Tag: Joe Tortorice Jr.
It’s not just a Beatles song — in sunny California, huge fields of strawberries really do stretch as far as the eye can see. Welcome to Driscoll’s, home of the fresh strawberries that we’ve served in our fruit salads at Jason’s Deli for thirty years.
Five members of the Jason’s Deli team recently traveled to Monterey to attend the annual PMA Foodservice Convention and Exposition. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has been around since 1949, and its 2200 members represent every sector of the produce industry, from seeds to supermarkets and food service outlets.
“It’s a great learning opportunity and a way for us to meet and interact with our growers and distributors,” says Blake Parker, Chief Innovation Officer. This year the group toured Driscoll’s strawberry breeding facility as well as Earthbound Farms, which is where we get our organic spinach.
“The entire production facility at Earthbound is organic,” explains Blake. “And … Read More »
Nobody knew that thirty-five years ago today a small deli at the Gateway shopping center in Beaumont, Texas would grow into an agent of change for the way millions of Americans eat.
It’s been a long journey, many things have changed (Go Organics! No more HFCS!), and we’re just as proud of the spark that ignited it all as we are of our newest deli in Newport News, VA.
Our Founder and CEO Joe Tortorice Jr. has been honored as the first recipient of the Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Faithful Citizen Award, hosted by the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
The award honors “leaders of faith and culture who are a light in the midst of our way of life,” presented in conjunction with the award dinner and lecture event for St. Thomas’ Center for Faith & Culture.
“We are truly in the people business, our product happens to be food.” Over the years, this statement has become very clear as we see what outstanding people can do for our company. From the dishwasher position to our chief operating officer, the professional development of the human being has been the key to our growth for 31 years.
As we study other companies and organizations, it has become quite apparent that we have a truly remarkable culture – (the heart of our company). Our mission statement begins with the words “We are a caring family.” Those words mean “it’s not just about corned beef and pastrami.” We are interested in developing our people in all walks of life.
With that goal in mind, we have created the Leadership Institute. This concept features coursework in the form of workshops taught by company … Read More »