Today, Nestlé announced that it has finalized the purchase agreement for the manufacturing assets in Trenton, MO that will support future production of the Chef-mate® brand. Chef-mate is a leading brand in foodservice sold through Nestlé Professional, the out-of-home division of Nestlé S.A. The purchase of these assets will allow Nestlé to implement a focused and lean operation in Trenton while delivering the highest quality manufacturing for the Chef-mate brand.
The Chef-mate brand was established in 1964. The product line features authentic comfort food classics like Chef-mate Country Sausage Gravy, Chef-mate Corned Beef Hash, Chef-mate Chili Con Carne and Chef-mate Golden Cheese Sauce. Each product is crafted with the finest ingredients and designed to deliver superior quality and convenience.
Nestlé is committed to the Chef-mate brand and the proprietary cooked-before-canning process. This unique process was invented in Trenton, MO in 1964 to address the specific needs of the out-of-home industry that utilize larger #10 cans. Under this process, food is piped under pressure to canning equipment and cooked by steam injection. The steam heats the food without overcooking it and reduces the overall processing time so as to deliver a product with consistent, made-from-scratch taste and color.
Nestlé started an open hiring process in March, 2018 and is expecting to hire approximately 135 – 150 employees.