Allens wants everyone to eat their vegetables. Allens produces frozen breaded vegetable products along with southern-style frozen vegetables. All the company's products are manufactured at two plants in Georgia, following the 2012 sale of four frozen vegetable processing plants in New York and Wisconsin to the North American arm of France's Bonduelle S.A. The sale included brands such as Chill Ripe and Garden Classic. Post sale, Arkansas-based Allens is returning to its roots by focusing on southern-style fare. Founded in 1926 as Allens Canning Co., Allens remains a family-owned and -operated business, albeit a much smaller one.
Allens' vegetables are grown and packed in North America. The company has manufacturing plants in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
In March 2012, Allens sold four of its six frozen vegetable operations to the North American arm of France's Bonduelle. The sale impacted approximately 400 employees at plants in Bergen, New York; Oakfield, New York; Brockport, New York; and Fairwater, Wisconsin, all of which were sold. The sale also included the Chill Ripe brand and the frozen Garden Classics brands, as well as a license to use certain brand names owned by Allens in the frozen business for a limited time.
The sale was designed to position Allens for growth by allowing it to focus on its core competencies: canned, and Southern-style frozen vegetables. To further focus on these two product categories, Allens invested in growing its expertise, capabilities, and capacity at its operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. The company also invested in technology, equipment, and other resources to enable it to bring quality products to market faster and meet growing demand.
The company has begun making value-added products. It introduced a line of canned side dishes with traditional Southern roots in 2010 -- the Southern Style brand of Hoppin' John, Seasoned Black Beans, Seasoned Blackeye Peas, Seasoned Cabbage, Seasoned Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, and Turnip Greens. The products reflect Allens' committment to its Southern customers, as well as the national consumers' growing interest regional offerings.
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