Fairbault Foods - Canning your beans
June 21, 2005
"Most of them are from Northarvest," says Randgaard, who oversees the purchase of dry beans from throughout the United States. Randgaard has a long association with Minnesota-North Dakota. At one time he managed the Agri-Sales plant in Northwood, N.D., and served as an agronomist at Olivia, Minn.
Tour the Faribault Foods canning facility and you can quickly appreciate why quality is so important to canners. Beans move constantly and quickly from cleaners, sorters, soakers and cookers until they end up in a can wrapped in a label and ready for the grocery store shelf.
Faribault Foods was founded in 1895 as a vegetable cannery. It entered the dry bean business through a number of acquisitions including Kuner's (1983), Mrs. Grimes (1988), ShariAnn's (1997) and Sun Vista 2001. Today, the company has a full line of baked beans, refried beans, plain-sauced beans and organics.
Fairbault Foods also has developed several new dry bean products to match today's consumers tastes and current food trends. It's Black Beans with Cumin and Chili Spices is popular in chilies and dips. Its Pinto Beans are flavored with a touch of garlic and are often used to make "from scratch" refried beans. Its Refried Beans with Corn Chilies and Bar-B-Q Sweet Beans are among the tastiest and healthiest side dish products in the marketplace today.
"We think the variety and quality of our bean product line is unmatched in the marketplace," says Randgaard.