Tom Whited Retires After 12.5 Years

Tom Whited, an Account Executive at Dennis Paper & Food Service, is retiring this month after twelve and a half years of service. During that time he not only helped our company grow, he helped many hard-working foodservice operators grown their businesses as well.

The 2019 Dennis Difference Award

Congratulations to Steve Ropiak, this year’s Dennis Difference Award winner! At work and in his community, Steve always goes the extra mile and epitomizes the true spirit of what the Dennis Difference Award is all about…

2018 Safety Person of the Year

Throughout our safety program’s almost 7 year history, there have been many nominees and many of those have even received multiple nominations. Such is the case for this year’s Safety Person of the Year winner. 

Welcome Chef Tim Labonte

Award-winning chef Tim Labonte has joined Dennis Paper & Food Service in the newly established position of Corporate Chef. Previously, Tim was Regional Executive Chef for Maine Properties in charge of all culinary departments at the Portland Harbor Hotel, Inn at Diamond Cove and the Diamonds Edge Restaurant. Tim earned his culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1999 before beginning his career as a sous chef at the Key West Hilton Resort & Marina in Key West, Florida…

National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week 2018

This week, September 9-15, 2018 the nation takes time to recognize and thank the men and women who conquer our roads every day, rain or shine. If it wasn’t for their hard work in all manner of weather and conditions, our businesses simply wouldn’t run the same. At Dennis alone, our drivers are on the road 6 days a week; up before dawn transporting food to New England’s favorite places to dine! Our fleet travels over 1 million miles per year delivering millions of cases. “Thank You!” We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing team of drivers!

June 14th is Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

2017 Safety Person of the Year

One of the best things I get to do as the Safety Guy at Dennis Paper & Food Service is recognize exceptional employees who work hard and do it safely. I’m proud to say that a culture of safety exists among our team, something that shows with our safety record and the fact that (as of today) we are 1035 days without a lost-time accident or injury. Employees who show up every day and do their job well, and do it safely, help make my job a lot easier…

2018 Dennis Difference Award

The Dennis Difference Award is presented to one deserving employee each year. This person is nominated by their peers. Among several considerations, the award is voted on and honors the employee’s distinguished commitment to upholding our company values.

Webinar: Plat-Based Nutrition

Making Plant-Based Eating Doable and Desirable in K-12 and Healthcare Webinar: Thursday, March 8, 2018: 2-3 PM Eastern. Attend this webinar to explore the growing trend of plant based diets and examine their nutritional adequacy in K-12 and Healthcare as well as visualize enticing ways to prepare veggie cuisine.

Dennis named MERA 2018 Allied Member of the Year

“From the finest meats and cheeses, to compostable cups, to fried clams, Dennis Paper & Food Service plays a key role in the restaurant biz. Employee owned since 2015, the Hampden-based food service company has its heart in the right place.”

2017 Festival of Lights Parade

Last year we took home a trophy for Best in Show for a corporate entry. This year we said that we were defending our title and we meant it! The 2017 Dennis Paper & Food Service float took home the gold for Best Commercial Entry and Best Overall Entry! An impressive feat, as our float beat out over 80 other entries.

800 Days of Safety First!

From our drivers who deal with all sorts of weather conditions, ramps and heavy freight, and are in and out of the trucks all day; to our Account Executives with slippery sidewalks and long hours spent driving throughout their territories; to our operations team working with heavy machinery and heavy freight in their work areas; to all the office staff that deal with repetitive motion all day long.

2017 Dennis Difference Award

The Dennis Difference Award is presented to one deserving employee each year. This person is nominated by their peers. Among several considerations, the award is voted on and honors the employee’s distinguished commitment to upholding our company values.

2nd Major Expansion in 5 Years Draws to a Close

As the 2017 summer season approaches, we are only weeks away from finishing our eight month expansion project. Construction is complete and the refrigeration has been turned on. It’s now only a matter of a few finishing touches.

Dennis P&FS Honored by Business Community at Annual Dinner

This past Friday (1-27-17) over eleven hundred people from twenty one surrounding communities eagerly joined together to honor area businesses and individuals at the the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, for the 2017 BRCC Awards Dinner. As part of the award presentation, the fine folks at Rudman Winchell, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and […]

2016 Business of the Year

The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce has named Dennis Paper & Food Service the 2016 Business of the Year. The company will be honored at the BRCC Annual Awards Dinner on January 27, 2017.

Here we grow again – Second Expansion in 4 years!

Dennis Paper & Food Service, an Employee Owned Company, is breaking ground on a 30,000 square foot warehouse expansion at their Hampden, Maine, location. The new space will accommodate Dennis Paper & Food Service’s continued growth. This is the second expansion in nearly 4 years. A 20,000 square foot expansion was completed in 2012. Ron […]

FDA issued two notices regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA Extends Certain FSMA Compliance Dates; Issues Draft Guidance The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, with the first major compliance dates beginning next month for large food facilities. While the major provisions of the FSMA rules are being implemented as planned, the FDA […]

New Online Ordering

We’ve been hard at work on an improved online ordering experience for our customers, and now the wait is over. The new Dennis Express 3.0 Online Ordering website is now live and ready to use. What are some of the new features? Updated User Interface designed with speed and efficiency in mind Faster Searches Easier […]

How to Prepare for New Federal Overtime Rules

The Department of Labor rules don’t go into effect until Dec. 1. Now is a good time to start planning. Restaurant operators across the country should be taking a hard look at their overtime-exempt staff in preparation for new federal rules scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1. The U.S. Department of Labor in May […]

2015 Key Distributor of the Year

Dennis Paper & Food Service, Hampden, Maine, received the UniPro Foodservice 2015 Key Distributor Award at UniPro’s Spring Purchasing Conference in Tampa, Florida (March 21-24, 2016). UniPro CEO Bob Stewart presented the award at UniPro’s annual Awards Luncheon held this year in the Tampa Convention Center. The UniPro Key Distributor Award recognizes UniPro member companies […]