Back in 1987, Jeff Thom, CEO of All American Foods, started out with only a couple of employees in a rented warehouse that had formerly been the old Kayot pontoon building. Over the next 10 years, Thom’s company went from renting one plant to constructing and operating three manufacturing facilities across their 14 acre Mankato campus. In 2000, the company acquired its fourth production facility in Waseca.
Today, the company consists of a combined 250,000 square feet between both their Mankato and Waseca sites, as well as an increase in employment to approximately 50.
Even with 27 years of growth, President Rod Mitchell believes the challenge of All American Foods lies in describing to the general public, what it is they do.
“Nobody really knows what it is we do here because you can’t go to a store and pull a product off of the shelf with our name on it,” Mitchell said. “We are a food ingredient manufacturer. So if you go and look at the ingredients within different foods, I’d be willing to bet you’ve probably eaten one of our products every single day without even knowing it.”
All American Foods has been in the business of customized development, processing and packaging of dried, co-dried, and dry blended ingredients. The company can mix, chop, liquid spray, plate colors, flavors, oils and pastes into an application specifically designed to their client’s dairy needs.
“We build food ingredients including milk products strictly for the application in which they are used,” said Chad Anderson, director of sales for All American Foods.
“For instance, standard dairy commodity ingredients offer a one size fits all approach. Our Pro Mix ingredient line only consists of components that offer functional and nutritional value to our customers. Often when food manufacturers purchase standard commodities, they are typically buying and paying for components that offer no value. Our customers simply buy what brings them value and that is how our Pro Mix ingredient line has become so beneficial to our customers.”