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Cola Foods employs 28
workers. So far during
the pandemic, the meat
processor has only had to
shut down for one day.

just doesn't happen, but sub shops are used to
delivering that way."
And at a time like this delivering for those
customers also goes a long way. Gio talked
about how important fielding calls from
customers any day of the week is for their
small business.
"Let's face it, at a small company like this,
every customer matters to us," he said of their
clients. "It's like we really care, you know,
my father gets phone calls, I get phone calls.
We all get phone calls on the weekend - on
Saturday and Sunday. Even if it's 1 lb of sausage,
somebody needs to do what's needed because
it's all about the relationship you build. I can
remember my dad telling me a long time ago,
'remember you're nothing without them' and
that just always stuck in my head forever."

UPDATED OPERATIONS
Cola Foods' operation consists of 10,000 square
feet including their office space.
The company estimated that it produces
about 9,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs of shaved steak
a day and 2,000 lbs of sausage, including a
variety of chicken sausage offerings.
"We've sold a tremendous amount of
shaved steak from March through July and
August. Even now we've shipped out a couple
of truckloads and it's really not seasonally the
time of the year for shaved steak," said Dave
Meyer, head of business development for Cola
Foods. "It's the time of year for grilling, but
with shaved steak, it was a convenience item."

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Meyer explained that shaved steak,
especially, was comfort food for people
even though the summer months are usually
reserved for having hamburgers and hot dogs.
"Now we're really coming into that time
of the year from like September to March,
so hopefully we're going to build on that and
just grow off some inefficiencies that COVID
caused," Meyer said.
Before the pandemic, the company saw
more demand toward chicken products
including shaved chicken, chicken sausage and
chicken patties. Cola's made its name on red
meat through the years, but they cannot deny
that even shaved chicken, which is big with
their clients in Philadelphia, is on the rise.
Some new equipment was recently installed
by Cola, including a Razorback Model R slicer
that is expected to slice about 1,200 lbs an hour
that can weigh and slice at the same time.
Also, the company invested in a grinding
system and patty forming system that can make
chicken patties or traditional hamburgers.
With these upgrades and an updated
headquarters, Cola Foods feels primed for the
future. After all the experiences of the last
few months, it hopes its agility to get to the
customer will help them with competitors for a
long time to come.
"I have to say we were pretty nimble, and we
were able to supply these people where other
people weren't," Meyer said. "And hopefully on
the other side of this, we can call some of those
cards in and create more business."


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