Commercial Creamery Changes Up Product Mix for Shift in Retail Sales

Commercial Creamery Company is a
specialty food manufacturing company headquartered in Spokane with production
operations in Jerome, Idaho. From humble roots over 100 years ago (founded
1908) Commercial Creamery has continued to evolve and innovate in the food
industry. Today we are a thriving company with over 130 employees and sales
throughout the USA and exports to over 20 countries worldwide.

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As a mature company with strong
roots, we have seen many economic and political uncertainties in our history
and have adapted to meet changing demands. We also have the blessing of
manufacturing food products that are a part of the everyday consumers diet. Ted
Lingard, President of Commercial Creamery commented, “Our products are
ingredients primarily for shelf-stable items at the grocery store. In early
2020, there was a major consumer shift toward longer-term food storage given
the uncertainty of availability, along with the concern of even being able to
get out of lockdown to go to a grocery outlet.” The effects of COVID changed
the consumers everyday eating habits. Food Service consumption plummeted while
retail grocery sales skyrocketed. We were able to quickly change our product
mix to meet the increased demands for retail ‘comfort’ food items and easy-to-make,
at-home meals for work-at-home families. With a changing customer demand, we
significantly increased sales in 2020 over the previous year.

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Building on this success, we
purchased new packaging machinery in 2020 for future demand. Fortunately,
previous to 2020, we had expanded our plant footprint and added production
equipment in 2019. According to William Gilmartin, VP of Quality and
Engineering in Jerome Idaho, “The new equipment was used almost immediately to
fill the increased demand in 2020, in fact, we are already looking at the
potential for further expansion again in the near future.”

William is part of the fourth
generation of Gilmartins to own and operate Commercial Creamery. Mike
Gilmartin, the current third-generation Company CEO, is retiring in Fall 2021
which will start the transition to fourth-generation leadership. Ted Lingard,
the Company’s first non-family Board Member, will be taking over as
President/CEO in October to guide the company through the generational
transition. “Ted has been instrumental in reshaping Commercial Creamery for the
transition to the fourth generation owners and will help ensure a very bright
future for the Company,” said Mike.

Article Source: Greater Spokane