Ohlson’s food manufacturing customers come in all shapes, sizes, and industry segments – from produce manufacturers packaging lettuce or apples to snack and candy companies. However, one of the most unique and rewarding projects we’ve worked on over the years has been the support we’ve given to Breedlove Foods in Lubbock, TX.
Breedlove is a commercial-sized nonprofit food processor dedicated to humanitarian aid – a cause which has become even more crucial as people around the world struggle to adapt to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In operation since 1994, Breedlove develops and produces domestic and international food products, shipping it to areas of need – including hunger-stricken communities around the globe, areas affected by natural disaster or war, and other areas (including local U.S. communities) where people are experiencing hunger or food shortage. Supporting communities across the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world, the company has produced more than 2 billion servings of food for those in need.
Breedlove first connected with Ohlson in 2011. Since then, we’ve worked with them to deliver multi-head weighers, vertical form fill seal bagging machines, and other equipment to help Breedlove expand to meet its growing production needs – and make sure that the money they raise does as much good as humanly possible.
“We really appreciate what Ohlson has been able to do for us,” said Bill Miller, Breedlove CEO. “The weighers and baggers have been a big part in our ability to increase in productivity and production capability. Since we worked with Ohlson, we have moved from producing around 200,000 meal servings daily to near 2,000,000.”
Breedlove has been able to make such a large impact because of its unique product design featuring easy-to-prepare dehydrated meals. The meals have a 24-month shelf life, and because 90% of the water has been removed, they provide more servings per weight, per package. Preparation only requires water and around 30 minutes of cooking time.
“Right now, there are many people who are struggling to put food on the table,” says John Ohlson, President of Ohlson Packaging. “Breedlove is a great company with a great cause.”
The work Breedlove has been doing has become even more important as communities everywhere deal with the impact of COVID-19, sending out more than 10.3 million servings of food in response to the pandemic.
“All of the meals we make go to domestic and international food relief,” Miller says. “There is a huge demand out there compounded by the COVID-19 crisis.”
Breedlove’s food is being delivered to people both in the U.S. and around the world through it’s various partnerships – including food relief distribution agencies such as Catholic Charities and Meals On Wheels, as well as state food banks and other resources for those in need.
If you are interested in helping support Breedlove’s mission by making a financial donation, or learning more about the organization, you can use the link below:
(This link will open in a new window)