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Sterno Deploys Executive Chef to Panama City with Mercy Chefs to Aid in Hurricane Michael Rebuilding Efforts

Corona, Calif. (March 11, 2019) – Sterno Products, the name synonymous with quality and performance in portable food warming for over 100 years, today announced the deployment of its Executive Chef, Thad Smith, to Panama City this week to assist the Mercy Chefs team in serving hot, chef-prepared meals to volunteer rebuilding crews as they clean up debris and help rebuild homes from Hurricane Michael’s destruction. This is the second time Sterno has deployed Smith to Florida as part of its partnership with the non-profit relief organization, which also includes providing food warming resources.

Nearly five months after Hurricane Michael’s devastation, many families are still without essential comforts like access to a kitchen to prepare and enjoy a hot meal as a family. Now in a new phase of rebuilding, Sterno is continuing its commitment to Mercy Chefs’ panhandle efforts, by providing employee time to ensure families have access to a warm, comforting meal. Mercy Chefs is expected to serve two hot meals per day in Panama City this month to families and volunteer rebuilding crews.

The ability of Mercy Chefs to provide hot, quality meals to so many, under such adverse conditions is truly remarkable,” said Thad Smith, Sterno Executive Chef. “Having seen the devastation first-hand, I’m honored to represent Sterno as we lend support to those in this next phase of recovery.

Mercy Chefs is a nonprofit organization that provides professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters. Since the partnership began, Sterno has helped the non-profit serve over 400,000 meals.

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About Sterno Products 

Headquartered in Corona, California, Sterno Products is the leading manufacturer and marketer of portable food warming fuels and creative table lighting solutions for the hospitality and consumer industries. The product line includes wick and gel chafing fuels, butane stoves and accessories, liquid and traditional wax candles, catering equipment and lamps. For over 100 years, the iconic “Sterno” brand has been synonymous with quality canned heat. The heritage of reliability and innovation continues today, as Sterno Products continues to bring to market new products that give foodservice industry professionals and consumers greater control over food quality and décor. Sterno Products is a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI).

About Mercy Chef

Mercy Chefs is a 501c3 founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The organization exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies and partners with existing ministries with food service in underserved communities around the country. Since its founding, Mercy Chefs has served more than 1.75 million meals, and in 2015 it received both the Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism Award and the Hampton Roads Volunteer Achievement Award for its service. For more information, visit