2019 at Gourmet Cuisine has been full of many new and exciting changes and improvements. From a new upgrade to our offices to much needed capital improvements, we have been busy. Continuous improvement is in full swing at GCI and will go on well into 2020.
We have a new leader at the helm, Regina Davidson, General Manager. In addition to her previous Plant Controller responsibilities, Regina is now in charge of all day-to-day aspects of GCI. Along with Regina, we are supported at the Corporate level by Mr. Mike Cobern, VP of Purchasing. Both individuals have been with the Company for years and offer a wealth of knowledge and support.
One of the biggest changes that has had a positive impact this year is an increased focus on our Internal Brand Customers. Developing new products, as we all know, is very expensive and time consuming. With the help of the VP of Purchasing at LeDuff America, GCI is working a great deal more with our sister Brands, La Madeleine and Mimi’s, to develop, improve and combine common items and eliminate duplication of resources. This has brought a windfall of new project work to the R & D Department. New Branded retail soups, dressings and fruit spreads, will hit the market place by the end of 2019, or early 2020. We look forward to our new focus and challenges that await us in 2020.
As we wind down 2019 a huge undertaking is finally coming to an end and that is updating all our Retail labels. We started late in 2018 and are now finished, meeting the 2020 deadline. Improvements have included; brighter graphics, enhanced callouts, declarations of sensitizers and of course the new Nutritional Fact Panels. The La Madeleine labels changed the most and they look great. What a nice change to see them in brighter colors with French Flag highlights.
By the time this “What’s Cooking” update is published we will have completed another SQF Audit, updated our software system and finished the 2020 budget. Those ae the easy parts as they say! Now all we must do is achieve excellence and pursue perfection! No problem…….
Happy Holidays to all our friends, families and future Customers. May the time be safe and restful.
Director/Corporate Chef of Research and Development