Burnsville, MN - 65,000 sf

Lakeville, MN - 91,000 sf

Buddy's Kitchen more than doubled in size this year with the addition of a second production facility. Located on a 16-acre parcel, our Lakeville property provides opportunities for continued growth and expansion.


  • Certified Organic & Gluten Free
  • Read-to-Eat (RTE)
  • Spiral & Storage Freezers
  • USDA/FDA Dual Jurisdiction
  • On-Site Test Kitchens
  • Flexible Manufacturing

Food safety & quality assurance

At Buddy’s Kitchen, our commitment to food safety & quality is paramount. We are committed to setting the industry standard for food safety and quality and have invested heavily in processes, staff, training, testing, chemistry and third-party consulting services to ensure that we deliver on that promise.

This ‘above-and-beyond’ approach to food safety starts at the top. Buddy's CEO, Dave Smith, and Vice President of Food Safety, Tom Webber, are actively engaged in SQF processes, industry peer groups, and educational outreach. Tom Webber frequently provides SQF consulting to peers in the industry and is also a Lead Instructor for Preventive Controls.


Buddy's Kitchen Food Safety & Quality Assurance Team

Tom Webber, VP Food Safety

Tom Webber, VP Food Safety

  • 25 Years Industry Experience
  • MS Food Safety, Michigan State University
  • BS Food Science, University of Minnesota
Maulik Shah, QA Manager

Maulik Shah, QA Manager

  • 10 Years Industry Experience
  • MS Dairy Product Tech, CA Polytechnic State University
  • BS Dairy Technology, Gujarat Agricultural University
Thuy Dinh, QA Supervisor

Thuy Dinh, QA Supervisor

  • 5 Years Industry Experience
  • BS Food Science, University of Minnesota

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliant

Preventive Controls Compliant (Lead Instructor On-Site)

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SQF/Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification, July 2011
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification, December 2010
  • Ethical Sourcing Certification, January 2011
  • Several members of our management team (including CEO) are trained SQF practitioners.

Dual Jurisdiction Facility 

  • USDA inspector on site daily
  • Periodic Food Safety Reviews by FDA and MDA

Ready-to-Eat Facility

  • Best Practice Standards for Food Safety




Buddy's Kitchen is dedicated to developing new products in line with consumer eating trends.

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Gluten Free

Gluten free products are now a meaningful percentage of our output. Our new facility includes a significant amount of segregated gluten free production space.

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With Certified Organic production facilities, Buddy's Kitchen is able to produce 100% Organic products and to source organic ingredients for custom product development.

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Clean Label

Buddy's Kitchen is Clean Label capable and oriented. We are actively developing products in these emerging markets & select best-quality, whole ingredients.