It has been 50 years since the first Broadbent’s Food catalog was mailed to customers. That first catalog looked quite a bit different than our anniversary addition released this September. The first edition lacked color, prices and a few customer favorites. The black and white catalog featured slabs of bacon and large hams, those were the days when most slicing was done in the home. Since those days there has been a whole cultural shift, less time spent in the home and much, much more technology.
Our products and catalog have been shaped by these changes of the times, now customers often prefer convenient ordering and packaging. We are glad our business has been able to grow and to keep up with the changing lifestyles we have added 24/7 online ordering capabilities and pre-sliced ham. We have chosen not to change everything though. To keep with the tradition of being locally owned and operated though, we have continued to strive growing our facility in Kuttawa, Kentucky which employs several local residents. At our facility we cure, process and package all our products then ship them out across the country.
Beyond our catalog and online sales, Broadbent Foods has increased considerably in the wholesale industry. Over the past few years, Ronnie & Beth have attended numerous food shows making connections with Chef’s and Restaurateurs throughout the culinary world. We proudly have our products featured in gourmet specialty stores and a variety of restaurants across the nation. There is a heavy focus in the northeast where deli style foods often fuel the busy masses. Having Chef’s use our products in such creative ways is also a unique part of owning Broadbent Foods.
The years have been kind when we look back. We have been thankful to bring the Kentucky Proud tradition to the hearts and tables of families celebrating numerous special occasions. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are special in this business, because we can just imagine all the hugs, kisses and conversations surrounding our products adorning lovely table tops. We look forward to sharing in another 50 years of traditions.
Thank you for being a customer, and for letting Broadbent into your home to share in the tradition of your own family.