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its minor league baseball team - the Rochester
Red Wings.
" We have such a strong brand position in
this market that, for the most part, if there's
a hot dog on the menu, it's going to be ours, "
Vacanti said.
Foodservice accounts for around 15% to
20% of Zweigle's business - although it did drop

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to around 13% in 2020 due to the pandemic
when foodservice sales everywhere declined.

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Zweigle's has had four plant expansions at its
current location on Plymouth Avenue. The
building the company took over in 1968 was
previously owned by Schrader Meat Packing
and was originally built in the
1940s. The current facility is 80,000
square feet.
The first expansion on the
original plant was done to provide
a higher level of food safety -
dividing the plant's operations into
a raw side and a separate fully
cooked side.
" That really took us to where
we could entertain co-pack and
private label agreements with
customers, " Salva said. " We now
had [in 2005] a fairly state-ofthe-art facility with regard to
temperature control, pressure
control, air sanitation, that really
set us apart from others, and
made us able to go out and start
producing non-branded products. "
Next, there was a warehouse
expansion that allowed finished
product to be stored in-house
instead of at a third-party
warehouse off-site.
In 2015, Zweigle's built what
Salva refers to as its " Field of
Dreams " expansion. " If we build it,
they will come, " he said.
This expansion incorporated
a new spiral oven cooking system
with the ability to chill or freeze
with CO2 prior to packaging. The
addition provided the opportunity
for new product development -
namely the addition of its line of
fully cooked chicken products
and meatballs.
" This gave us more product
development flexibility, " Salva said,
" and took us out of the complete
seasonality of hot dog production. "
The company now offers a line
of organic precooked meatballs
under its Mama Camardo brand


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