October 06, 2014 // Franchising.com // ALBANY, Ore - Izzy's restaurants, a Northwest family favorite for more than 35 years, will significantly add to its menu of classic comfort foods made with locally grown foods with the addition of 14 new soups, each produced locally by NORPAC Foods, a farmer-owned cooperative and leading producer of fruit and vegetable products.
"We take great pride in working with local farmers and purveyors," said Dave Freeman, president, Izzy's. "NORPAC's growing and processing standards provide us the product integrity and consistency that we promise to our loyal customers."
Managers at Izzy's 18 locations, which stretch from Central Oregon to Olympia, Washington, recently toured several farms owned by NORPAC growers to learn more about the vegetables that will be staple ingredients in the new soups, as well as to see first-hand the sustainable growing practices that are guiding principles for NORPAC farmers.
NORPAC is a cooperative owned by 240 family farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, which provides frozen and canned vegetables and fruit, along with soups and other value added products, to the foodservice, retail, club store, remanufacture and export market segments. Originally established as Stayton Canning Company in 1924, NORPAC has grown to now operate processing and packaging facilities in Stayton, Salem, Brooks and Hermiston, Oregon, along with Quincy, Washington. Visit www.NORPAC.com.
Famous since 1979 for its award-winning pizza, Izzy's is one of the Northwest region's most popular family restaurants. The company's 18 locations offer an affordable dining experience that includes full salad bar, hot food buffet, pizza, and dessert bars – along with recently added walk-up grills and on-site scratch bakeries. The company's inviting, family-style format allows patrons to sample a variety of special Northwest recipes made from fresh, local ingredients. Visit www.izzysonline.com.