Monday, February 25, 2008

New distributor named for Wild Garden push in African American community

Leading African-American distributor will rep
Wild Garden’s Chicago Trail Mix market

Mark Smith
FEBRUARY 25, 2008

(Chicago, IL) – Harold Triche, president and CEO of JakPan Enterprises Ltd. And a veteran national food distributor, was named exclusive distributor for Wild Garden’s popular Trail Mixes.

JakPan Enterprises Inc., a snack food company based in Chicago, was established in 2001. It is 100% minority owned. JakPan has worked with major retail food chains in 30 states including Jewel, Albertsons, Dominicks, Safeway, Cubs Food, Super Value and Walgreens.

Wild Garden™ was founded in 2003 with the specific mission to deliver healthy, vegetarian and authentic Mediterranean food products to the mainstream North American market. Based in Cicero, Illinois, Wild Garden produces the increasingly popular Wild Garden Hummus Dip, along with an assortment of health-focused and natural Mediterranean foods.

"I feel it’s very important to give back to our community, in which I sit on the Salvation Army’s advisor and New Concepts Tutor Mentor Connections board, which provided one on one and team mentoring to grammar and high school students in Chicago," explained Triche.

The Trail Mix line sits at the heart of Wild Garden’s mission to provide not only great tasting food, but food products that cater to America’s health conscious consumers.

"We are very proud that Wild Garden is steadily becoming recognized for its health-driven products and we are excited to enter into this partnership to insure that our products reach the widest possible distribution," said Mark Smith, Wild Garden Vice President for National Sales.

For more information, visit Wild Garden’s web site at

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