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Leaders in Branded QSR SuccessHays Food Systems, Inc.

Time-tested business opportunities that increase profit and improve customer loyalty. 

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The Hays Family COMMITMENT

For four generations, the Hays family has put its name on the line in the foodservice industry everyday. That is why during Hays Food Systems’ 30-plus year history, treating our business partners with support, value and experience has been the key driver behind our growth.

Personal Support

Personal Support is the cornerstone of our business. As a Hays customer, you can expect a live person to pick up the phone when you need one. If you reach a voicemail, your calls will be returned promptly. The Hays team is fully trained in all facets of your QSR or foodservice business and will always be on hand to offer advice, be your back-up in a time of need, or fill an emergency order.

Your local QSR specialist and delivery drivers will be your partners—and our highly trained and experienced home staff will be there to provide extra support. Our free on-site training, free demonstrations at our own test kitchens and many other complimentary services are all part of the Hays package. Since we will accept nothing less than your total success and satisfaction, our commitment to providing consistently superior personal support is unwavering.

Value

Our ultimate goal is to provide the absolute best value you can receive for your investment. From equipment and product sales to our comprehensive branded food programs, you can expect a level of quality and personal support that sets us apart.

Experience

Working with Hays, you will have access to not only our team of highly trained foodservice professionals, but you are also backed by Chester’s International, Hays Food Service, and Giles Foodservice Equipment. These partnerships provide you access to the industry’s top minds and resources. When you implement one of our programs or purchase our products, you know they are proven winners.

 

Values

For four generations, the Hays family has put its name on the line in the foodservice industry everyday. That is why during Hays Food Systems’ 30-plus year history, treating our business partners with support, value and experience has been the key driver behind our growth.

 
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Four Generations of Foodservice ExcellenceOur History

The Hays family has deep roots in the food industry.

Scott’s grandfather, Thomas Hays, owned and operated a dairy business in the late 1930’s, which supplied dairy products to his own dairy stores and independent supermarkets.

Scott’s father, Gene Hays, began a relationship with Giles Enterprises in the 1950’s, as a manufacturer and distributor in Illinois. Gene owned and operated a blending facility that manufactured Hol’n One Donut mixes, powdered icings, chicken breadings and seasonings. Products were supplied to donut shops, supermarkets, dairy stores and snack bars throughout Illinois.

Scott Hays began working in the blending facility in the early 1970’s and became Vice President of Sales in 1976. After an expansion that brought the company into Missouri, Scott moved to O’Fallon, Missouri with his wife, Penny, in 1978 to manage operations there. That same year, the company added Chester Fried Chicken to its program offerings and continued the long family relationship with Giles Enterprises. This relationship has proven to be a successful building block for the company’s future.

 In 1984, Scott changed the name of the company to Hays Food Systems, Inc. Hays quickly grew into a regional provider of food programs for the convenience and grocery store market. Demand for its successful programs ushered in an expansion into Kansas and southern Illinois.

In 1984, Scott changed the name of the company to Hays Food Systems, Inc. Hays quickly grew into a regional provider of food programs for the convenience and grocery store market. Demand for its successful programs ushered in an expansion into Kansas and southern Illinois.

In 1984, Scott changed the name of the company to Hays Food Systems, Inc. and continued offering its retail business partners strong product offerings, such as Chester’s and Giles Foodservice Equipment—all while continuing to provide the superior service the Hays family has become known for.

In 2002, Scott & Penny’s sons, Brandon & Matthew, joined the business, Brandon working in the sales field, and Matthew working in warehouse operations. Due to continued growth, Hays built a new food service distribution and training facility in Warrenton, Missouri in 2006. This facility now serves as the company headquarters, which features a fully operational set-up of a Chester’s — which is used for seminars and training.

Hays currently serves hundreds of convenience stores and supermarket retailers throughout the Midwest. We will continue to responsibly grow our company by continuing to offer nationally recognized branded food programs, such as Chester’s and BirdShack, along with Giles Foodservice Equipment

Because we back this offering with Hays’ unique and comprehensive training and support services, we are confident that Hays can be a key ingredient in the success of our retail partners!