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|About||Lakeside Foods Plainview, Minnesota produces canned and frozen vegetables for retail and foodservice channels.|
Lakeside Foods is recognized as the premier U.S. Private Brand supplier of high-quality frozen vegetables and canned vegetables to the retail, foodservice, and industrial sectors for over 129 years. With corporate headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and ten plants and eight distribution centers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio, our locations place us close to our fields, assuring fresh product to our customers.
How did this begin? In 1887, Albert Landreth recognized that Wisconsin soil could produce superior quality peas. He began operating out of a small hotel on the shores of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc – the humble founding of Lakeside Foods.
In 1922, Lakeside Packing Company acquired the original wooden structure of the Watertown Canning Company plant in Plainview, Minnesota which processed peas and pickles.
After the acquisition, the Plainview, Minnesota plant was targeted for a complete rebuild and remodel. The Board of Directors approved a $15,000 capital expenditure to rebuild the entire plant, prior to the 1923 production season. Plainview plant superintendent Albert Wild oversaw a building program that would replace wooden structures with concrete and tile. In 1923, the Plainview plant started processing corn, the only company plant to process corn.
The Lakeside Plainview plant helped the U.S. military during World War II, by producing canned vegetables for the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. In 1943, the company built heated warehousing to store a portion of its product, sending 60% of its production overseas. The plant experienced challenges during World War II.
The first challenge was the U.S. government imposing restrictions on the use of any materials that could be diverted to the armed services. The company received word that it could only pack some of its products in cans, as steel and tin was to be used in armament for all branches of the military. Some of the products had to packed in glass jars.
The second challenge during
|Founded||Lakeside Foods was founded in 1887 by Albert Landreth.|
|Products||Plainview, Minnesota produces canned corn, peas, lima beans, and meats. it also produces frozen corn and peas.|