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Pine Valley Foods
niche that was product fundraising," he recalls. "When I left,
the inspiration [for me] was to concentrate on that market
with an innovative product."
Today, Pine Valley's products are primarily sold through
a national network of 300 distributors to local groups, including schools and leagues. "[They] fill that need with a
product sale," Giildenzopf says, noting that a percentage of
the sales go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We're humbled to be a partner with them."
The cookie dough product appeals to consumers looking
for products with all natural ingredients, Giildenzopf says.
"It's a scoop-and-bake product packaged in a stand-up, receivable pouch," he says. "There's nothing like it in the category of refrigerated grocery products."

Branching Out
Pine Valley is making the move into the retail and foodservice markets. This required the company to complete research about the markets and its future competitors.
After doing so, Pine Valley decided to make itself "relevant to buyers in those markets, which was motivation in
our new product development," Giildenzopf recalls. This included the addition of its stand-up pouch packaging, which
will distinguish it in the market.
Pine Valley also had to make changes at its manufacturing
plant in West Monroe. The facility had not achieved certification for SQF Level 2 standards.
"We recognized the need for that, particularly in the
foodservice channel," Giildenzopf says, noting that the process of converting the facility took a year.
"Fortunately, we passed with flying colors," he recalls.
"Not only does that equip us with a new credential, but it
assures the customers and manufacturers that the product is
not only good tasting, but also safe."
The company is currently showing its cookie dough product to major grocery retailers across the country. "I'm literally in front of multiple retailers and wholesalers in the retail
space every single week," Giildenzopf says.
"I'm also doing the same on the foodservice side," he continues. "We're making headway with US Foods and large,
multi-unit restaurant chains are buying and selling the
product."

its products. "Without any solicitation, customers have
found us," Giildenzopf says. "We do sell a fair amount
from that store."

A Skilled Staff
Giildenzopf is proud of Pine Valley's staff, which has a low
turnover rate. "We have plenty of people that have been
with the company in excess of 10 years," he says.
The company often recruits based on experience. If the
job requires a manufacturing, warehouse or customer service background, "We look locally in the northeast Louisiana area where the plant is located," Giildenzopf says. "But
if the jobs require specific skill sets, those are found outside
of the area."
But Pine Valley is ready to enhance its employees' skills
with training. For example, "If you aspire to be a forklift
driver, we have a regimen for a training process through
which you graduate and receive that certification before
[taking on] that new position," he says.
Giildenzopf sees more growth ahead for Pine Valley. "I
intend to maximize the physical plant by filling it up," he
says, noting that this will help the company as it branches
out into retail and foodservice. O

Essential Assets
Technology plays an important role in Pine Valley's business, Giildenzopf says. "It's a necessity to streamline the
operation, ensure quality standards, communicate with customers, and be relevant online and with social media," he
describes. "It permeates most everything we do, from the
plant floor to the customer interactions."
This includes an online store where people can buy
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