$20,000 Awarded to Santa Rosa Local and Redwood Empire Food Bank From Carl Buddig & Company

National Recipe Contest Supports Company Mission to Feed Family

Buddig & Company
is awarding Redwood
Empire Food Bank
and Amy Meiers, a local Santa Rosa resident,
$10,000 each as part of the company’s first national “Make It Delish
Recipe Contest.” The Make It Delish Recipe Contest tasked consumers with
submitting a recipe using Buddig and/or Old Wisconsin products and a
secret ingredient for a chance to win monthly prizes as well as the
$10,000 Grand Prize. In addition to Meiers’ grand-prize winnings, her
primary grocer, G&G
, was also awarded $10,000 to donate to a charity of its
choice, Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Beginning October 1, 2015, three recipes were awarded first-, second-
and third- place prizes by a panel of judges each month through December
2015. Meiers’ submission placed third in the month of December and was
voted the grand-prize winner by the general public from the top nine
recipes throughout the contest. More than 1,000 entries were accrued
throughout the duration of contest.

Carl Buddig & Company and Old Wisconsin are owned and operated by the
Buddig family, and for them, family is at the heart of everything they
do. As a family-owned company for more than 73 years, they value the
importance of family traditions, especially during mealtime.

“Each year we honor this commitment to feeding family traditions by
participating in a variety of cause-marketing programs, monthly
donations to charities and organizations, and through consumer
promotions,” said Tom Buddig, executive vice president of marketing for
Carl Buddig & Company. “The Make It Delish Recipe Contest provides
families an opportunity to be creative in the kitchen, spend quality
time together and pass on their family traditions to others with their
recipe submission. The grocer and food charity component is something
new for us, and we feel it aligns well with our mission as a company.”

The idea of family traditions is also reflected in Meiers’ story — the
31-year-old California native grew up on Buddig lunchmeat. “My mom used
to buy Buddig lunchmeat when I was little,” Meiers said. “This was
always a special treat because we normally got cafeteria lunch at
school. I still buy it for my husband — he’s a firefighter and makes his
own lunches while he’s on his shift. The Buddig Original packs are
perfect for him!”

After hearing about the Make It Delish Recipe Contest, Meiers wanted to
create something that would be fun and easy to make with her son and
that other families could make with their children. Meiers’ love for
roasted red bell peppers on her sandwiches inspired her
grand-prize-winning recipe — Ham and Pepper Twisters (view the recipe here).

Meiers is a frequent shopper of G&G Supermarket in Santa Rosa,
California, so as the primary grocer, G&G was also awarded $10,000 from
Carl Buddig & Company to donate to a food charity of its choice, Redwood
Empire Food Bank.

“Redwood Empire Food Bank is a staple in our community,” said Carol
Lowe-Drake of G&G Supermarkets. “The organization has a variety of
programs that extend to not only the Santa Rosa community but the entire
north coast of California — from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. We
know the donation to Redwood Empire Food Bank will continue to help feed
families and provide relief for those in the area.”

Since 1987, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has been dedicated to ending
hunger in communities by providing accessible nutrition assistance to
anyone in need.

To learn more about the Make It Delish Recipe Contest and view the other
winning recipes, please visit www.buddigpromos.com.

About Carl Buddig & Company

Based in Homewood, Illinois, Carl Buddig & Company has been feeding
family traditions for more than 73 years with the very best in taste,
variety and convenience. Carl Buddig & Company is the family-owned
parent company of Buddig lunchmeat and Old Wisconsin hardwood-smoked
sausage and snack products. Buddig offers an assortment of quality,
thin-sliced lean meats for sandwiches, snacks and special recipes
including Buddig Original, Premium Deli and Fix Quix®
products. Old Wisconsin sausage and meat snack products are handcrafted
and smoked over real hardwood fires. To learn more, visit www.buddig.com and
of the media are encouraged to visit www.buddig.new-media-release.com
for company information, images and more.


Jacobson Rost
Samantha Colla