MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, is expanding its protein business and is proud to announce it is the first redistributor to offer fresh beef patties nationwide with a 10-14 day shelf life guarantee, through a new partnership with WW Johnson Meat Company.  Dot is also now offering smoked meats from Eddy Packing, Inc.

"Our new fresh patty program is a revolutionary step for Dot's protein business.  Our distributors will now be able to expand their own product offerings and grow their businesses now that they will have fresh patties to offer to their customers for the first time," said Rodd Willis, director of protein sales & purchasing at Dot Foods. "Both suppliers add value to our product offering and we think our customers will be pleased with the new line of products we can offer."

Dot customers can now choose from six fresh ground beef patty offerings at nationally-delivered pricing with a 10-14 day shelf life guarantee, while most fresh patty programs offer a shorter shelf life guarantee. "Delivery of the fresh ground beef patties started on June 11, 2012 and customers can order these items weekly with normal stocked-item lead times," said Willis.  Customers may qualify for samples if they wish to try the new offerings first.

"Our partnership with Dot helps us expand our reach and grow our business," said Cory Plys, director of sales at WW Johnson. "We're excited and proud that customers across the country will now be able to taste our fresh ground beef patties thanks to this new partnership with Dot Foods."

Dot's distributor customers will also have access to a premium assortment of smoked meats through Eddy Packing, including frozen turkey legs, smoked brisket, smoked sausage and fajita meat. Eddy products became available through Dot at the end of May.

"Eddy Packing is excited about this new partnership with Dot Foods and foresees this as the next and best step for our company to get our products nationwide in the fastest, most efficient manner as possible," said David Taylor, Eddy's vice president of sales.

The arrangement enables Eddy to ship products to all 50 states with the shortest amount of lead time while reducing the need for customers to hit Eddy order minimums.

"We're looking forward to our partnership with Eddy Packing," Willis said. "They offer very high-quality smoked meat items that were not previously available from Dot Foods until now.  We think their product offering will be a hit with our customer base."

About WW Johnson Meat Company

Founded in 1946, WW Johnson Meat Company is a Minnesota-based producer of premium quality ground beef products that can be found at your favorite local restaurants. In addition the providing the best tasting product, WW Johnson is committed to providing the safest product. WW Johnson consistently meets and exceeds all government-supervised programs. Their internal Process Control Plans result in safe, fresh and great-tasting ground beef. For more information visit wwjmeat.com.

About Eddy Packing, Inc.

Headquartered in Yoakum, Texas, Eddy is a broadly diversified premier processor of beef, pork and poultry products. The company offers a complete line of fully cooked, marinated, cured, fresh and frozen meat products, such as smoked sausage, fajita meat, pulled beef/pork/chicken, ribs, pork chops/loins, chicken breast, brisket and other meat products. In addition to owning the largest branded meat portfolio in its region, Eddy offers private label products to major retailers and foodservice distributors. For more information visit eddypacking.com.

About Dot Foods

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 600 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.