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Sno Pac Foods – Organic since 1943

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Sno Pac Foods

CALEDONIA, Minn. — The Gengler family and its Sno Pac Foods Inc., founded in 1943, are pioneers in frozen organic food.

In fact, the Caledonia business says it was the world’s first grower/processor of frozen organic vegetables. Today, it also sells frozen fruit and frozen juice concentrate.

This summer, the 70-year-old company is expanding into a new addition to its offices and processing plant at 521 W. Enterprise St. The new 27,000-square-foot structure houses additional freezers and soon will house packaging operations, which are moving from another building in Caledonia. A public open house will be held when the project is completed, company President Pete Gengler said.

While the family-owned business doesn’t give out annual sales numbers, Gengler said sales have been increasing about 10 percent annually in the past few years.

“There’s a lot of competition for organic (food) that wasn’t there several years ago,” he added. But demand for organic food continues to grow, he said.

The strong work ethic of its employees is another reason why Sno Pac has continued to grow, Gengler said.

With increased production and sales, Sno Pac’s work force has continued to grow. The company has about 50 employees who work year-round, and another 10 or so who work during the busy season, which is from mid-June until the end of September.

PRODUCTS: Organic peas, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, spinach, sweet beans, edamame, broccoli, hash browns, french fries, peas and carrots, soup mix, butternut squash, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries. The company also sells organic lemonade and orange, apple and grape juice concentrates.

MORE INFO: Call Sno Pac at 507-725-5281 or visit

Author: Daniela

I will forever be grateful that, early in life, I was introduced to the utility and beauty of hand crafted products - from the symbolic motifs sewn into the coarse linen fabric of Croatian traditional wear to the colorful Kilim carpets that decorated the parquet floors in my grandmother's living room. I treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," the smell of the flower stalls in the open air market where my grandmother bought produce early every morning for the day’s meals, and the summers spent at my great grandmother's where the village wags would come to gossip over thick, black Turkish coffee in the cool stone kitchen. Someone noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world - one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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