March 5 2013  |  Catering

Travel catering supplier opens new Virginia plant

By Rick Lundstrom

The US$30 million plant is located 2.5 miles from Dulles International Airport. It will expand the company’s capacity to produce customized gourmet menu items for fast-casual and restaurant chains, hotels, airlines, retailers and consumers using the “sous-vide” cooking method pioneered by the company.

“Demand continues to grow from today’s consumers for the high-quality, fine-dining experience they look for in memorable meals – wherever they chose to eat,” said Felipe Hasselmann, President of Cuisine Solutions in a release announcing the opening. “This new, highly automated facility greatly improves our ability to work with our customers, partners and retailers to deliver the natural flavors, best-in-class ingredients and consistent quality they have come to expect from Cuisine Solutions.”

Cuisine Solutions delivers menu applications that can be prepared from a wide variety of serving venues. All dishes are prepared from the highest quality animal proteins, vegetables and spices. This includes including grass-fed, free-range, all-natural beef and lamb. The company also sources sustainably harvested wild salmon, all-natural, antibiotic-free turkey, and organic pimento peppers, among many others.

The company sous-vide method is designed to seal in moisture—making foods prepared from the method flavorful, fork-tender and juicy. The process cooks foods slowly at low temperatures and eliminates the need for flavor enhancers. Computerized monitoring provides professional-grade results.

This is Cuisine Solutions’ fourth production facility, and will add up to 80 jobs when the plant is fully operational. The company’s other production facilities are located in Alexandria, Virginia and in  Louviers and Le Petre, France.

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