Brief History of Our Company
Sam Freda (right), principal founder of C & F Packing Company, came to the United States from Italy at the age of nine in 1920. He began his career in the
meat business in 1931. Later, from a converted garage on Chicago’s
West Side, C & F Packing was born and began serving the
Chicago area with high quality meats.
Since these early beginnings, C & F Packing Company has grown
into one of the largest
independent producers in the country of custom private label sausage
products, meat toppings and fillings. In 1986, the company
built and moved to its first state-of-the-art facility to specialize
in cooked pizza toppings. C & F has continued to
grow with the construction of a new 120,000 square-foot plant
that was completed in 2001. This revolutionary plant is part of the
next generation of food facilities that completely separates raw
product operations from cooked product operations. This ensures the
safety and quality of our products.
The new building incorporates an innovative refrigeration and
ventilation system that dedicates separate rate of supply and return
air systems to both raw and cooked operations. Employees who handle
raw product are separated from those who handle cooked product, with
separate washroom facilities, break-rooms and amenity areas.
A sanitary walk-on ceiling separates processing and maintenance
operations by creating space above all the production areas. In
addition, the ceiling also addresses a major area for bacteria
growth by eliminating vertical pipe runs.
At the heart of our operation is a computerized grinding and
processing system that ensures consistent high quality products
C & F’s facility also includes a pilot kitchen that is open to our
customers on a reserved basis for use in conjunction with our
Product Development and Quality Assurance departments. This
means that our customers are able to work with us to develop
signature items or to experiment on a new concept.
F has incorporated low emission natural gas engines into the
produce the electricity requirements for operations. This provides a
consistent and clean supply of electrical power and assures that no
power outages will affect the product quality and flow.
As we approach the future, C & F plans to continue growing by staying
true to a simple principle that has served us well over the years.
“Give the customer what they want.”