Mountain Top Moments

The best days are filled with moments when you are fully engaged in the present, thriving in the adventure. These precious moments so often involve great food. At Pinnacle Foods we create gourmet freeze-dried meals that are easy to pack and prepare so you can focus on the adventure at hand and enjoy the experience fully.

Chef Prepared Meals with Real Ingredients

We prepare all of our meals from scratch in High Point, NC using fresh, natural ingredients. We spent months developing and testing each recipe before landing on a product that delivers high protein and calories without adding fillers or preservatives and emphasizes flavor by using fresh herbs and exciting flavor combinations. We cook the full meals in small batches, then immediately freeze-dry it to maximize the fresh flavors when reconstituting. Our freeze dryers use minimal heat during the drying process which preserves 97% of the nutrients. This means our meals will keep you fuller for longer, without weighing you down with extra fillers, additives, and unnecessary starches.

Sustainable Packaging

When our kids get older and begin taking their kids and grandkids on adventures in the outdoors we want them to experience fresh air, clean forests, and beautiful beaches. This requires sustainable choices and partnering with technology to develop better ways to package meals.

Pinnacle Foods uses omnidegradable bags instead of the traditional mylar bags used by many freeze-dried food companies. These bags are durable and won’t deteriorate in storage. Yet, when they are disposed of, the microorganisms in soil break down the bags without putting an unnecessary strain on the environment. You can learn more about omnidegradable bags from the creators over at Tekpack Solutions.

Omnidegradable bags

  • Our bags are shelf-stable indefinitely – they will not break down.
  • Our bags will breakdown anywhere that microbes live. For example Oceans, Lakes, Soil, Home Composts, Landfills, Swamps, Forests, etc.
  • Our bags will revert to their original elements harmlessly, quickly and completely and are beneficial to plant growth.

A Family Adventure

John and Ben Ritner

Just like you, we love the outdoors and we love good food. Gathering friends and family together to adventure is a passion born deep in our family heritage. Many of the life moments that have shaped us revolve around these adventures and the people we experienced them with. As parents of small kids, we know that adventures can be lively so we invite you to focus on the moments, both the loud and quiet ones, and let us take care of the food.

For us the passion for the outdoors seemed to begin as kids, building treehouses, functional homemade fishing rafts, and paintball courses behind our house where we grew up in North Carolina. But really it’s our parents and their love for the wild and adventure that truly began it all. Montana, specifically Missoula, is the place our parents fell in love, so it’s only natural we ended up here falling in love with the same wild places where they met.

We are a family team, each bringing our passions with us to form Pinnacle Foods. Ben graduated from the University of Montana focusing on web development and business. John has known from a young age that food was going to be a passion and field he worked in. He is the Chef here at Pinnacle and is known by that title to many friends and family that have experienced his cooking. He graduated from Culinary school in North Carolina while working for a local fine dining restaurant which he credits for gaining most of his culinary knowledge.

Pinnacle Foods was founded in Missoula Montana. In 2021, John moved the production side of Pinnacle Foods along with his family back to North Carolina in order to raise their two young boys near their grandparents. We now have to get on planes to have face-to-face meetings about Pinnacle Foods but our partnership as brothers, each working in our strengths, remains as strong as ever.

The idea for Pinnacle Foods originated around a campfire deep in the Maddison Range. While eating sub-par, freeze-dried food the question arose: “What if this were better?”