Pat Hunn, President and Owner, First Place Foods LLC
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President and Owner

Local Address: Garland, Texas, United States
Company Description: First Place Foods, LLC was formed in October 2006 through the acquisition of Goldin Pickle Company, established in 1923 in Dallas, Texas. Largely focused on the...   more
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • BBA , Marketing
    Baylor University

Biography

  • 30 year career in packaged goods industry.  Married to Cyndy in 1980.  We have 2 children.  Collin 26 yrs. old (BU 2005), and Whitney 24 yrs. old (BU 2007).  
    
    Active in FBC Celina, and participate in sports when possible.
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First Place Foods | News
www.focus-foods.com [cached]
Hunn's is busy creating new products and expanding our distribution. Check this section to find out what great things are going on with Hunn's right now, or maybe you can find out when Hunn's is set to enter your marketing area.
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Hunn's withdraws Pickles and Pickle Relish from Market
04/02/2007
Celina, TX. Pat Hunn, owner and founder of Focus Foods, Inc., makers of Hunn's Private Stock Pickles and Relish announced that due to the unforeseen closing of their co-packer, that Hunn's Private ...
Read More First Place Foods adds a Partner
01/02/2007
Garland, Tx. Pat Hunn, President of First Place Foods, LLC just announced the addition of a new partner to his new firm. John Wilson, formerly with Noveau Eye Wear, joins Hunn and Stephen Collette a ...
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Pat Hunn Acquires Goldin Pickle Company
10/18/2006
Pat Hunn, founder and president of Focus Foods, Inc. based in Celina, TX has announced his acquisition of Goldin Pickle Company in Garland, TX. Focus Foods, Inc. is the maker of Hunn's Private Stock ...
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Celina, Texas (May 3, 2006) Pat Hunn, President and founder of Focus Foods, Inc. has recently announced the launch of a new brand under the Focus Foods, Inc. parent company. Hunn is introducin ...
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Pat Hunn is remaking the pickle business his way. After 23 years in a business where he is considered the "pickle expert" by many food industry insiders, Hunn introduced a new line of premium pickles ...
Reat More Feature Story: Pat Hunn, Pickle Entrepreneur
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PAT HUNN - President/Founder Hunn's Private Stock Pickles
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While some may call it the work of fate or the inevitable outcome of one's destiny, Pat Hunn is certain of one thing: whatever it was that led him to follow in his father's footsteps must have been a ...
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In Pat Hunn's case, his Dad purchased a brand and a recipe for a specialty pickle ...
Reat More Texas "Pickle King" Pat Hunn Introduces New Line Of Hunn's Private Stock Premium Pickles
12/12/2005
Pat Hunn is back in the pickle business. Considered the "pickle expert" by many food industry insiders, Hunn has introduced a new line of premium pickles called Hunn's Private Stock. Produced by pa ...
First Place Foods | Press Clippings
www.focus-foods.com, 12 Nov 2008 [cached]
Get to know Pat Hunn, President and Founder of Focus Foods and Hunn's Private Stock in the Dallas Business Journa; "Face Time" column.
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Hunn's Private Stock products are available at upscale grocery stores and were recently launched throughout New York City.
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This article, featured in My Business magazine is Pat Hunn's first hand account of working for corporate giant, and what brought back him back to entreprenuerism.
First Place Foods | News
www.focus-foods.com, 12 Nov 2008 [cached]
Hunn's is busy creating new products and expanding our distribution. Check this section to find out what great things are going on with Hunn's right now, or maybe you can find out when Hunn's is set to enter your marketing area.
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Pat Hunn, President and founder of First Place Foods, LLC enthusiastically announced his plan to expand the tank yard capacity by at least 50% this year. Hunn said "It is absolutely necessary. We're growing rapidly and our customer base is becoming very diversified. We have to expand if we're going to keep up". Hunn and partner John Wilson have been working tirelessly to maximize the available space to put into place brand new 1000 bushel tanks in the re-designed tank yard.
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It' really satisfying to see things begin to come together the way Pat and I envisioned this last year. This tank yard expansion will only be the first of what we hope will be many more to come."
First Place Foods, LLC has been able to secure new customers in all of the major restaurant formats in the south. Hunn is proud to say that they supply the best of the best when it comes to their customers. Hunn said "of course this is just my opinion, but I think we now supply the best hamburger chain, the best steak house, the BBQ restaurants, the best institutional customers, and we are working hard on the best hot dog restaurant. Oh, yeah we also supply the best university (Baylor) with their pickles and relish for their on-campus dining halls."
These are indeed exciting times for the pickle maker. In addition to their rapidly expanding customer base and their aggressive facility expansion, Hunn and Wilson are also planning to re-launch the popular Hunn's Private Stock retail brand of pickles and relish.
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Hunn would only say "we are definitely excited about the plans to re-launch our retail brand. I can't say much more about it right now, but let's just say we are making several improvements to an already great product. All those people that have been writing and calling me wanting to know when and where they can get more Hunn's will definitely be pleased." Hunn wouldn't go any further about the planned re-launch except to say "We're getting close.
First Place Foods | News
www.focus-foods.com, 1 Sept 2006 [cached]
Hunn's is busy creating new products and expanding our distribution. Check this section to find out what great things are going on with Hunn's right now, or maybe you can find out when Hunn's is set to enter your marketing area.
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Pat Hunn, owner of Focus Foods, Inc. and a 1979 graduate of Baylor University has a real passion for pickles and for Baylor University. Hunn graduated with a degree in marketing from Baylor and has been a long time proponent of the university and the Baylor Bears. Hunn's daughter Whitney is a senior at Baylor and is majoring in Pro Sports, Sales, and Marketing. His son Collin was a 2005 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. He is presently employed by Kaye Bassman, an Executive Search firm located in Plano, TX.
Hunn says being the "official" pickle of Baylor Football is just the beginning of a closer business relationship with the university. Hunn said "I hope to be able to put Hunn's Private Stock Pickles and Relish" in every venue affiliated with Baylor, from the concession stands at athletic events to the dorm cafeterias". Hunn also added that he sees this as an opportunity that can expand and be applied to other schools and universities. Hunn said "the way I see it, each year one-fourth of the students enter the workforce. If we can get these students hooked on Hunn's, we have a whole new group of consumers each and every year".
Hunn is also excited about his sponsorship of Baylor Football for another reason. He said "it's about Baylor people helping Baylor people. All things being equal, shouldn't our school, our alumni, and our students want to help fellow Baylor people? If Baylor is going to serve pickles anyway, why not Hunn's?
The sponsorship currently involves only Baylor University Football, but Hunn would like to extend the relationship to cover other major sports as well as dorm cafeterias.
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Hunn said "we are hoping to put a big pickle just over the outfield wall, and if a Baylor player hits a home run and hits the pickle, everyone in attendance is entitled to a free Hunn's pickle" Hunn added "pickles are a fun food. You have to have fun when you sell pickles for a career. Who knows what new ideas lie ahead to promote Hunn's pickles and Baylor University?
First Place Foods | News
www.focus-foods.com, 18 Oct 2006 [cached]
Hunn's is busy creating new products and expanding our distribution. Check this section to find out what great things are going on with Hunn's right now, or maybe you can find out when Hunn's is set to enter your marketing area.
Pat Hunn Acquires Goldin Pickle Company
10/18/2006
Pat Hunn, founder and president of Focus Foods, Inc. based in Celina, TX has announced his acquisition of Goldin Pickle Company in Garland, TX. Focus Foods, Inc. is the maker of Hunn's Private Stock Pickles and Relish.
Hunn said this about the acquisition of Goldin Pickle Company "This is a great opportunity. This is the first time that I have been in position to make my own products instead of using a co-packer. It's going to be a new challenge, and one that I am looking forward to.
Hunn began working on the acquisition as far back as March. Hunn said "I began talking to Steve Collette about perhaps joining our companies together to form a new pickle venture that I had in mind.
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Hunn said the factory is really intriguing "Steve did a great job designing this plant. He thought of a lot of clever ideas to incorporate into making this plant very functional for it's present needs, but also with future growth in mind. You know there aren't many new pickle factories in the U.S. In fact, our facility may well be newest pickle factory in the country".
Hunn convinced Collette to join him in the new company, named First Place Foods, LLC. Collette was eager to join forces with Hunn as well, saying "Pat and I have known each other for some time. We both grew up in the pickle business and share a combined 60 years experience in the industry. This deal just made a lot of sense. I was ready for a new challenge. Pat and I share the same passion for pickles, but we believe our combined individual talents should serve our new company well. We're both really excited".
In addition to making pickles and relish for the foodservice and institutional trade, Hunn hopes to cash in on his experience with retail stores and club stores to grow in that area as well. Perhaps the single biggest idea that Hunn wants to seize is in the emerging Refrigerated Dill category. Hunn believes that the North Texas location gives First Place Foods, LLC a competitve advantage for year-round sourcing of raw cucumbers. Hunn said "most of the refrigerated pickles in this market come from the midwest or east coast. Howeer, for several months of the year the cucumbers they are using come from Mexico or South Texas. In etiher case, we are much closer to the source of cucumbers, so we should be more competitively priced due to the reduction in freight costs of raw product as well as finished product. We fully intend to be a major player in the Refrigerated Pickle category."
The new First Place Foods, LLC is located just off of Centerville Rd, south of S.H. 66 in Garland, Tx. Hunn intends to quickly transporm the factory into a diversified manufacturing facility. He already has designs on several pieces of new equipment, and upgreades to the infrastructure of the facility will soon be underway. Hunn summed up his feelings in just two words, "I'm excited".
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