Donald Skloff began working behind the counter of a busy Philadelphia delicatessen when he was just eight years old. There, he learned how to prepare salads and other foods that kept the customers coming back for more.
Inspired by this reaction, Don started his salad company, Don’s Food Products, in 1970 in his home kitchen. He and his wife, Roz, immediately became busy making their uniquely delectable chopped chicken liver, which Don sold to every area delicatessen. Made with fresh, quality ingredients and homemade care, Don’s first product was an instant success.
Don’s son Victor Skloff, who assumed leadership of the company in 1980, has expanded its product line substantially. Today, Don’s offers over 150 varieties of equally delicious high-quality salads, plus dozens of other superb ready-to-serve foods, including grain salads, gourmet cream cheese spreads, dips, and desserts.
To satisfy increased demand, the company’s base of operations has also expanded- first to a 1400 square foot, USDA certified plant, then to a facility ten times that size, where Don’s Food Products was based from 1987 until 2003. Don’s currently operates out of a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. These moves have further ensured that Don’s products consistently meet the most rigorous standards of quality control and customer service. Most orders are now shipped within 24 hours, yet they are still made with the same loving care that Donald Skloff applied in his home kitchen.
In 2014, Victor’s daughter Melanie Skloff joined the company as third generation to focus on product development and innovation. Shortly after, a new brand was created called Melanie’s Medleys, a line of non GMO Artisan grain breakfast bowls and deliciously handcrafted cream cheese, to meet the growing demands of health, wellness, and convenience. In 2017, the company decided to mix these new demands with its leadership, and developed a line of deli salads made without artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, called Artisan Deli.
Today Don’s Food Products can be found in gourmet food stores, supermarkets, restaurants, delis, hospitals, schools and military installations. By maintaining Donald Skloff’s legacy, Don’s Food Products has become one of the top selling salad and prepared foods manufacturers on the East coast, as it continues its innovative flow of products focused on high quality and food safety, and demands of health, wellness, and convenience, in the years to come.