OUR History

Golden State Foods was founded in 1947 in Southern California, as a small meat company supplying localbusinesses. When the company teamed up with the young McDonald's Corp. in the 1950s, Golden State was on its way to becoming a major player in the food processing and distribution industries. On a handshake and a promise, GSF and McDonald's set out to pursue a dream of the highest standards. Built upon solid values and relationships, the vision was clear: make the best products and provide the best service.

 

Today, more than 75 years later, GSF is one of the world’s largest diversified suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant and retail industries. Yet despite the company’s international expansion and dramatic sales growth, GSF’s high standards have endured decade after decade. From its humble beginnings to its global reach as a leading multi-national corporation, GSF attributes its success to simple, yet demanding principles of quality, service and treating others with respect.

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1950s
1960s
1970s
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1990s
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2010s
2020s
A GI Bill and a Heart Full of Dreams
Formerly called “Pacific Meat and Provision Company” and “Golden State Meat Company,” GSF was founded by Bill Moore... continue
A Handshake and a Promise 
By the early 1950s, annual sales for Golden State had reached $2 million, as it continued to seek opportunities with McDonald’s... continue
From Beef Patties to Big Mac Sauce
As GSF continued to produce beef patties, the ‘60s brought new offerings, including liquid products and distribution... continue
Driving Growth through One-Stop-Shopping
The ‘70s were a time of tremendous growth, as sales grew to more than $337 million. In 1971, GSF opened a distribution center in... continue
Condiments, Produce and Distribution Growth
Growth continued, with GSF sales climbing from $398 million in 1980 to more than $1 billion in 1989. Golden State began to... continue
Going Global, Big Bakery, Product Development
The ‘90s saw GSF’s sales increase from $1 billion to $1.7 billion. The global market became increasingly important to Golden State Foods... continue
Creed and Values, Culture and Community
Beginning the new millennium, Chairman and CEO Mark Wetterau and his executive team formally instituted the GSF Creed... continue
Dairy, Produce, Blockchain and Innovation
By 2010, Golden State Foods had grown to more than 50 brands on five continents. In Liquid Products alone, the growth in the U.S.... continue
Rapid Expansion and a Bright Future
The new decade ushered in tremendous growth for the company. Following the opening of QCD's new corporate headquarters... continue
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GSF: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
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Golden State Foods

       Years
      of 
QUALITY
          SERVICE

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Decades of Service, Built on a
Handshake and a
 PROMISE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A YEAR OF CELEBRATION
January 
February
May
August
September
October
November
Honoring Our People and Customers
Kicking off a series of activities and celebrations.
Celebrating our Enduring Legacy
Our annual Chairman's Challenge Award Ceremony.
Worldwide Facility Celebrations
Events honoring our number one asset: our people.
75th Anniversary Scholarship Winner Announcements
Announcing our 2022 College Scholarship recipients.
GSF Foundation: Day of Service
Helping children and families in need where our associates live and work.
Customer Appreciation
Dedicating our best efforts toward the attainment of our common goals.
Time Capsule Sealing
Packing and sealing ceremony for our Anniversary Time Capsule to be opened in 2047.
OUR ASSOCIATES
What do you value most about GSF?
Hear from some of GSF's 6,000 global associates...
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THE WORLD OF GSF