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IDF named Missouri Exporter of the Year

Monday, September 20, 2010

International Dehydrated Foods in Monett won the Missouri Exporter of the Year Award from the Missouri Department of Economic Development last week. Shown, front row from left, are: Brian Bouray, processing manager; Teresa Baker, warehouse supervisor; Mike Scabarozi, vice president of manufacturing. Back row: Gary Hurst, export administrator; Coleen Ferdig, human resources administrative assistant; Jeff Pachner, dehydration lead; and Regina Bowsher, administrative coordinator. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
International Dehydrated Foods (IDF) in Monett has been named to one of the top honors in the state, Exporter of the Year. The award was presented at the 52nd annual Missouri Governor's Conference on Economic Development (DED), held last week in St. Louis.

IDF was nominated for the honor by the Monett Chamber of Commerce. IDF makes and ships products to 33 countries.

"This year we were looking at five keys to accelerating the economy," said John Fougere, director of communications for the DED. "One of them is exports. IDF has had great success with exports. Showing their products can go from a small town in southwest Missouri around the world is exactly what we're talking about."

Under USDA-inspected guidelines, IDF manufactures a variety of dehydrated food ingredients that are used in making soup, gravy and sauces. Records show IDF had a 7.5 percent increase in export growth in 2009.

"That's impressive, considering the national and worldwide economy," Fougere said. "Exports resulted in 26 percent of total sales for IDF. So far in 2010, exports for IDF are up by 30 percent for this year."

The chamber produces certificates of origin for IDF shipments. Chamber Executive Director Suzy McElmurry said documentation is prepared practically every workday for an IDF product shipment.

The award was presented before a gathering of more than 600 manufacturers, public and municipal officials exploring the latest trends in the state.

"We want to take success stories, celebrate them, see why they are being successful, and see how other businesses can replicate that success," Fougere said.

Among those attending the conference were Governor Jay Nixon and Alan Mulally, chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company. Accepting the award was Kurt Hellweg, IDF president and chief executive officer.

"The award is made possible by the efforts of our plant and corporate employees," said Mike Scabarozi, vice president of manufacturing for IDF, who oversees the Monett plant. "Meeting the needs of our international customers requires a focused effort to the details required for international sales.

"We are also pleased to represent the Monett community gratefully acknowledge the Monett Chamber of Commerce for nominating IDF for this award," Scabarozi said.

IDF manufactures further processed meat and poultry ingredients under a strict Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point quality control program. All IDF products, made in frozen, concentrated, and powdered forms, are available for worldwide distribution.

IDF employs 200 associates in Monett, where all the company's manufacturing is done. The corporate offices are based in Springfield.

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