About Us

As a global product development partner, we specialize in high-quality food ingredients. We’re committed to helping our customers create better products – and a better, more sustainable world.

Our Purpose

We blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

At Griffith Foods, our purpose defines who we are, what we do, and why we exist, highlighting what makes us distinct and authentic in the marketplace. We help our partners meet the evolving needs and desires of consumers in ways that respect and sustain the planet. Our care and creativity mean we’ll find the right mix of global reach and local impact to serve the earth and nourish all of us who call it home.

Our Story

“If you look at our history, being a vehicle for the greater good has been the ethos of this company.”

– Brian Griffith, Owner and Executive Chairman

Action follows purpose. Collaboration leads to innovation. And more often than not, the future you can envision is the future you can make a reality. This was certainly true in 1919 when Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith, a Chicago salesman, and his son Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith, a pharmacologist, took the first bold steps toward improving America’s food industry. The Griffiths’ aim was to introduce food science to the food industry. Why? Because they believed they could improve food safety while creating healthier, better-tasting food.

Fast forward four generations and a century later, and it’s the same purpose-driven approach that continues to guide Griffith Foods today, and for the next 100 years

1919 Our Founding
1920 – 1930 North American Growth
1930 – 1940 Product Development
1950 – 1960 Going Global
1960 – 1970 Increasing Innovation
1980 – 1990 Purposeful Evolution
2000 – 2020 Built for Success
Today A New Era
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Our Founding

At a time when the nation’s food supply couldn’t be trusted, Enoch Luther (E.L.) Griffith and Carroll Ladd (C.L.) Griffith recognized the need to introduce food science to the food industry through personal customer relationships. Thus began the storefront start of the company at 429 W. 79th Street in Chicago.

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North American Growth

On May 14, 1929, Griffith’s first company outside of the United States was established in Toronto under the leadership of E.L. Griffith’s nephews, Maurice and Luther Rector.  Griffith introduces specialty flours, liquid seasonings, and imports German Prague Salt, which dramatically reduced the required curing times for ham, bacon, and sausage.

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Product Development

Working to create safer, healthier and better-tasting food, Griffith utilized innovative technologies and processes to enhance the taste and safety of food products while reducing cost and speeding up production – developing Prague Powder “The Safe Fast Cure”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, an essential and affordable building block of flavor, antioxidant seasonings and more.

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Going Global

Then, as now, Griffith grew by helping its customers grow – expanding its product line and services with ingredients and technology made to assure dependable flavor, texture, and quality. E.L.’s grandson, Dean L. Griffith joins the company and pioneers a global spirit to adapt and meet the needs of the cultures we serve. 

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Increasing Innovation

Following new operations in South America, Europe, and Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, Dean Griffith restructured the company in 1978 to preserve its global footprint. Further pushes for improvement involved collaboration between culinary teams and food scientists, allowing Griffith to expand within the food industry. 

Unit Paks offer processors and foodservice operations optimized batching and back-of-house efficiencies. Griffith Foods introduces HVP flavor extensions, Flava Glaze for BBQ, authentic liquid blends, and unique coating systems with increased durability and functionality in baked and fried applications.

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Purposeful Evolution

By acquiring new companies, creating a new division, and further developing its core capabilities, the company blended together diverse approaches and points of view to help customers grow. Griffith acquired Custom Culinary® in 1991 to expand its soup, base, sauce, and gravy offerings, then launched its Innova®Flavors division in 1997, which greatly diversified its catalog of customizable  natural flavorings, pastes, and marinades

Two new, state-of-the-art Culinary Centers are opened at the Alsip headquarters and in Europe to provide customers with additional product development resources. Custom Culinary® is acquired and Innova®, a manufacturer of savory flavors, is established. New facilities are built in Brazil, Southern China, and South Korea.

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Built for Success

Griffith’s sustainability platform has been a key driver of change looking toward the future.

By following the four strategic thrusts – shared value, leverage technology, partner ecosystems, and health and nutrition – a positive impact has been made through endeavors like the Griffith Sustainably Sourced (GSS) program and clean-label products. These initiatives are both a validation of Griffith Foods’ past successes and an essential step in our continuing push to blend care and creativity to nourish the world.

Griffith Foods acquires a liquids facility focused on the production of sauces and soups. New manufacturing units are built in Mexico, India, and Northern China. Additional culinary centers are constructed within targeted facilities throughout the world. In 2019, the company launches TEROVA™, a supplier of sustainably sourced and superior spices, herbs, botanicals, and innovative ingredients, in order to scale sustainable sourcing efforts.

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A New Era

Today, the world is Griffith Foods’ market. Its central pursuit builds on its legacy of blending care and creativity to nourish the world. Countless global partners rely on the company for seasonings, spices, coatings, sauces, and more, while its sustainability efforts support local and regional food ecosystems around the world.

Our Values

Born from our purpose, our values are at the heart of everything we do.

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    Make the Future Better

    We are optimistic and courageous while making choices in pursuit of our dreams. Sustainability informs our curiosity, imagination, and innovation. We are passionate about leaving our planet a better place for future generations. We believe the best is yet to come.

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    Work Together Globally

    We recognize our diversity creates a unique strength, and we learn from our colleagues and partners globally. By collaborating, communicating, sharing, and learning, we create better together.

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    Behave like Owners

    We are passionate about creating long-term value. We believe that we are part of something bigger than ourselves and strive to make a difference. We trust each other and treat talent as a valuable resource. We believe in strategic risk-taking and in doing the right thing, especially when it is hard to do.

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    Build Customer Success

    Recognizing that our success depends on our customers’ success, we work to create value and ensure success by understanding, anticipating and prioritizing customer needs. We build a mutual commitment to derive sustainable long-term value.

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    Deliver Results

    We take personal responsibility for meeting our commitments. We are focused on achieving objectives aligned to our triple bottom line of people, planet, and performance. We execute with excellence, measure results, and reward success.

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    Act like Family

    We are a caring family company where everyone has the opportunity to grow, follow their own personal “Purpose” and find fulfillment in their work. We support each other and demonstrate mutual respect. We nourish people’s well-being – physical, mental, and financial.

Our Family of Companies

Griffith Foods is a global product development partner specializing in food ingredients from seasoning and sauces to breadings, coatings, flavors, bakery products, and more.

Custom Culinary® specializes in providing foodservice and food processing professionals with real, authentic branded and proprietary culinary flavor systems.

TEROVA serves modern society with premium, sustainable ingredients, and products grown with a farmer first approach and full traceability.

Nourish Ventures is a strategic partner to new ventures, accelerating their ability to scale and grow, focused on creating the food system of the future – delicious, nutritious, sustainable.

Joint Ventures

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Join Our Family

When you join Griffith Foods, you are not only joining our family, you are joining a community of change-makers. At Griffith Foods, you are encouraged and empowered to make meaningful contributions and discover innovative solutions. Learn more about our career opportunities and join us on our journey to nourish the world.

Our Leadership

We believe in leading by example. Connected by a shared purpose, our leaders are committed to the well-being of every Griffith Foods employee, while maintaining responsible stewardship of the People, Planet, and Performance.

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    Dhiren Kanwar

    President, India Middle East
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    Samhita Barman

    Director of Marketing, India Middle East
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    P.B Chinnappa

    Director of Supply Chain & Operations, India Middle East
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    Om Prakash

    Director of Research and Development, India Middle East
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    Hema S N

    Sr. Manager Human Resources, India Middle East
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    Sudhakar Thamankar

    Director of Finance and Administration, India Middle East
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    Nitin Puri

    Director of Culinary, India
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    Amit Shukla

    Director of Sales- Food Services, India
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Dhiren Kanwar

President, India Middle East

Dhiren brings twenty-nine years of multi-faceted experience in the food industry to Griffith Foods. Following an initial career as a culinarian with the ITC and Taj group of hotels in India, Dhiren has also been a food industry entrepreneur having founded and successfully exited food events, restaurants, and commissary companies. In the venture capital space, Dhiren led the food and beverage practice of the investment advisory group Everstone Capital.

Dhiren has served as President of the All India Ingredient Manufacturers Association, representing the industry in government relations and providing input on policymaking for the food industry. Dhiren also has been on the governing council of the Indo-Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

A life-long learner with degrees in Political Science and Sociology and Hospitality Management, Dhiren is an alumnus of INSEAD and has completed executive education programs at MIT and Harvard University. Dhiren is passionate about enabling children’s education, which he supports through his charitable trust.

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Samhita Barman

Director of Marketing, India Middle East

Samhita is a strategic marketing professional with more than 14 years of experience in the food industry, retail & telecom. Her experience includes sphere heading development and execution of go-to-marketing strategy for both B2B and B2C in both India and international markets. Skilled in marketing intelligence& insights, customer marketing, new product development, and management. Innovation and value proposition have been a key driver in her span of experience. Her passion for food and building brands brings her to Griffith Foods.

As a Marketing Director, she aims to be a strategic driver for sustainable, profitable growth for Griffith Foods for India and Middle East markets. Samhita is an MBA and Economics graduate. A passionate traveler and enjoys learning. At work, she believes in a combination of head and heart. So collaborating with others and assisting people to grow, drives her purpose of life.

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P.B Chinnappa

Director of Supply Chain & Operations, India Middle East

P.B Chinnappa has over 28 years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry, which includes production, sourcing, and backward integration. P.B Chinnappa started his career with the Tata Tea, on their plantations in Southern India. Thereon he worked with Cadbury India Limited, managing Cocoa Operations, which included sourcing of Cocoa internationally, and managing the primary cocoa processing units for domestically sourced cocoa. During this time, he also played a key role in the backward integration of the crop in the Southern states of India.

P.B Chinnappa has been with Griffith Foods since 2007. His interests include technology, sports and education.

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Om Prakash

Director of Research and Development, India Middle East

Om Prakash joined Griffith with 18 years of experience in Research and Development in Food & Beverage Industry. His work experience involves amalgamation of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and Food Ingredient Industry. His expertise comprised of varied product developments ranging from Beverages, Snacks, Seasonings, Marinades, Coatings, Extruded products, Cereals, Bakery, Confectionery, Frozen and RTE product category. He has been responsible in starting new product lines, scale ups, setting up of product processes and R&D labs. He had previously worked at Kerry, Cavinkare and Wrigley-Mars.

A Food Technologist from CFTRI, Mysore, MBA in Technology Management from Anna University and Graduation in Agriculture form PAU, Ludhiana has been the base of education and technical knowhow. A philosopher and listener by nature; adventurous, analytical and continual learning keeps him motivated. He strives for building motivated team and taking them along.

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Hema S N

Sr. Manager Human Resources, India Middle East

Hema S N joined Griffith Foods as Sr. Manager Human Resources in July 2019 and brings fifteen years of experience in HR Operations, Employee Relations & Culture and Talent Management Prior to this role, Hema was Human Resources – Business Partner for South West Region for Kerry Ingredients Hema holds a Post-Graduation in Human Resource Management from XLRI Business school.

She is a passionate volunteer teaching government school children in rural villages as well as involved in other volunteering activities

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Sudhakar Thamankar

Director of Finance and Administration, India Middle East

Sudhakar Thamankar is the Director finance and Admin, IME. He is member of Institute of Chartered accountants of India. Sudhakar started his professional journey immediately after post-graduation. Sudhakar has worked in couple of startup organization before joining Griffith. He imbibed the entrepreneur sprit while working in startups and his was wearing different hats during startups stint.

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Nitin Puri

Director of Culinary, India

Nitin Puri is the Director of Culinary for Griffith Foods India. A native of Delhi, he has worked in various cities within India, as well as internationally, acquiring diverse culinary knowledge to create recipes that invite a fusion of flavors. Nitin’s 21 years of experience across various organizations lends well to his role at Griffith Foods, where he creates product differentiation through customer-focused solutions. He holds a degree in hotel management from IHM – India and is a member of Chef-De-Coaded, a group of India’s top chefs.

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Amit Shukla

Director of Sales- Food Services, India

Amit emanates with 20 years of experience across industries, mainly in the FMCG segment. He has worked with large organizations and with multi-cultural teams. He also has an international stint in UK, heading the B2B sales of an FMCG major, based out of London. He has spent 15 years at DS Group, where he had built the B2B business from start, and made the Catch spices a popular brand in the industry. For B2B business, Amit was DS Group’s single window to the F&B industry for all the group’s FMCG brands. He has also worked with C. K. Birla Group as Head – Institutional Sales and was instrumental in expanding the business into overseas markets.

Amit possesses an MBA degree from S.M. University and B.Com from Delhi University. He enjoys acting and cricket, where he has played at the State, Regional and International level. Amit’s mantra is to follow a “no regret” feeling as he strongly believes in putting his best efforts in everything he does.

Board of Directors

Our board of directors comes from rich, diverse backgrounds that lend well to Griffith Foods’ Purpose. We are proud to have this dynamic group of leaders usher us into the next century of purpose-driven business.

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Brian Griffith

Executive Chairman

Brian is the fourth-generation family member to lead Griffith Foods. He has worked in the food industry for almost three decades, with more than 20 years of service at Griffith. Throughout his tenure with the company, Brian has held diverse leadership positions within Griffith and Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, including management roles in Europe, Asia, and North America. From 2005 until 2014, he led our teams in the dynamic Asia Pacific markets, served as Vice Chairman and Group President for Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India Middle East for Griffith. In 2015, Brian began leading Griffith Foods as Executive Chairman.

Over the past four years, he has spearheaded a team to establish form and structure in Griffith’s sustainability platform of People, Planet and Performance, and apply it across all business units worldwide. In the coming years, he will continue guiding the organization to develop new shared value opportunities and promote a Purpose-driven strategy that supports the community and preserves the planet while fostering continued successful performance.

Brian earned a B.A. in International Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

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TC Chatterjee

Chief Executive Officer

TC Chatterjee was named Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Before becoming CEO, TC held positions as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Group President across some of Griffith’s fastest-growing regions, including Central and South America, Asia Pacific, and India – Middle East, as well as Custom Culinary, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffith Foods™.

“Griffith’s global footprint and our ability to add value to our customers and their customers through our expertise and experience in food science, culinary arts, sensory and consumer insight help us offer a range of capabilities to enable our customers’ growth and innovation. We are proud of our ability to provide these locally as well as globally.”

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Matt West

Executive Vice President and CFO

Matt West joined Griffith Foods in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer following a 27-year Finance career in global food and consumer products companies. Matt leads the planning and strategy for Griffith’s financial performance as well as the company’s funding and investment strategies.

“At Griffith Foods™, we operate in numerous countries that each have strong opportunities to grow our business. Our cash flow and capital investments are the fuel for our growth,” Matt said. “In Finance, we balance the reinvestment of company profits with funding from our financial partners to support the best business opportunities around the world. My team and I put it all together.”

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Jose-Luis Bretones

Board Member

Jose-Luis Bretones founded LINAR Advisors in 2015, a boutique consulting practice with a focus on global supply chain operations, and currently serves as managing partner after more than 20 years working across several industries around the world.

His experience includes leadership roles in supply chain with McDonald’s, Lucent Technologies, and Castle Metals before founding LINAR Advisors. 

Jose-Luis grew up in Spain, relocated to the United States in 1998, and currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSII) and an MBA degree obtained while on assignment with Lucent Technologies in Oklahoma. He earned numerous professional accreditations from Kellogg School of Management (USA), INSEAD School of Management (France), Goldratt Institute (Spain), and APICS.

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Dean Carter

Board Member

Mr. Dean E. Carter has been Vice President of Human Resources & Shared Services at Patagonia, Inc. since May 2015. Mr. Carter provides strategic leadership and direction of Patagonia’s global human resources, finance, and legal teams and is charged with developing initiatives to support Patagonia’s nearly 2,000 employees worldwide in carrying out its mission. 

Prior to joining Patagonia, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Talent & Human Capital Services at Sears Holdings Corporation and has supported more than 220,000 employees in the United States and Asia and partnered directly with more than 30 Business Unit Presidents. In 2013, he was awarded the Top 10 Breakaway HR Leaders by the Global HR Summit. He has a BS in speech/organizational communication from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Workforce Science Fellow of Northwest University School of Law in Chicago.

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Sonia Lo

Board Member

Sonia Lo is the Chief Executive Officer of Crop One Holdings. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Chalsys LLP, an advisory and direct investment firm that has invested over $120 million in 15 global growth-stage companies. Prior to Chalsys, Ms. Lo was co-founder and CEO of eZoka Group, a UK-based internet startup that was sold in 2002. Ms. Lo is a former Director of Global Content for Google.

She was appointed one of the Global 100 Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in 2000 and 2001 and named one of Management Today’s leading 35 businesswomen in the UK under the age of 35.

Ms. Lo earned her BA in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. She holds Professional Chef and Pastry Qualifications from London and City College and completed certifications in Green Supply Chain Management and Zero Energy Architecture.

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Joseph Maslick

Board Member

Mr. Maslick joined Griffith Foods in 1970 and was quickly promoted to management positions in the USA and then in Corporate finance. In 1988, he was elected Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1990 he was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Griffith Foods until his retirement.

Mr. Maslick holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the DePaul University of Chicago. He has served as a Board Member of Illinois Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Phoenix Area, and is active with the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Arizona, raising funds for its cancer research activities.

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Joseph Schmieder

Board Member

Joe is a principal consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group assisting family-owned organizations to increase their value through the careful guidance of family succession and the resolution of complex family business issues. He is a strong advocate for incorporating innovation into family businesses, blending family and non-family execs into effective leadership teams, developing next-generation leaders, creating effective governance structures, and facilitating family meetings. 

He is the author of the book Innovation in the Family Business: Succeeding through Generations and numerous family business articles. He presents family business topics around the world, including FBCG’s annual program for board leaders: The Chair Forum.  Joe earned his Masters of International Management degree from Thunderbird Global School of International Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.

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Mary Wagner

Board Member

Mary K. Wagner is a recognized executive leader and board director with a reputation for creating innovative products, managing risks, handling corporate crises, and managing food quality and safety. She is a strategist, an operational leader, and a team builder who has been an executive in branded global retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. She has created growth through consumer-facing innovation and brand building. 

Mary holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors (ACCD) and is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, as well as a Belizean Grove member. Mary is a graduate of Harvard’s Program for Management Development (PMD), and a participant in the Kellogg Family Governance program. She has a BS and MS from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

 

Partnerships and Ecosystem

Our partnerships extend our coverage across the globe, enhance our innovation, provide access to a network of global chefs and experts, and further our efforts to nourish the world.
We are a non-profit food and beverage incubator dedicated to helping local entrepreneurs build & grow successful businesses.
Growing a sustainable, healthy and resilient agricultural sector whilst creating strong and secure supply chains. (The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform)
ASTA works to ensure the supply of clean, safe spice, shape public policy on behalf of the global industry, and advance business interests of its members.
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries.
The Sustainable Spices Initiative (SSI) aims to sustainably transform the mainstream spices sector, thereby securing future sourcing and stimulating economic growth in producing countries.
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is a product and process certification standard known for compliance to industry best practices

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