Lakeside Foods

808 Hamilton St, Manitowoc, WI 54220

Lakeside Foods is a leading international processor of a diverse line of nutritious food products, with 14 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio. The company began as a small pea canning plant in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and its longevity is a testimony to the spirit of enterprise and teamwork of many dedicated people who helped shape our company for more than 135 years. We work closely with our farmers to ensure the freshest quality food for our customers, and our plants meet the industry’s most stringent food safety guidelines. Lakeside is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace, welcomes employees of all backgrounds, and offers flexible and supportive workplaces. The company has a long history of supporting charitable endeavors, and uses natural resources so they not only meet the needs of today, but the needs of future generations as well.

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2.8

Overall Excellence Rating

Industry

Farming Ranching & Forestry

Category

Crop Production

ESG/Ethical Impact

Lakeside Foods has pioneered sustainable food production since its founding in 1887, long before the rest of the industry made it a priority. From our early partnership with the University of Wisconsin to improve seed varieties, to collaboration with farmers on crop rotation, to reducing water and energy use in our operations, we’re mindful of our responsibility to the environment. Our goal is to make food production as sustainable as possible while ensuring all people have access to quality, nutritious food. Precision Fertility Application: We work with our growers to employ GPS systems to optimize planting, cultivating and spraying. The technology helps farmers improve soil quality, utilize every acre, reduce chemical application by eliminating overlap, and maximize crop yield. They also utilize farming practices that reduce soil compaction, mitigate soil erosion and save fuel. Nutrient Optimization: Soil samples are sent to a lab for analysis to determine farmland nutrient levels, and our growers use the results to minimize fertilization application. We also continuously test new and improved varieties of seeds to increase yield and quantity and reduce the need for chemical additives. We partner with our packaging suppliers on the latest innovations available and attend industry seminars to stay informed of more eco-friendly packaging options. We share these insights with our private label customers and work with them to analyze the benefits of myriad packaging designs for food products and weigh these factors against shelf-life considerations and consumer preferences for convenience and portability. At all of our plants and distribution centers, we prioritize reducing energy demands while controlling customer costs. Battery-operated forklifts reduce air pollution, air doors maximize freezer temperature control, and energy-efficient lighting and motion sensors reduce electricity needs. We recapture heat from boiler exhaust to use in our food processing operations, and piping insulation helps reduce heat loss. Recently, we replaced aging lighting fixtures with LED fixtures in our plants, warehouses and parking lots; installed variable frequency drive systems on boiler fans and pumps; and updated compressed air equipment to minimize leakage. These projects reduced plant energy use, qualified for energy rebates and improved the power capability of our equipment.

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Awards Received

2023

Revenues

$340,000,000.00

Website Traffic

Employee Rating

3.3

Customer Rating

3.6

Company Size

1000-5000

ESG Risk Rating

3

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