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November 6-12

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Savannah Food & Wine Festival

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August 18

Friday, August 18th, 2017

2017 Can Can Ball

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August 16

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

PAC The Rooftop

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Atlanta Back 2 School Food Festival

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

August 5

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Georgia Restaurant Week

Monday, July 17th, 2017

July 17-23

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FPL Food’s Fresh Idea

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

It’s only a five-hour drive from FPL Food’s Augusta headquarters to Thomasville. Through a few small towns, green forests and expanses of farmland, you’re finally greeted with a similarly innocuous building: the FPL Food Further Processing facility, humming along and changing the beef industry in the Southeast.

“Grilling is a tradition in Georgia,” remarks FPL Food Founder and President François Léger. “In the evening, when it’s cooler outside, you can smell the charcoal wafting on the air in my neighborhood. We can’t exactly be the Southeast’s local beef without burgers.”

The Thomasville location is a natural extension of Léger’s vision for Georgia-born, bred, fed and processed cattle, sold direct to regional retail and foodservice operations—a vision that has transformed FPL Food into the number-one privately owned processor of fresh beef in the region.

The system is simple: FPL Food takes quality raw material from right down the road and processes it to meet every customer’s needs. Portion control steaks, marinated items, private label and branded products…it’s all done here. A point of pride for Léger, though, is their fresh and frozen patty capabilities.

“Grinds are a priority,” Léger says. “It’s all about freshness and for freshness, location is everything. The efficiency we have, the quality we have—there’s nothing like it in the area.”

It’s a distinction in quality that’s drawing a growing base of customers from foodservice and retail to FPL Food. “It’s my mission to get beef on all those grills,” Léger laughs. From the look of things, he’s well on his way.

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National Restaurant Assoc Show

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

May 20-23

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Food that Rocks

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

May 6

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Taste of Marietta

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

April 30

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Bonjour, y’all

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

New Savannah Road is typical of Augusta: two lanes of asphalt flanked by ponds and kudzu-dotted forest. On this ordinary road, FPL Food is doing something exceptional.

FPL Foods steak“I moved to Augusta in 2004, after travelling all over the world for work,” François Léger, founder and president of FPL Food, explains. Genial and high-energy, Léger’s lively accent cuts a wide swath through the din of southern drawls.

“In France, we would raise the cattle, feed them and harvest them all in the same area. Looking around, the environment in Georgia is similar to many successful cattle feeding regions I’ve seen around the world. I started to think ‘why are we not doing this here?’ So that’s what we did.”

Carrying this passion of provincial farming to Georgia, Léger has established FPL Food as Georgia’s best-kept secret: a distinctly local product of—and for—the Southeast.

As the number-one privately owned processor of fresh beef in the region, FPL Food delivers products from Georgia-born, bred, fed and processed cattle direct to regional retail and foodservice operations. And frankly, the simplicity seemed a bit crazy at the inception.

“Here in the states, industrialization has led to the beef industry being very segmented,” Léger said. “Transportation is the big thing. You raise cattle one place, then for grain, you transport them to the Midwest to be finished and processed. After all that work, you finally have product sent back.

“It’s exhausting, for the cattle and for the business. I saw the opportunity to acquire our facility in Augusta and take a more comprehensive approach. It just made sense.”

While FPL Food was making a name among retailers as a ground beef operation, Léger and his team of globally-recruited experts began perfecting the art of raising cattle in the Southeast. A constant student of best practices, he worked on developing local forage and grain-growing operations. “At its heart, it’s about the breed, the feed and the care.”

Now in its 13th year, FPL Food spans three locations and boasts a variety of Georgia-grown beef products. As the only source for cattle processing in the region, Léger has a deep commitment to continue fueling the local economy for cattlemen and the more than 700 employees at FPL Food.

“It’s really great to do so much with the tools and talent we have. I am lucky enough to have found a situation, found a place, where I can realize a dream of mine and help be part of something bigger.”

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