2015 & Beyond

  • AFP’s reputation for convenience, service and outstanding qualities have resulted in strong sales growth. With over 400 employees and a total shipping volume of 160,000 metric tons per year, we have the size and experience to meet any need.
  • New name, new impetus: Groupe Bongrain SA changes its name to become Savencia Fromage & Dairy. The new identity symbolizes the Groups unique range of flavors and specialties, its ever innovating know how and its international ambition.

2012

  • New Holland, PA Manufacturing Facility: BRC Certified to meet requirements for the Global Standard of Food Safety
  • Clear Lake, WI  Manufacturing Facility: BRC Certified to meet requirements for the Global Standard of Food Safety

2011

  • Visalia, CA Manufacturing Facility: BRC Certified to meet requirements for the Global Standard of Food Safety

2007

  • New Flavor Ingredient line added to Clear Lake Facility

2006

  • Capital investment to install Form/Fill/Seal pouch machine in Clear Lake Facility

2003

  • Capital investment made to increase the hot fill rate at the Clear Lake Facility

2002

  • Capital investment was made to increase #10 process system capacity at the Clear Lake Facility

2001

  • Bongrain SA and Land O’Lakes combined their activities as a joint venture in North America related to aseptic products to form AFP advanced food products llc
  • Products include cheese sauces, beverages and puddings
  • Change yielded a joint venture in which Bongrain SA has controlling interests
  • Added capability for dispenser pouch business and upgrades to the new Tetra line and Hassia line giving AFP more aseptic packaging capabilities than any other aseptic food company in the industry

1992

  • Ready-To-Drink beverage line started producing weight management drinks, gradually diversifying into coffee products and nutritional beverages
  • Form/Fill/Seal pouch line was installed to produce cheese sauce in flexible pouches
  • Major Smith and Real Fresh in Visalia, CA were consolidated into the Aseptic Food Group to create a competitive advantage and more business opportunities

1988

  • Bongrain bought Real Fresh, Inc. from the Graves family in California, launching the Visalia Facility.
    • Real Fresh® was a pioneer and leader in aseptic packaging, starting in 1952 and producing the first milk product in sterilized can that was truly shelf stable
    • Major Smith, Inc. produced pudding in #10 cans and 9oz. cans and single serve snack cup

1983

  • Pudding and cheese departments were separated into two operating divisions of Zausner Foods, known as Major Smith and Fleur de Lait Foods

1978

  • Zausner Foods Corp. was sold to a French Corporation, Groupe Bongrain SA
  • The New Holland plant was extensively renovated; cream cheese operations and aseptic operations greatly expanded
  • Production of cottage cheese was discontinued

1973

  • Developed an entirely new aseptic package
  • Merger between Zausner Foods Corp. and East Smithfield Farms resulted in the cream cheese operation doubling

1972

  • Growing public interest in aseptically canned puddings in individual serving cans

1967

  • Merger of Tuxedo Foods Company with Zausner Foods Corp. resulted in many private label cottage cheese customers

1965

  • Disastrous fire razed the New Holland facility
  • New and expanded cheese processing facility was constructed

1963

  • Invested in an aseptic milk processing and packaging system

1951

  • Launched aseptic technology

1940

  • AFP advanced food products llc New Holland Plant, known then as Zausner Foods Corp., was expanded to include manufacturing facilities for making powdered milk, condensed milk and cream as a by-product
  • Product mix changed and dairy product brokerage was added