The tradition began in 1966 when Howard Halpern arrived in Atlanta to start his own perishable food distribution business. With a talent for anticipating industry needs, he became one of the first in the country to distribute boxed beef. A top-quality cut shop soon followed.
Halperns' The Gourmet Grocer, located in Lenox Square, followed in 1979 and resided in one of the country's first food courts. Halperns' The Gourmet Grocer was voted "best meat and seafood market" by the Atlanta public for four consecutive years. Then, in 1983, with five butchers, the Halpern family started a meat distribution company, with a drive and passion that was instrumental in revolutionizing the industry.
Halperns' is proud to offer only the highest-quality proteins from suppliers that reflect our commitment to quality and match our drive to exceed our client's expectation. Many of these suppliers are steeped in a rich family history like our own; with pride and dedication unmatched in today's fast-paced world.
From the farm to the table, sustainable agricultural practices are one of the hottest trends in the foodservice industry. Halperns' is committed to helping our customers achieve their environmental objectives, as well as incorporating an ever-growing number of green initiatives into our own operations.
Whenever possible, we buy from local farmers and producers. In addition, we partner with national companies who have devoted significant resources to practices that protect the environment. Halperns' also contributes to the sustainability cycle through efficient transportation and fuel conservation. Two new facilities in Florida, one of our busiest markets, help decrease our trucking mileage. We also restrict fleet speed to reduce fuel consumption and provide financial incentives to drivers who further diminish fuel costs, returning a portion of the savings to them.
If you peek at the products inside those trucks, the packaging material tells another environmental story. Boxes contain recycled content and we're engaged in related recycling and composting efforts; a portion of the film wrap is derived from recycled water bottles; and we've instituted an impressive pallet recycling program.
Our green initiatives extend into our operations. A total energy conservation system in our primary production facility has achieved a 30 percent energy reduction. Motion sensors connected to our lighting system, along with condensed production schedules, have decreased related energy needs by 15 percent. And, we save tens of thousands of gallons of water annually by converting many cooling systems to efficient, closed-loop glycol-based equipment.
These combined efforts are not just good business practices; they are the wave of the future as we join others in the foodservice industry to reduce our impact on the world. As we move toward the future, we will continue to explore the path that leads to greener pastures.
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