About Upper Lakes Foods

Message from The President

Thank you for visiting our website! I’m guessing there’s one of two reasons you are visiting our site: you’re evaluating if Upper Lakes Foods is your best option in food service; or, you’re already part of the Upper Lakes Foods family and are seeking creative, cost effective solutions to increase your bottom line. Whichever reason, I’m glad you’re here.

Being a local, family-owned business means we work hard to be more than a supplier. We seek to provide you with solutions to the challenges you face in food service while still focusing on the future and growth of the industry. We believe innovation generates success, and for us, the true marker of success is a satisfied customer. This philosophy, which stems from my father who founded this company, is one that everyone at Upper Lakes Foods seeks to uphold.

Are you ready to continue this conversation? Please call us at 1-800-879-1265 or continue exploring our site to learn more about being part of the Upper Lakes Foods family.

Best wishes in a successful business!

Susan Ryan



Core Company Values

At Upper Lakes Foods we are guided by our core values. It is our mission to conduct ourselves with integrity and cultivate an environment of innovation, collaboration and trust at all times.

Our Core Company Values

  • Strong Work Ethic – We believe in the value of hard work, perseverance and consistency of character.
  • Positive Attitude – We believe in encouraging a flexible, agreeable and well-adjusted work existence that promotes successful outcomes.
  • Integrity – We believe in honesty, truthfulness and consistency of our actions.
  • Team Work – We believe that work done by several individuals combined insures excellence of quality, safety and service.
  • Professional Appearance – We believe in maintaining an appearance that promotes good hygiene, neatness and appropriate business dress.
  • Respectful Interaction – We believe in creating a workplace where employees are treated fairly in a safe and positive environment.

The ULF Advantage

Our Points of Difference

People: A good business starts with good people. At ULF, our sales staff which serve you daily are salaried. This means they focus on delivering quality care to boost your business versus selling product to boost their bottom line.

Place: Timely deliveries are a must in the food business. That’s why, regardless of whether you’re rural or urban, we strive for timely deliveries by professional drivers you can count on.

Product: We’re food fanatics! From the annual Spring Show through our seasonal specialty shows, we love sharing with our customers ideas that are innovative and profitable. We’re always looking for the next “it” product, while priding ourselves on being the best providers of your everyday needs.

Promotion: From table tents, to menu design and dining room layout, our experienced food service marketing team can assist you every step of the way. Add in promotable monthly recipe ideas and suggested theme menus and you’re armed with everything you need to create the ultimate customer experience.

Profit: Markets can change overnight, driving the cost of food up. By partnering with ULF, we keep track and inform you of how to buy the best products at the best price available, so you can focus on boosting your bottom line.

Performance: At the end of the day, we’re here because of you. If you choose to work with ULF, you’re dealing with a team dedicated to your success. It’s simple really – if we are a part of your success, we will continue to do business!