About Upper Lakes Foods

About Upper Lakes Foods

Scott Sorensen, Susan Ryan, Patricia Sorensen, and Shawn Sorensen, 2016

We are a local leader in the food service business. For 50 years we’ve prided ourselves on helping thousands of businesses and organizations thrive within the food industry. At a time when other food distributors are busy looking for ways to cut corners, we’re focused on boosting your bottom line with innovative, cost effective solutions and products.

Drivers at the IFDA Truck Rodeo, 2017.

As a family owned company, we have the flexibility needed to respond quickly to your needs. Each customer at Upper Lakes Foods has an account executive dedicated to your company’s success. Customers also have access to experts within graphic arts development, menu and product development, interior design, product sampling, and even a test kitchen. Two distribution centers centrally located in our service area and our headquarters in northern Minnesota ensure orders are quick to go out.

Simply put, our mission is to build value for each customer, employee, supplier and community we serve by bringing the best; the best products, best people and best ideas.

We do all of this and more for you – our family – while keeping costs competitive.

The ULF Advantage – Public versus Private

The debate over what’s better is an ongoing discussion in the food distribution business. At Upper Lakes Foods, we’ve made a long-term commitment dating back to 1967 to remain a private, family owned and operated food distributor.

Terry Paine and Liza Walker at the 50th Anniversary Spring Food Show, 2017

This decision is just one of many that give us and our customers a competitive advantage.

How does this decision impact you? It means:

Real-time Decisions: Staff holds the ability to make decisions that impact your bottom line on your timeline versus a public board’s meeting timeline.

More Flexibility: We are committed to being as flexible as possible to ensure you meet your goals. This is just one more advantage of joining the ULF Family.

Less Bureaucracy: As a private company, we operate on a lean staff, removing the extra layers of bureaucracy that can be frustrating and divert your attention from what matters most—your bottom line.

Guaranteed Success: The bottom line is the ULF Family genuinely believes our success is measured by your success. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be here today or tomorrow.

Ready to join the Upper Lakes Foods Family? Contact us today!