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Made In Oklahoma - Griffin Foods - Making it Local

Griffin Foods is a Made in Oklahoma company that can trace its roots back all the way to near statehood.
Made In Oklahoma - Griffin Foods - Making it Local

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Show 1204: Made In Oklahoma - Griffin Foods - Making it Local

Air date: January 22, 2012

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL GRIFFIN FOODS IS A MADE IN OKLAHOMA COMPANY THAT CAN TRACE ITS ROOTS BACK ALL THE WAY TO NEAR STATEHOOD.  WITH MORE HERE’S OUR ALISA HINES.

ALISA HINES:  GROWING UP, GRIFFIN’S MUSTARD WAS ALWAYS A STAPLE IN OUR HOUSE, AND IT STILL IS TODAY.  ALONG WITH THEIR SYRUP, THIS MADE IN OKLAHOMA PRODUCT IS LIKE AN OLD FRIEND AT DINNERTIME.

INSIDE THIS PLANT IN MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA, YOU CAN FIND EVERYTHING FROM SWEET TO SOUR.

CRAIG DUNCAN:  WE HAVE A LINE OF TABLE SYRUPS, VANILLA, MOLASSES, YELLOW MUSTARD, AND A NEW JALAPENO MUSTARD.

ALISA:  A FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY THAT DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, CRAIG DUNCAN, SAYS IS PART OF THE MADE IN OKLAHOMA COALITION.

CRAIG:  IT’S A GREAT ORGANIZATION FOR US TO BE A PART OF.  IT’S PROFITABLE FOR US, AS WELL AS, IT GIVES THE CONSUMERS IN OKLAHOMA SOMETHING TO LOOK AT AND SAY HEY, THAT PRODUCT WAS MADE IN OKLAHOMA.  AND IT KIND OF BUILDS PRIDE AND EXCITEMENT WITH THE OKLAHOMA CONSUMER; AND EVEN THOSE CONSUMERS THAT MAY BE A PAST RESIDENT OF OKLAHOMA THAT MAY SEE IT ELSEWHERE.

ALISA:  FOUNDED IN 1908 BY TWO BROTHERS, JOHN T AND CHARLES M GRIFFIN.  THEY BEGAN SELLING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO PEOPLE IN AND AROUND MCALESTER, OKLAHOMA.  AFTER CHARLES GRIFFIN DIED IN 1915, THE COMPANY BEGAN MANUFACTURING COFFEE BEFORE MOVING TO ITS CURRENT HOME IN MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA, IN 1923.

CRAIG:  THE REASON WE’LL STAY IN OKLAHOMA AND LIKE TO BE IN OKLAHOMA, IS ONE THE PEOPLE, IT’S A GREAT, GREAT COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE IN THE WHOLE STATE.  AND THEN ALSO FROM AN ADVANTAGE, WE HAVE A CENTRAL LOCATION TO WHERE WE CAN SHIP TO THE SURROUNDING STATES AND HIT OTHER POSSIBLE BUSINESSES.

ALISA:  FOR NEARLY AS LONG AS OKLAHOMA HAS BEEN A STATE, GRIFFIN FOODS HAS BEEN HELPING FEED ITS PEOPLE.  A TRADITION THEY HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF STICKING TO.

TODAY, GRIFFIN FOODS HAS EXPANDED BEYOND THE ORIGINAL WALLS, STEPPING ACROSS THE BORDER TO SERVE PEOPLE IN 15 STATES WITH ANNUAL SALES IN THE MILLIONS.  GRIFFIN’S SYRUP CONTINUES TO BE THEIR TOP SELLING PRODUCT, AND THEY’VE EVEN TURNED TO SCIENCE TO ENSURE EVERY BATCH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL FAMILY RECIPE; ALL PART OF A DEDICATION TO QUALITY THAT THE COMPANY SAYS IS KEY WHEN IT COMES TO CONSUMERS.