THE PRODUCER – It All Starts With Stock

By Eleni Upah

The key to a robust, flavorful soup or stew lies at the base, which means using a good stock. The liquid base is made by simmering animal bones, meat, seafood or vegetables in water — or sometimes wine — to pull out the rich flavors.

Though it is little more than 3 years old, New Horizon Cuisine has already made a name for itself in the soup stock industry. Located in Ankeny, it is an ingredient company that manufactures concentrated meat and vegetable extracts and industrial bases and flavors at competitive prices.

New Horizon Cuisine is a manufacturing company specializing in delivering high-quality, fresh ingredients to large food companies and restaurants.

New Horizon Cuisine is a manufacturing company specializing in delivering high-quality, fresh ingredients to large food companies and restaurants.

The manufacturer produces branded products on a large scale, but it also offers customization to its customers, with a willingness to work together to form custom blends and signature recipes for all segments of the food industry.

“We compete with companies that have been around quite a bit longer, but you know, when it comes to ingredients, we’re starting to work with very large companies,” said Don Hensley, the sales and culinary director for New Horizon Cuisine.

New Horizon distributes across the country, with products reaching to California and New York, with several stops in between. That scale of distribution requires a lot of product. And while the business is still in its growing stages, New Horizon already has seven 2,000-gallon tanks used to make soup stocks and other products.

Hensley said the process of making soup stocks is pretty unique, especially compared to New Horizon’s competitors.

“We get whole bones, fresh vegetables — we have two 2,000-gallon tanks, and we load those with bones, vegetables, tomatoes, spices, things of that nature,” he explained. The mixture will steam-cook overnight for a 24-hour period, then a concentrate is made to sell to their distributors.Producer-1

Soaking vegetables and bones in water sounds standard for making a stock, but the unique part lies in the technology. The stock goes through a continuous, automated stainless steel system with seven tiers of filtration.

Those filters include a decanter phase, a brush filter and a stock filter, among others.

“The technology on this side of the industry where our competitors make similar products (is) pretty advanced,” Hensley said. “It’s very clean, highly filtered, and it’s just a clean stock from bones and vegetables.”

With a system like that, it’s no wonder New Horizon is a leading provider for soup stocks. RELISH

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