About

It’s a Family Thing

“When my grandfather, Frank Vignieri, borrowed $35 from my grandmother’s cookie jar to start a meat packing company in 1936, he couldn’t have imagined what that investment would turn into.”

Dennis Vignieri, President/CEO

It’s a Family Thing

“When my grandfather, Frank Vignieri, borrowed $35 from my grandmother’s cookie jar to start a meat packing company in 1936, he couldn’t have imagined what that investment would turn into.”

 

Dennis Vignieri, President/CEO

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Partnership

Partnership

Our customer-centered approach to business has established long-standing relationships in foodservice and retail industries.

Safety

Safety

We maintain an exceptional product safety track record while providing a supportive and safe working environment.

Excellence

Excellence

This is reflected in the highest quality products and the best possible service to our clients.

Integrity

Integrity

We are committed to upholding professional ethics, integrity and honesty in every facet of operation.

Innovation

Innovation

We are continually investing in new product development and process improvements.

Collaboration

Collaboration

We provide every customer with customized solutions to their unique and evolving challenges.

  • "Birchwood is a reliable supplier to our system. Very responsive and easy to work with. A very important product in our system, we don’t have to worry about Birchwood to handle our needs."

    Birchwood Foods Customer
  • "Birchwood has always been competitive in pricing. Birchwood has the ability to ship the minimum quantities where other suppliers do not. This is why Birchwood continues to be sole supplier."

    Birchwood Foods Customer
  • "Birchwood Foods provides outstanding product knowledge and industry experience to them."

    Birchwood Foods Customer
  • "Birchwood has always been the preferred product when any competitive cuttings have been completed. We feel this is because we have worked together for a number of years and they have really dialed in the performance of the product. We feel competitors cannot meet the necessary product attributes in one or two cuttings."

    Birchwood Foods Customer

We Take Stress off Your Plate

At Birchwood Foods, food safety is our number one priority. We strive to produce food products not only for your family, but ours, too. Each of our plants is GFSI certified under the BRC auditing scheme, undergoes regular audits and inspections by our customers and receives the highest scores available. Within our process we have numerous controls to ensure accurate and consistent products are produced. This begins by selecting supplier partners who share our dedication and commitment to food safety and quality. We believe in full transparency, with a primary goal to produce safe, high quality food for you and your customers.

 

See it in action

Delivery You Can
Depend On

To ensure product quality and availability, we assign a customer service representative to every account and have three processing plants linked to a national distribution network.

Kenosha Manufacturing Facility

Corporate Headquarters
  • Fresh & Frozen Ground Beef Patties
  • Culinary Café
  • Pilot Production Area
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Columbus
Manufacturing Facility

  • Fully Cooked Taco Meat
  • Cooked Proteins and Entrees
  • R&D Test Kitchen
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Atlanta Manufacturing Facility

  • Fresh & Frozen Ground Beef Patties
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Meet Our Executive Team

  • Wayne has been with Birchwood Foods since 2005. He started as Director of Foodservice and Industrial Sales, where he was responsible for respective sales channels, and became Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2012. Prior to joining Birchwood Foods, Wayne held Product Management roles with emphasis on National Foodservice/Retail accounts.

    Wayne Wehking VP Sales & Marketing

  • Dennis has been with Birchwood Foods since 1978. Prior to becoming President and CEO in 1993, he was President of Birchwood Transport and continues to hold that position. He has been a member of the Kenosha Beef International Board of Directors since 1984. Dennis is a past Chairman of the North American Meat Association (NAMI) and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.

    Dennis Vignieri PRESIDENT/CEO

  • Jerry has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance. Prior to joining Birchwood Foods, Jerry was an Audit Manager with an accounting firm in Milwaukee, WI. He joined Birchwood Foods in 1989, named Chief Financial Officer and Vice President in 1993, and has been a member of the Kenosha Beef International Board of Directors since 1991.

    Jerry King CFO

  • Ottavio “John” Ruffolo started his career with Birchwood Foods in 1980. He has 35 years of experience in operation management. John has held numerous positions in the company and in 2002 was promoted to his current title. He is responsible for overseeing procurement and our three processing facilities.

    Ottavio “John” Ruffolo Executive Vice President of Operations and Procurement

  • Mike has been with Birchwood Foods since 1984. He has held a number of positions within the company including Managing Director of BioSource Fuels LLC, Director of operations for Kenosha Rendering LLC, and Vice President of Birchwood Transport Inc. Mike currently provides leadership with the day to day transportation, logistics and warehousing efforts. Mike is the current Chairman of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association.

    Mike Marquardt VP of Birchwood Transport

  • Phyllis has been with Birchwood Foods since 1997. With over 29 years of experience in Human Resources and Safety Management, Phyllis is responsible for recruiting and training personnel, as well as fostering company policies and procedures. Phyllis is also a member of the Employment Labor and Safety Committee for the National American Meat Institute.

    Phyllis Murray VP HR & Safety