what makes us tick

We create custom cuisine solutions for specialty foodservice applications.

how we operate

We intimately serve a base of food-forward customers through

our unique agile innovation and flexible manufacturing processes.


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Buddy's Kitchen Then & Now

Buddy’s Kitchen was founded near Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1974 by Nils “Buddy” Eian. The first Buddy’s product - a mouthwatering, hand-cooked omelet made for North Central Airlines - remains a signature Buddy’s product to this day.

Until 2007, Buddy’s focused primarily on airline customers. Since 2007, the company has meaningfully diversified its customer base and capabilities and opened a second, larger production facility. We produce more than 350,000 meals daily.

Today, Buddy’s Kitchen is an industry leader in the customization of frozen food and co-packing. Newer customers include industry leaders in specialty food service application in the Convenience, QSR and Deli channels.

senior leadership team

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Dave Smith CEO

Dave Smith


Brad Wetherbee President, Airline Category

Brad Wetherbee

President, Airline Category

Pres Colwell President, C-Store/Co-Pack

Pres Colwell

President, C-Store/Co-Pack

Joe Chiovera, President Emerging Channels/I & D

Joe Chiovera, President

Emerging Channels/I & D

Tom Webber VP, Food Safety

Tom Webber

VP, Food Safety

Mark Mateski Controller

Mark Mateski


Derek Hoffman VP, Operations

Derek Hoffman

VP, Operations


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Our team strives to operate our business in the most sustainable way possible

through recycling, local sourcing, and reducing waste.

  • In 2016, we recycled 500 tons of cardboard boxes!
  • We give preference to suppliers located within 100 miles of our plant.
  • Our logistics & packaging experts work to optimize shipping & reduce waste.
  • We work with local farmers to re-use food waste & keep it out of landfills.