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C O M PA N Y P R O F I L E

going on, " Vacanti said. " Our next big push from
an R&D front is in plant-based. As a 140-year-old
German sausage company, who would have
thought we'd be looking at an all-plant product,
but the category is gaining traction and we've
been working on developing our own matrix for
the past year. We're just getting to the point now
where we're comfortable with what we have that
we'll soon be putting it into smallscale production to make sure it can
run through our processes. "
Performance, Packaged
There is also a line of
frozen breakfast bowls in the
works as well as other sausage
line extensions.

for a type of sausage and ask Zweigle's to do
the formulating.
They can run samples as small as 5 lbs to as
large as a 600-lb run on the production floor.
Reactive R&D - responding to
customer requests - is just one side of
product development.
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PANDEMIC EFFECTS
While the coronavirus (COVID-19)
wasn't the first pandemic Zweigle's
survived - the company was
into its second generation when
the 1918 Spanish flu plagued the
United States - it still took its toll
on operations, as it did with the
entire meat industry.
" On the retail front we had
to temporarily suspend the
production of several items just to
focus on the items that we could
get through the facility with the
most throughput, " Vacanti said.
" Because demand on the retail
side was so accelerated, up front
we saw a 220%, 230% increase in
orders going out. Then it settled
back into the 50% to 60% range and
now it is still bumped up about 15%
to 20% over our usual numbers.
" Obviously on the foodservice
side, it was just the opposite. We
saw 70% to 80% contraction up front
when restaurants abruptly closed
down in New York. Now we're
running in the 25% to 30% range. "
Salva added, " We're a small
company, so we're nimble. We
pride ourselves on being able to
service our customers and give
them what they're looking for. "
As a small processor, the
company was able to quickly
adjust its product mix and
production schedules.


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