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Basic American Foods Overview

Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Basic American Foods is a successful 85-year-old company with a startup mentality. We are a growing retail and foodservice business that’s dedicated to providing delicious and innovative products to kitchens, cafeterias and dining rooms throughout the U.S., such as ... Read more

Mission: Our supportive and collaborative culture is driven by our mission and vision—to make real food heroes every day by providing our customers with foods that are delicious to eat, easy to prepare and accessible to all; and to create a world full of mealtime ... Read more

Company Updates

  • On Friday, May 17, our consumer foods team volunteered at Loaves and Fishes, an organization that serves over 100,000 meals each year to people throughout Contra Costa County.

    Our team helped with meal prep (lots of vegetable and fruit chopping!), serving the meal, and cleaning up. It was a rewarding experience and they enjoyed doing it as a team! We encourage all salaried employees to take advantage of our Service Day program and to Make Things Better in the communities where we work and live.

    Living Our Values: Consumer Foods Service Day - Basic American Foods - Corporate

    On Friday, May 17, our consumer foods team volunteered at two Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa locations, Antioch and Martinez. Loaves and Fishes prepares nutritious, hot meals at a kitchen in Pittsburg and provides free meals at four locations Monday through Friday.

  • Basic American Foods proudly hosted the 22nd Annual Taste the Trends™ Tour in Chicago on May 18, 2019, during the National Restaurant Association Show. This invitation-only event is a highlight for many of our operator customer attendees. This year, the tour kicked off at Chicago’s new luxe food hall, Aster Hall, which featured 16 food vaults and various cuisines to explore. Additional stops included The Little Beet Table, Bar Ramone, and Mr. Maki. The tour will be featured in upcoming issues of Foodservice Director and Restaurant Business magazines.

    Visit our Pinterest page to check out more photos from the event!

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Basic American Foods – Why Work For Us?

What began as a modest dehydration plant in California back in 1933 has become a market leader in the foodservice space and an innovator in the health and wellness retail category. From shelf-stable, crowd-pleasing potatoes and beans to protein-packed pastas, our portfolio of plant-based foods that are easy to make and easy to love is helping create a world full of mealtime victories in kitchens and dining rooms across the world.

We are committed to our employees’ success and cultivating both their professional development and personal well-being. We offer our employees challenging work in an environment in which they can create meaningful impact, as well as encourage a work-life balance and healthy lifestyle through company-sponsored programs.

At Basic American Foods, it all boils down to loving what we do. A love for great food, for helping our customers and employees succeed, for working hard and winning together, and for making a difference within our company and the communities in which we live.

We are guided by our deep belief in integrity and we hold ourselves and each other accountable in our work, while always maintaining dignity and respect. Our supportive and collaborative culture is driven by our mission and vision—to make real food heroes every day.

In 1933, brothers Jack and Bill Hume set up a modest dehydration processing plant in Vacaville, California, using a technology that was later applied to potatoes. This was the beginning of Basic American Foods.

In the mid-1950s, Basic American Foods established a potato processing plant in Blackfoot, Idaho, where the first instant potato product that could be rehydrated with boiling water was developed. This led to a series of innovative potato products for the foodservice industry that includes the brands Potato Pearls®, Golden Grill®, Classic Casserole® and Savory Series™. As the company grew, additional plants were built in Idaho and Washington.

In response to a customer need for laborsaving quick-prep beans, Basic American Foods introduced Santiago® Refried Beans in 1986. The technology that created this authentic-tasting bean product is now being applied to Santiago® Black Beans and Santiago® Quick-Start® Chili.

Today, Basic American Foods is led by Jack's sons, George and Jerry. With nearly 40 patents to its credit, Basic American Foods is an acknowledged leader in research and development, earning universal respect for innovation, quality and customer service. The company continues to grow, staying focused on its customers and looks to the future with confidence.

At Basic American Foods we take pride in our long-standing reputation of giving back to the communities where we live and work. We have an extensive history of philanthropic support to community organizations, employee volunteerism and responsible corporate citizenship. Community-driven giving provides support to vital community organizations and events that significantly contribute to the quality of life in those regions, regardless of their direct relationship to Basic American Foods. We are proud to be an active part of our communities through contributions and volunteer efforts. Our primary areas of focus are hunger relief, education and public safety.

Hunger Relief

Our company is a strong supporter and partner of many local food banks. We donate our products to help feed families in need and every year our employees donate money to help the Feeding America and United Way hunger-relief initiatives. The company matches donations that are made annually by our employees to both organizations. These funds have made it possible for food banks to purchase much-needed items like stand-up freezers which allow them to supply and maintain perishable goods.


Basic American Foods has a deep commitment to education. We partner with local schools to help provide much-needed equipment and educational resources for children. For example, we helped provide a school with computers and technical equipment, and donated funds that helped Longview Elementary School in Moses Lake, Washington purchase playground equipment after waiting more than 20 years due to budget constraints.

Public Safety

Through our corporate giving programs, Basic American Foods provides grants to local agencies including fire departments and law enforcement offices. The grants enable these organizations to purchase equipment and supplies that they would otherwise not be able to purchase. Recent grants have been used for new air compressors that clean and filter air while filling tanks, personal protective equipment, commercial washing machines and electronics for training rooms.

Beyond our commitment to high-quality, convenient food products, we offer meaningful career and employee development opportunities. It is our goal to ensure that our employees are successful and that they thrive in a dynamic team environment.

Join Our Team

Basic American Foods is focused on hiring the most qualified and talented employees to join our team.

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Basic American Foods cares about employee health and offers many programs and services that make it easier for our employees and their families to stay healthy. Our benefits packages and programs offer employees valuable resources to help them be engaged and healthy in both their lives and work. Our health care benefits include medical, prescription drug, vision and dental coverage for you and your eligible dependents. On top of health care, we also offer other nontraditional perks.

Our comprehensive Wellness Program includes incentives for participation in wellness initiatives, an on-site health and wellness clinic at our Blackfoot, Idaho plant, company paid participation in the Quit for Life® smoking cessation program and many more benefits. We also offer an array of financial benefits and compensation programs that are aligned to reward employees for their contributions toward achieving our strategic goals. 

Additional Benefits:

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Matching Gifts for Education
  • Long Term Disability
  • Vacation and Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • 401(k)

Walnut Creek, California:

At our headquarters, you will work in close proximity to Basic American Foods leadership and enjoy our modern and open office space, beautiful views, and open-door policy. Our location is easy to reach, just steps from the Pleasant Hill BART station, and less than 45 minutes from San Francisco. Walnut Creek has a vibrant downtown area where public arts and recreational activities abound!

Southeast, Idaho:

Our offices in Idaho provide the family-friendly feel of a small town with plenty of nearby nature to explore. This area boasts world class fly fishing, hiking, boating, skiing, and mountain biking and is only a short distance from two national parks - perfect for the outdoor activities lover!

Moses Lake, Washington:

Our Moses Lake location stands in the epicenter of many rapidly growing industries, including agriculture and food processing, aerospace, and manufacturing. It has a diverse, small town feel and excellent school systems, while still within driving distance of Seattle and Spokane. With its large, natural freshwater lake and numerous parks and campgrounds, it is an oasis of outdoor recreation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blackfoot, ID
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    BAF is a great company! I've worked here at BAF for one year in a salaried position, and I'm very impressed with the strategy and growth opportunities and the overall direction of the company. They are investing a significant amount of money in the factories and their people and driving both top line and bottom line growth. The really feel that the ownership family and executive team TRULY value their employees, and that is a rare thing these days.


    None. I love working here. It is the best place I've ever worked.

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    Keep the momentum.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Basic American Foods (Moses Lake, WA) in January 2014.


    Its a relativly easy four hour interview. You are lead to several different locations where different people ask you questions. For each question they ask you to remember a specific time when ____ happened and how you delt with it. After the interview I was offered the position. The contract and official offer was e-mailed to me a week later.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you could have handled a dissagreement better.   1 Answer


    Take it or leave it.

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Basic American Foods Awards & Accolades

  • Healthiest Employer, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2011
  • Healthiest Employer, The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, 2013
  • Healthiest Employer, The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times, 2012
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