Code of Business
& Personal Ethics
We Will Be Legal
We recognize the authority of legal constraints and our obligation to be in conformance with both the spirit and the letter of the law.
We Will Be Moral
In our public and private lives, we will strive to give precedence to that which is right over that which is merely expedient or convenient.
We Will Be Honest
To warrant the trust of all with whom we come in contact, we must ourselves be unflinchingly honorable in whatever we think, do, or say.
We Will Be Respectful
Whatever our station in life may be, we will respect in others of all ranks those virtues and strengths of character which we collectively and individually endeavor to exemplify.
We Will Be Responsible
To each other and to those outside Sargento, we will strive to fulfill both the obvious and the unenforceable obligations we owe to all whom we serve and with whom we work.
We Will Be Fair
In regard to decision-making at all levels, we will strive for maximum objectivity and evenhandedness with all those whose lives we touch.
Each year, we take time to reflect on our successes and highlight the great work of our Sargento family. We are proud to present the 2012 Corporate Report and remain committed to developing products that move the cheese industry forward and help our company to grow.
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Sargento Foods Inc. is a family-owned company comprising four business divisions: Consumer Products, Food Service, Food Ingredients and Culinary Solutions. The company employs more than 1,600 people at four Wisconsin facilities: Plymouth, Kiel, Hilbert and Elkhart Lake, as well as facilities in Bellingham WA and North Sioux City SD.
The Consumer Products Division is a leading national packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced, snack and specialty cheeses sold under the Sargento brand.
The Food Service Division (link) is a producer of custom cheese products that are tailor-made to the specifications of many national restaurant chains. These products include natural sliced and shredded cheeses and breaded appetizers.
The Food Ingredients Division (link) provides custom cheese products to meet the needs of other food manufacturers. These products include sliced, shredded and diced cheeses, portion control packs, fillings and sauces.
The Culinary Solutions Division provides high quality meal kits to deli operators that include natural cheeses; pasta , rice or potatoes; and sauces.
At Sargento, we believe in a concept of ownership that goes beyond our stockholders to include the other important contributors to our success. We include as stakeholders not only our stockholders, but also our employees, customers, community, and suppliers. Although clearly different from that of a stockholder they each have a meaningful stake in our company. Because of this, we recognize the importance of evaluating the impact of our decisions on each of our stakeholders.
Statement of Values & Purpose
Sargento is a family-owned cheese company dedicated to enhancing long-term stakeholder value. Sustained by an insatiable winning spirit, we are guided by our faith in God. Our central purpose is to be the best at responding to customer and consumer needs for cheese, cheese-based, and other culinary solutions. We will achieve this goal by exceeding expectations for innovation, service, quality, value, taste, and convenience. We share the results of our success with those that contribute to that success.
Sargento Foods Inc.
One Persnickety Place
Plymouth, WI 53073