Our dehydrated meals go farther and cost less. Because of the size and dehydrated condition (90% of water has been removed) of each meal, they pack light, are shelf stable (24-month shelf life), and provide more servings per weight, per package. These foods can be classified in three groups according to the main ingredients: Vegetable Blends, Lentil Blends, and Rice Blends. Their preparation only requires water and between 25 to 30 minutes of cooking time.
Since 2015, we no longer dehydrate any of our ingredients in-house. It is more economical for us to purchase ingredients that are already dehydrated.
The majority of our ingredients are purchased in the U.S. because our primary customer, USAID, requires that we purchase ingredients that are American grown. The only ingredient that we buy that is not American grown are carrots. China controls majority of the carrot market, so we purchase them from China, and USAID approves of that decision.
In 1992, Breedlove received a donation of the Litton Industries building (Litton Industries built navigation, communications, and electronic equipment). In 1993, Breedlove held its ribbon-cutting ceremony, officially opening the facility. Then, in 1994, Breedlove’s operations officially began.
Domestic efforts: We work with domestic partners such as the South Plains Food Bank by providing our dry blend products and Vitanut Pro peanut paste product to aid various food programs (ex: SPFB Mobile Pantry). International efforts: We work with international partners such as USAID, SERV International, and Itacate. Through our international partnerships we are able to help meet nations’ hunger needs whether it’s: due to a natural/man-made disaster or simply aiding hungry people through various food programs within the country.
During the early 1990s, the SPFB received bulk loads of donated vegetables from area growers due to cosmetic defects or poor market conditions. The SPFB could only use a small percentage of the food due to its short shelf life and lack of storage capacity. As a result, community leaders agreed on the concept of building a nonprofit dehydration plant to process and make the food shelf-stable for later distribution. In 1994, Breedlove, the first commercial-sized not-for-profit food processing plant in the world, was completed entirely with local community donations.
Breedlove serves food-insecure communities in the United States and in over 67 countries around the world.
Breedlove develops and produces domestic and international food products, with the help of our in-house food scientist, quality assurance team, and production team. We then ship our food to areas of need, including to hunger-stricken communities around the globe, areas affected by natural disaster or war, and other areas (including local U.S. communities) where people are experiencing hunger or food shortage.
Breedlove was founded by Mary Louise Breedlove Kingsbery, former South Plains Food Bank (SPFB) board member. Her original vision for Breedlove was to utilize fruits and vegetables donated to the SPFB and dehydrate them. The mission began to broaden its local mission internationally when we produced and provided food relief to a faith-based organization working in North Korea in 1997.
Breedlove’s ribbon cutting was in 1993, and operations officially began in 1994.