Beginning as a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, milk products manufacturer in 1940, and originally called Zausner Foods Corporation, AFP revolutionized its capabilities as a dairy foods business in 1951 when it launched use of cutting-edge low-acid aseptic technology.
In the early 1960s, the company began to transition, investing in an entire system that could process and package milk safely and efficiently. After a disastrous fire razed the Pennsylvania facility, a new and expanded cheese plant was constructed, and for approximately a decade, the company capitalized on markets for cottage cheese and cream cheese. Mergers with Tuxedo Foods Company and East Smithfield Farms changed the dynamics for the growing dairy company, as did emergent public interest in canned puddings and shelf-safe products.
Beginning in 1978, as French ownership by Groupe Bongrain (today Savencia) allowed the company to expand further, various product lines and packaging options were introduced—including beverages and flexible pouches. The company purchased the Real Fresh® brand, a shelf-stable dairy leader, in 1988, consolidating with pudding brand Major Smith in 1992. The Visalia, California, plant also opened during this era, advancing production capabilities and West Coast competitive advantage.
In 2001, the enterprise became AFP advanced food products llc—with real efforts to streamline the company into its niche as a producer of low-acid aseptically packaged products—focused on cheese sauces, puddings and beverages. Clear Lake, Wisconsin, offered AFP a northern plant opportunity, with multiple capital investments bringing new form-fill-seal technology and increasing production capacities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We continuously evaluate and improve our food production processes to ensure we are contributing to a better environment. As a company, we work to benefit others economically, socially and environmentally. Our system works for overall effectiveness, striving to enhance safe production volume while supporting the environment.
Good stewardship goes all the way to our parent company, Savencia Fromage & Dairy. They are committed to a sustainable, ethical and solidary world. Savencia’s goal is to create better food that serves the common good and mobilizes for sustainable development around its vocation “Leading the way to better food.” Initiatives include providing healthy, delicious and responsible eating. Fostering employee well-being and solidarity. Codeveloping sustainable agriculture. And reducing our environmental footprint.
BPA non-intent materials
Increase purchases of recycled materials for #1 and #2 packaging mediums
Corrugate from our operation is compacted and recycled
Paperboard is made from 100% recycled material
Corrugate is made from 47% recycled materials
100% recyclable or biodegradable packs for branded products by 2025
Global Corporate Social Responsibility Planted 7,500 trees in 2019
Ongoing sustainability improvements 100% recyclable steel
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