History

Leadership

Awards & Certifications

Partnership

Corporate/Social Responsibility




History

Mullins Food Products had humble beginnings on the west side of Chicago. Founded in 1934 by Harry J. Mullins, the business started out as a tavern. There, Harry bottled his own brand of Prairie Chef BBQ Sauce that he developed for use in his tavern. Eventually he began selling it to customers. Soon local grocery stores and dining establishments were also purchasing Prairie Chef.

Upon his return from WWII, his son, Jack, took the business a step further. Because of the popularity of this special recipe and Jack’s persistence, he eventually landed national accounts with corporate retail food chains.

Upon Harry’s death in 1961, Jack took over, he and his wife Joan pursued the food industry full speed ahead. Through the years, the business gained momentum and in 1968, they purchased Packaging Service Corporation. This gave Mullins Food Products the capability to expand their packaging line to include flexible film pouches, cups and bulk items.

Since the early 1930ís, Mullins Food Products has grown from a family recipe to a major player in the liquid condiment industry. Our product lines have expanded not only from the items manufactured, but also to the types of packaging we offer. Yet, the sauce that comes out of the kettles today is still the same top-quality product that Harry Mullins produced in his small local tavern when he founded the company in the 1930’s.

Today, our fully automated facility located just west of Chicago in Broadview, IL is equipped with the finest state of the art machinery. We feature a complete product development test kitchen, pilot plant for developing new products, QA lab and multiple manufacturing and packaging rooms, designed for specific products. Our building is over 330,000 square feet and we employ over 400 people, many of them long-term employees with us since our early years.

 


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Leadership

Mullins Food Products continues to be a family owned business. We are certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in partnership with the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) as a female-owned and operated business.

2005 ~ THE MULLINS FAMILY:
Front Row – Shannon Smith, Joan Mullins, Katie Burke, Jackie Stent, Tom Mullins
Back Row –Jeanne Gannon, Jim Mullins, Marianne Vivirito, Judy Lucas, Mike Mullins,
Bill Mullins, Ed Mullins

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Awards & Certifications

The following awards represent a sampling of the honors given to Mullins Food Products by the largest, most recognized names in the restaurant, quick-service and retail food-products industry.

  • Teamwork Award
    3 years in a row from a globally recognized QSR chain

  • System First Award
    Globally recognized QSR chain

  • Supplier of the Year
    From two separate nationally known QSR chains

  • Outstanding Supplier
    3 years in a row from a nationally known QSR chain

  • Cut Above Award
    Nationally known QSR chain

  • Safety Excellence Award

  • Female Owned Business
    by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

  • BRC Audit 
    Earned an A Rating for consecutive years

  • Superior Audit Ratings
    We have a history of excellence on 3rd Party Independent Audits

Click here to see/print the BRC Certificate

Click here to see/print the WBENC Certificate

 

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Partnership

Mullins Food Products can offer you something that goes beyond our products and services – A Partnership in Excellence. We have retained many of the same customers for decades - no small feat in today’s competitive marketplace.

We seal the bond between company and customer by listening and responding to your needs. At Mullins Food Products, a handshake is more than a simple gesture. It symbolizes our commitment to you, your company, your products and to a partnership in excellence.

 


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Corporate/Social Responsibility

  • At Mullins, we are committed to our customers, consumers, employees,
    suppliers and community.

  • We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe, diverse and
    ethical workplace.

  • We place a high priority on being active in our community and are
    charitable to a broad base of causes both locally and globally.
    We believe in giving back and being part of solutions.

  • We continuously strive to reduce waste, respect our environment
    and develop products with health and nutrition in mind.