautiful arrangement of domestic and specialty mushrooms that won To-Jo the "BEST BOOTH" display for the 2nd year in a row! Music was played, raffles were drawn and wonderful food samples were served throughout the night.
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We had a great week at the Farm with To-Jo's annual Celebration Day. The day consisted of many fun events including a soccer shoot-out, service awards, presentations that recognized employees, and food, of course! Delicious pizza was provided by Grotto's and homemade Mexican cuisine was enjoyed by everyone. ..."One Team... One Family" Team To-Jo really shined this week, way to go everyone!
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The RCA's New York Metro Region hosted a "S'rooms and You" event on Friday, September 5th at our Mushroom Farm with a full turnout. A hands-on farm tour, cooking demo by Chef Brett of Portabello's restaurant and a networking reception were all included on this exciting and informational day. To-Jo is proud to partner with the Research Chef Association. We look forward to more events like this to come!
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To-Jo Mushrooms Spotlights Its Business With Farm Star Living
Atlanta, Georgia- Farm Star Living, the nation's lifestyle brand that celebrates American farming, farmers and food, announces its recent partnership with To-Jo Mushrooms, a fourth generation family-owned and operated mushroom farm that grows and distributes a full line of fresh and prepared mushroom products.
"We are so pleased to welcome To-Jo Mushrooms to the Farm Star Living family. For over four generations the D'Amico family has been harvesting mushrooms, and we are so excited to help raise awareness of this fabulous company that is family-owned and produces locally grown products," says Mary Blackmon, Farm Star Living founder. "We are also proud to showcase the mushrooms impressive attributes as a Superfood. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed to require the declaration of vitamin D on the Nutrition Facts Panel of food and beverage products." To-Jo Mushrooms joins the growing roster of Farm Star Living sponsors including Limoneira, Springer Mountain Farms and SunWorld.
"To-Jo is committed to excellence in growing standards and raising public awareness about how its farmers and growers take pride in producing fresh, quality, products that are a healthy addition to your family's diet. We believe that Farm Star Living, which celebrates USA farmers, is an ideal partner to help people nationwide feel good about the locally grown products they are serving to their families like our To-Jo mushrooms," says Peter Wilder, Marketing Director.
To-Jo Mushrooms is a vertically integrated Grower/Shipper that has been harvesting mushrooms in Southeastern Pennsylvania for over 70 years. Although the business has grown since its inception, some things remain the same: the commitment to a high-integrity, quality product that is not only good for you, but one can feel good about eating. To-Jo delivers its mushrooms to stores nationwide, including food service and grocery chains across the USA.
Farm Star Living is the lifestyle brand that celebrates American farming, farmers and farm-fresh food. The Farm Star Living website, www.farmstarliving.com, satisfies Americans eager to know who's behind their food and how to support farmers and farm-fresh food. Farm Star Living recently launched its A-Z Guide showcasing all health benefits and nutrition info for every vegetable, fruit, nut, herb and spice from A-Z. Farm Star Living also has the only app that provides easy, quick access to hundreds of Farm-to-Table restaurants in major cities throughout the U.S. as well as hundreds of farms open to the public for exciting activities and fun.
For more information about Farm Star Living, please visit: www.farmstarliving.com, download the Free Farm Star Living App or become a fan via: https://www.facebook.com/FarmStarLiving and on Twitter @FarmStarLiving.
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To-Jo supports Tri-State Lupus Foundation
To-Jo representative Julie Petrovick presented a $1,000 check to the Lupus Foundation Tri-State Chapter Executive Director, Annette Myarick, during the annual Walk to End Lupus that was held Sunday, June 22nd at the Wilmington Riverfront. Julie is the Secretary of the Tri-State Chapter and has rallied To-Jo employees to support the cause by hosting a number of company bake sales. All donations were supported by a company match, and our $1,000 donation has helped the event raise over $22,000 to date. The Walk to End Lupus Now fundraising continues through July 22nd. http://www.lupus.org/tristate/events/entry/walk-to-end-lupus-now
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To-Jo Mushrooms Enhances Senior Leadership
AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (June 6, 2014) To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. announces today that Kevin Delaney has joined the company as VP of Sales and Marketing and Amy Steenrod has been appointed to Director of Human Resources.
Mr. Delaney will be responsible for managing To-Jo's national sales team and overseeing the marketing strategies for both the Fresh and Food Products Divisions of the company. He previously served as Director of Marketing at Procacci Brothers in Philadelphia, where he has worked since 2007. Kevin also currently serves on the PMA Foundation Board of Directors.
"Kevin will give To-Jo a national perspective that further strengthens our competitive position in both the Foodservice and Retail segments of the industry. We are excited to have him on board as we continue to expand our business and develop new territories", said President Anthony D'Amico.
Amy Steenrod comes to To-Jo from Embraer Aircraft Holdings in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she served as Sr. Human Resources Business Partner. She brings 20 years of HR experience, and a proven set of business practices that will only enhance our company's culture and contribute to the To-Jo "employee experience". During her time at Embraer Amy was an integral part of their three year run as one of "Florida's Best Companies to Work For".
"The addition of Amy to our senior leadership team will allow us foster our company's core values, enabling To-Jo to become an employer of choice in the industry", said President Anthony D'Amico.
To-Jo Mushrooms is a family owned and operated Grower/Shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms for both the Foodservice and Retail industries. Known for its quality and service, To-Jo is the preferred industry partner for cutting edge mushroom products. To-Jo actively collaborates with its customers by providing extensive category management, sales support, and customer driven product development. To-Jo distributes its full line of fresh mushroom through its company-owned fleet of vehicles and offers its value-added lines of products nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.
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To-Jo Mushrooms Supports 12th Annual Produce for Kids Get Healthy Give Hope Campaign
AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (May 12, 2014) To-Jo Mushrooms is proud to announce its support of the 12th annual Produce for Kids® Get Healthy Give Hope campaign to help raise funds for children's organizations. To-Jo is partnering with Produce for Kids to support Giant Food Stores and its charitable organization, Our Family Foundation. In addition to a direct contribution to Produce for Kids, To-Jo will be donating funds from the sale of its 8 oz. Whole and Sliced Mushrooms from May 2 – June 14 to support the Foundation.
In-store signage, featuring Chica from Sprout® TV, will notify Giant shoppers of the participating produce companies and their products, and will include easy-to-prepare recipes featuring products such as To-Jo's 8 oz. sliced mushrooms. In-store materials will also direct shoppers to the Produce for Kids website where more than 150 produce centered recipes and healthy tips from real parents will be featured.
Over the past 12 years Produce for Kids has raised nearly $5 Million to support local and national charities through its retail campaigns. Produce for Kids is continuing its partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and Sprout® TV to help encourage exercise and healthy eating habits through in-store appearances and online branding programs with a variety of Sprout characters.
To help gain awareness for the program, To-Jo will be hosting a joint #FreshGrilling Twitter party with Produce for Kids and Busy Working Mama on May 14th at 9:00 PM to promote the campaign and excite followers about healthy mushroom recipes and the summer grilling season. By driving traffic to participating retail partners like Giant, through a social media partnership, To-Jo can raise additional funds to support the campaign.
Anthony D'Amico, To-Jo's President added, "We are so happy to be participating in this program with Produce for Kids and Giant Landover. Supporting the Get Healthy Give Hope campaign allows To-Jo to educate the community on healthy eating habits for children while generating revenue for Giant's Our Family Foundation. Cause marketing is an important part of To-Jo's mission and we are proud to be part of this year's program."
To-Jo Mushrooms is a 4th generation Grower/Shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms for both the Foodservice and Retail industries. To-Jo grows over 50 million lbs. of White, Brown, and Specialty mushrooms annually, and distributes its full line of fresh mushroom products to over 22 states by its company-owned fleet of vehicles. To-Jo's value-added lines of processed products are distributed nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.
Giant Food of Landover, MD operates 171 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. It employs approximately 20,000 associates within the 171 stores and 155 full service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation's capital on February 6, 1936. Visit www.giantfood.com for more information.
Produce for Kids is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating habits with fresh produce and raises funds for local children's non-profit organizations. Since 2002 Produce for Kids has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit www.produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
Our Family Foundation awarded donations totaling $11.6 million in 2012 to organizations in the local communities with a mission of fighting hunger, improving the lives of children and building healthy communities. Vendors, customers, and associates of Giant Food helped us deliver on our promise to be a better neighbor.
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To-Jo Mushrooms Sponsors Mushroom Drop New Years' Eve in Kennett Square
Kennett Square has likely never been mistaken for Times Square. But on New Year's Eve, the two will have one thing in common: a ball drop.
Only in Kennett, that ball will have a stem.
This year, the borough will hoist a 700-pound stainless steel mushroom - a nod to its acres of fungus fields - and then lower it during a midnight countdown.
Make Room For Mushrooms: Fungi Compete With Meat In Burgers
Check out the latest headline on NPR’s food blog, The Salt: Make Room For Mushrooms: Fungi Compete With Meat In Burgers. The Salt is known for covering emerging food trends. Through links and stories of how experts across the country are using/appreciating mushrooms, this piece demonstrates how the "Trend to Blend" is taking off – and making meals, kids and families healthier along the way.
The article is the result of the Council's integrated Blendability efforts. The reporter heard about the health benefits of mushrooms through news surrounding the Mushrooms & Health Summit, and learned about the Blendability technique while attending one of the Council's foodservice presentations.
Aside from a litany of core Blendability and health messages, a collection of the Council's mushroom ambassadors are mentioned in the story:
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To-Jo Wrapping up 2013 PMA Fresh Summit
October 18-20, 2013: To-Jo recently exhibited at the Produce Marketing Associations Fresh Summit Convention & Expo In New Orleans. The annual show was held October 18th – 20th at the Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center, and is the largest Produce Show in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to the sale and promotion of Fresh Produce. It hosted over 1,000 exhibitors and drew crowds of over 18,000 attendees. To-Jo showcased a variety of mushrooms from its Retail line; including White and Baby Bella Club Packs, Portabella Sliders, Microwavable Mushrooms as well as an assortment of Specialty Mushrooms. The booth gave the sales team an opportunity to engage with To-Jo’s existing customer base and highlight the quality of its products and services to potential Retail partners walking the show floor.
While attending the show To-Jo employee Michael Lamson completed the PMA Foundation Emerging Leaders Program, and was joined by 20 other up and coming industry colleagues for a graduation ceremony during the show. Way to go Mike!
To-Jo also sponsored the Jazz Band at the PMA Foundation 5K Race for Talent held Sunday, October 20th. Proceeds from the event help support the PMA Career Pathways Program which allows College and University students a chance to attend PMA Trade Shows, engage with leaders in the industry, and gain invaluable industry experience through an ongoing mentor program.
The team included President Tony D'Amico, Vice President Joe D’Amico, Account Director’s Paul Frederic and Todd Kostka, and Inside Sales Manager Michael Lamson.
Following the show, To-Jo helped contribute to the over 250,000 lbs. of Fresh Produce that were donated by Exhibitors to the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans by donating the Fresh mushrooms that were used in its Booth display during the show.
To-Jo Mushrooms Bolsters Sales and Marketing Staff
AVONDALE, Pennsylvania (October 18, 2013) To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. announces today that John Cunningham has joined the company as a National Accounts Manager, Julie Petrovick has been promoted to Director of Strategic Plan Implementation, and Peter Wilder has been appointed to Marketing Director at the company.
Mr. Cunningham brings 15 years of sales and management experience to To-Jo from the restaurant equipment and hospitality industries. He will manage To-Jo's existing Food Products customer base and will look to develop new National Accounts that can benefit from To-Jo's full line of processed mushroom products.
"John brings a proven track record and a national perspective on customer-focused selling that will further strengthen our position in the marketplace. We are excited to have him on board as To-Jo continues to grow its business and expand into new territories", said President Anthony D'Amico.
Julie West Petrovick has been promoted to facilitate implementation of the Company's new strategic plan. She will work with the Company's executives coordinating the strategic direction, implementation, and measurement of goals set by management.
In his new role, Mr. Wilder will be responsible for the implementation of an integrated marketing and communications strategy for To-Jo that will guide both the Fresh and Food Products divisions of the company. Mr. Wilder previously served as Business Development Director for To-Jo and will use his 15 years of proven marketing experience to develop and execute To-Jo's new strategy.
Anthony D'Amico, To-Jo's President added, "The addition of Pete to the To-Jo marketing team will enable us to enhance our brand presence and strengthen the value-proposition we can offer to our customers, positioning To-Jo as a strategic partner in the industry."
About To-Jo Mushrooms
To-Jo Mushrooms is 4th generation Grower/Shipper of fresh and prepared mushrooms for both the Foodservice and Retail industries. To-Jo grows over 40 million lbs. of White, Brown, and Specialty mushrooms annually, and distributes its full line of fresh mushroom products to over 22 states by a company-owned fleet of vehicles. To-Jo's value-added lines of processed products are distributed nationally through a wide network of distribution partners.
Team To-Jo donates $3,500 to the March of Dimes
October 4, 2013: The To-Jo Family celebrated a month long effort to raise funds and awareness for the March of Dimes, by hosting a companywide Benefit Walk and Barbeque on its Avondale property.
Over the past month, the To-Jo Culture team has put together a variety of fund raising activities and daily Bake Sales to raise money for this worthy cause. Today was the culmination of their efforts, and with the support of many employees and friends, Team To-Jo was able to present a check for $3,500 to Katelyn Laffey, Community Director for the March of Dimes Southeast PA Division. This generous contribution will help support their ongoing efforts of giving the 17,000 plus premature infants born in Pennsylvania a better chance for a healthy life.
A fun day and good time was had by all.
United Fresh Impact Tour Stops In Avondale
August 27, 2013: The United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) 2013 Summer Fresh Impact Tour included stops in California, Missouri, Wisconsin and the Northeast. As the tour made its way across the Mid-Atlantic region, it stopped in Avondale to visit with AMI and United Fresh members.
United Fresh staff Dave Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology and Miriam Wolk, vice president of membership and marketing visited with growers and suppliers at an informal reception. Topics for discussion included immigration and labor, food safety, increasing produce consumption and the benefits of a United Fresh membership.
With the help of Louise D'Amico and Julie Petrovich, To-Jo Mushrooms, the conference room of the Avondale office was turned into a reception area complete with To-Jo's blendability mushroom meatballs for sampling and platters of hors d'oeurvres and brownies.
To-Jo Welcomes New Director of Marketing
TO-JO FRESH MUSHROOMS NAMES PETROVICK DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
January 31, 2013 (Avondale, PA)
To-Jo Fresh Mushrooms, Inc. announces that Julie West Petrovick has joined the company
as Director of Marketing. In this role, Ms. Petrovick will be responsible for the development and implementation of innovative marketing strategies for both the fresh and food products divisions of the company. She will also be responsible for the company's in-house creative services initiatives.
Prior to joining To-Jo, Ms. Petrovick was the Senior Sales Coordinator for Modern Mushroom Sales Company. During her 14-year tenure at Modern, Julie was the liaison between the farm, customers, and the sales force. She designed and produced marketing collateral for both the food service and retail segments and was instrumental in the development of Modern’s web site and social media efforts. In addition, she wrote and prepared sales analytics, designed and implemented trade show displays, partnered with customers’ IT/software personnel, and performed special project work for senior management.
We are delighted to have Julie join the To-Jo team. She brings a broad combination of marketing skills, operational/financial knowledge and produce experience. We believe she will make a remarkable and immediate impact within our organization,” said Anthony D’Amico, President and fourth-generation leader of To-Jo Mushrooms.
A native of Greensboro, NC and resident of Wilmington, DE, Julie will be based out of To-Jo’s corporate offices in Avondale, PA.
To-Jo Announces Food Safety Advances
June 6, 2011:To-Jo Mushrooms announced today that both its packing and processing plants have attained certification under the SQF 2000 Standard at Level 3, the highest level of compliance. Both To-Jo plants were awarded Excellent (E) ratings by The Steritech Group, a licensed SQF certification body, after scoring over 99.0% on their certification audits. The stringent SQF (Safe Quality Food) standard has been accorded benchmark status by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), an international accreditation program based in Brussels.
To-Jo’s President Anthony D’Amico, the forth-generation family leader of To-Jo Mushrooms stated, “The SQF Level 3 certification is a reflection of our commitment to the continuous improvement of our Food Safety and Food Quality Management Systems. This has been a major opportunity for learning and growth of our entire team, and has involved continuing training and education because all of our employees at every level have a major impact on safety, quality and the ultimate satisfaction of our customers. We are extremely proud to join other SQF-certified suppliers who share our commitment to implementing world-class standards for Food Safety and Food Quality.”
A further indication of the Company complete Food Safety Management Program, To-Jo’s Farms and all its principal mushroom suppliers are certified under the Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) program managed by USDA. The MGAP program requires controls at the mushroom farms over product handling, employee hygiene, farm sanitation, pest management and other areas critical to food safety.
To-Jo hires Director of Business Development
May 10, 2011: To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. announced today that Peter Wilder has joined the company as Director of Business Development. In this role, Peter will be responsible for developing national and emerging restaurant chain sales for the company’s lines of fresh and value added mushroom products.
Mr. Wilder is no outsider to the food/produce industry. Prior to joining To-Jo, he was with the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) as Business Development, Sponsorship and Advertising Sales Manager. In that role, he was instrumental in expanding PMA’s sponsorship and advertising sales through the creation of revenue streams across a portfolio of events working with some of the largest U.S. produce companies. Prior to joining PMA, Wilder spent 15 years as Director of Business Development for the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.
Peter Wilder brings to To-Jo a unique combination of skills and experience in business development. We welcome him to our organization and know he will have a remarkable impact on the development of our national chain account business, said Paul Frederic, To-Jo’s, Senior VP – Sales & Marketing.”
To-Jo lauches new QR Code labeling
May 6, 2011: To-Jo Mushrooms announced today completion of a new label design for selected fresh mushroom packs that incorporates a Quick Response (QR) Code. Consumers can scan the code with their smartphone and then are immediately redirected to the page to-jo.com/meetyourgrowers where they will find a rotating menu of recipes and an overview of To-Jo and its products either by reading the company's history or watching To-Jo's corporate video. It is the most innovative and cutting edge technolog, enabling both producers and retailers to connect with their customers through their products at store level.
To-Jo's President Anthony D'Amico, the fourth-generation family leader of To-Jo Mushrooms stated, "Incorporating the QR code on our labels is an important addition to our Social Media marketing initiative. We have already begun exploring the furture opportunities of the QR code to offer customers even more information in areas such as traceability and promoations; all in the palm of thier hands."
Smartphone users are able to download the application to scan these codes for free through their app store. The label was designed by vendor partner East West Label Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
To-Jo's New Company Video
October 2010:To-Jo has just completed a new corporate video. The HD video tells our story as a 4th Generation Family owned company and also shows you the step by step process involved in producing our mushrooms.
To-Jo Mushrooms Announces Food Safety Advances
June 13, 2010: To-Jo Mushrooms announced today the certification of its packing and processing plants as a Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 2 Food Manufacturer, by the independent certifying body, Steritech, Inc. To-Jo Mushrooms was awarded an Excellent (E) rating of 99.66 %, the highest level of compliance. The SQF standard is the only North American based food safety standard that has been accorded benchmark status by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), an international accreditation program based in Brussels.
To-Jo’s President Anthony D’Amico, the fourth-generation family leader of To-Jo Mushrooms stated, “The SQF Level 2 certification is a reflection of our commitment to the continuous improvement of our Food Safety and Food Quality Management Systems. This has been a major opportunity for learning and growth of our entire team, and has involved continuing training and education because all of our employees at every level have a major impact on safety, quality and the ultimate satisfaction of our customers. We are extremely proud to join other SQF-certified suppliers who share our commitment to implementing world-class standards for Food Safety and Food Quality.”
As a further advancement toward a complete Food Safety Management Program, To-Jo’s Farms and all its principal mushroom suppliers are certified under the Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) program managed by USDA. The MGAP program requires controls at the mushroom farms over product handling, employee hygiene, farm sanitation, pest management and other areas critical to food safety.
To-Jo Mushrooms is a producer/grower of fresh mushrooms including whites, brown and specialty and a processor of value added mushroom products. Distribution to some 28 states of its fresh products is by a company-owned fleet; value added processed products are distributed nationally.
A fourth generation family owned company, To-Jo Mushrooms & its Affiliated Companies are recognized for its commitment to Quality, Innovation and Service while maintaining a legacy of environmental stewardship and food safety. The Company recently was awarded best overall at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show, the 2nd year in a row for this award.
To-Jo Announces New Team Member
Matt Lucovich Joins To-Jo Mushrooms
April 1, 2010 (Avondale, PA): To-Jo announced today that Matt Lucovich has joined the Company as Director of Sales and Marketing. Matt will be responsible for fresh retail and foodservice sales as well as sales of processed products produced by To-Jo Food Products.
Mr. Lucovich is no outsider to the mushroom industry. Prior to joining To-Jo, he was Director of Sales & Marketing for Creekside Mushrooms Ltd. In that role Matt was responsible for the management of Sales, Marketing, Packaging, and Shipping functions. During his 11 year tenure at Creekside, Matt worked in many areas of Creekside’s mushroom operation including growing operations as well as food safety and security functions. In 2005, Matt was named Top 40 under Forty by Produce Business Magazine.
Matt and his family will relocate from Pittsburgh, PA and will work in To-Jo’s corporate offices in Avondale. “Matt brings a unique combination of skills and experience in the mushroom industry to To-Jo and we know he will have an immediate impact on the Company’s programs and sales as well as operational areas where he has substantial expertise,” said Paul Frederic, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing.
Best Overall - 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show
January 8, 2010: Awarded Best Overall in Mushroom category for the second consecutive year.
Advancing Traceability Efforts
October 22, 2009: To-Jo Mushrooms announced today that the company will invest in the SG Systems LLC Traceability & Labeling system to conform to PTI (Produce Traceability Initiative).
The system, which consists of Vantage touch screen cerminals and label printers, will enable incoming product to be labeled with information relating to the Lot Number, Product, Sales Order, Country of Orgin, and GTIN information. As the products are shipped the information is linked back to the incoming Lot Number.
Vice President of Operations, Mike Wood, following a site visit to FreshPoint Dallas where the system is in operation commented, "SG systems is the right company to invest in to meet our case labeling requirements to address the PTI. They have a consultative approach to problem solving which is important to us when choosing a vendor to provide us with the tightest possible traceability in line with PTI. Their system is simple to us and FreshPoint Dallas is very happy with the product."
This installation is the first providing excellent case level traceability. Phase 2 will involve production line portion control to monitor operator productivity and increase weight consistency of our products. Mike Wood commented, "At To-Jo we are commited to staying on the forefront of produce traceability and this system will allow us to do so."
Acquisition of 133 acre site
To-Jo mushrooms acquired a 133 acre site located in Elk Township, PA where the company plans to build a new state-of-the-art growing facility.
Best Overall - 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show
Awarded Best Overall in Mushroom category
Pink Your Mushrooms
Fall 2009: Starting this fall To-Jo Mushrooms will “Pink” mushroom packages to continue supporting breast cancer research. For each package a donation will be made directly to research on breast cancer and mushrooms at City of Hope in Duarte, CA, one of America’s elite Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Together we can make a difference. We hope you will join us in the quest for the cure by carrying pink mushroom packages proudly in your store.
June 23, 2009: Todd Kostka has joined the company in the position of Marketing Analyst. Todd is a recent graduate from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he received a degree from the school’s Academy of Food Marketing. Todd previously held a position at a small out-source marketing firm when he was initially exposed to the world of marketing; outside of the classroom experience. Todd brings new ideas and approaches in the areas of marketing, public relations, and advertising that will be extremely valuable to the company’s success.
June 1, 2009: To-Jo Fresh Mushrooms, Inc and To-Jo Food Products announced today that Alan Parker has joined the company as Director of Technical Services. Parker is a food microbiologist with more than 30 years of food industry experience, specializing in process validation and risk assessment. He will be responsible for creating and expanding programs in food safety and quality, supporting customer relations, and leading technical teams charged with managing the supply chain, enhancing production processes, and developing new products. This move puts both companies at the forefront of the fresh produce industry, enabling them to better use technology to control and enhance their processes, operations, and finished products.
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
April 2009: To-Jo Mushrooms is featured in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ Refrigerated Foods Report: Corporate Profile. The article describes To-Jo’s new product, On-The-Spot Gourmet. The company’s new value-added mushrooms and innovative packaging transform with refrigerated produce aisle. Mushrooms have recently seen an increase in popularity. On-The-Spot Gourmet reinforces the inherent strength of mushrooms, taste and versatility, in a convenient, microwaveable package.
Featured in Fresh Cut magazine
February 2009: To-Jo was featured in Fresh Cut magazine’s issue titled A Year for Recognition. The issue highlights the successful release of To-Jo’s On-The-Spot Gourmet and the awards the product has received. The new line took about a year and a half to develop, refining the flavors and the packaging, and at its introduction was available in four flavors: Caramelized Skillet, Kettle Cooked Portabella, Garlic Butter Sauté, and Marinated Button Mushrooms. The product is marketed alongside fresh and other packaged mushrooms in the refrigerated section of retailers’ produce departments and are the only true value-added mushrooms available in the department.
Joe D'Amico's Passing
January 17, 2009: A respected mushroom industry leader and innovator has died. Joseph J. D’Amico, age 53, passed away after a five year battle with cancer. Joseph started with the family business in 1974 and in 1980 he established To-Jo Mushrooms, named after his two sons Tony and Joe, to pack and distribute fresh mushrooms. Joseph’s legacy is carried on by his two sons that now run the family business. Tony and Joe D’Amico, Jr. have grown To-Jo even further, introducing new products and sustainable programs that retailers are responding to.
November 28, 2008: In an effort to reduce energy usage To-Jo Mushrooms has partnered with EnerNOC, Inc to implement Demand Response; an energy conservation program that reduced stress on the electric power grid during period of high peak demand. Environmental stewardship is a priority at To-Jo and a driving force behind the decision to partner with EnerNOC in their program that conserves energy and makes a positive impact with the community.
2008 Impact Award
October 25, 2008: Today seven produce companies were named the industry’s best packaging innovators by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). To-Jo Mushrooms’ On-The-Spot Gourmet with its innovative and sustainable packaging captured the Impact Packaging Award in the Functionality and Technology category.