Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelming Ratify First Contract

More than 230 workers at Reinhart Food Service represented by Teamsters Local Union 653 ratified a first contract, voting by a 2 to 1 margin to approve the collective bargaining agreement.

The workers voted to join Local 653 in April 2013 following the third attempt by the union to organize the drivers and warehouse workers. The other two organizing campaigns occurred prior to Reinhart acquiring the workers’ original employer, Agar Supply. Entering negotiations the unit wanted to improve wages, healthcare and job security at Reinhart.

“When Reinhart came in, management started to arbitrarily change everything without consulting the workers,” said Sean Walsh, a 22-year employee and member of the negotiating committee. “It created a lot of uncertainty. People lost their jobs; wages were changed without warning. With this contract, I finally feel we have some real security. It was a huge weight off my mind.” Local 653’s efforts were backed by support from Teamsters Joint Council 10 in Manchester, N.H., and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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Sid Wainer & Son To Celebrate 100 Years With Public Event

Sid Wainer & Son of New Bedford, Mass., will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Gourmet Outlet at 2301 Purchase St. in New Bedford on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include a book signing by Karen Covey, author of “The Coastal Table: Recipes Inspired by the Farmlands and Seaside of Southern New England.” There also will be opportunities to meet the Sid Wainer chefs and to learn recipes that incorporate Sid Wainer & Son’s exclusive Jansal Valley products.

“As we hit our 100th anniversary, we wanted to express our thanks to the community and to our employees,” said Allie Wainer, the fourth generation to join the company. “They are really why we are here today.” According to Ms. Wainer, 20 percent of Sid Wainer & Son employees have been with the company for more than 10 years. The Gourmet Outlet was started by Sid Wainer & Son to make fresh produce and specialty food items available to the public. The company views the Gourmet Outlet as a way to support the community, interact directly with family and friends, and to test-market new items.

In addition to produce, Sid Wainer & Son offers cheese and specialty foods to more than 25,000 restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers and caterers, both domestically and internationally.

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Manufacturers Assn. Recognizes Gordon Food Service & Reinhart Food Service

The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) announced the winners of the eighth annual Distributor Awards. The awards acknowledge distributor leadership and overall excellence within the food service industry. The winners will be celebrated at Presidents Conference, Nov. 2-5, 2014, co-hosted by IFMA and the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA).

Gordon Food Service will receive the IFMA Excellence in Distribution Award, which recognizes a corporate or independent distribution organization that has demonstrated excellence in the categories of management and leadership, customer relations, supplier relations and industry-community contributions. Reinhart Foodservice will receive the IFMA Distributor Sales & Marketing Performance Award, which recognizes a single independent distributor or an individual operating company of a distributor with multiple locations that has demonstrated successful planning and execution of creative sales and marketing.

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Latest Word in Food Service...

The Mass. Restaurant Assn. (MRA) announced late last week its selections to its Hall of Fame Dinner, Oct. 29 at the World Trade Center in Boston. They are: David Celuzza, Slattery’s Restaurant, Fitchburg, Mass.; Joe Thibert, TriMark United East, South Attleboro, Mass.; John Grady, Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub, Woburn, Mass.; David Colella, The Colonnade Hotel, Boston; and Kathy Murphy, MRA, Southborough, Mass.

• Cape Cod Restaurant Week will run Monday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 19. During this weeklong event the top chefs on the Cape will feature three- and four-course menus for a steal at $25, $30 or $35. As of Sept. 26, 35 restaurants will be participating.

• Soft Stuff Distributors will host its ninth annual food show Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Preston Court, Md., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Soft Stuff Distributors supplies ice cream, soups, bagels, breads, cakes, pastry and dessert items, wraps, frozen dough, muffins and muffin batters, quiche, hors d’ oeuvres, and more.

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