About

Engineered Nutrition

Food uniquely prepared to provide good tasting, ready-to-eat nourishment – packaged to stay fresh for 5 years.

Founded in 1984, SOS Food Lab was the first manufacturer of food rations in North America. While our roots are in the Marine industry, SOS Food Lab has established itself as the premier provider of emergency and survival food and water for the general preparedness market as well.

In order to serve this market better, SOS Food Lab acquired the Survivor Industries line of products in 2018, making us the market leader in North America.

To this day, we remain the only manufacturer of emergency food rations that prepares each batch using wholesome, raw ingredients in our Miami headquarters. We maintain modern manufacturing and distribution centers on the east & west coasts of the United States, strategically located near modern international seaports to ensure that shipments go out daily, without fail. We work with 200+ distributors worldwide to further ensure supplies remain available year-round, around the globe, and provide our clients with private label options as well.

Our facilities meet the unofficial industry “gold standard” set by the Coast Guard, and our manufacturing process and products currently hold eleven certifications (see list below), with more on the way. We are also the only emergency food and water manufacturer with a dedicated Test Kitchen enabling us to quickly formulate custom recipes for both water and food products.

International Certifications & Credentials

Our staff, facilities and merchandise meet the most rigorous criteria for sanitation, packaging, quality and taste. But don’t take our word for it: we hold the following certifications, with more on the way.

Leadership team

Douglas H. Banks
President

Mr. Banks has a career that has spanned 40 years in Engineering Sales, Design, Engineering Management, Manufacturing Management, Operations Management and Executive Leadership. Mr. Banks has extensive experience in Business Lean Transformation and has led several company acquisitions and divestitures, and is the principal owner in a management consulting business. Mr. Banks enjoys multiple outdoor and family activities as well as automotive restorations.

Mr. Banks holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine, and a Masters in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford, CT. He has certifications in Lean Transformation and Six Sigma.

David Mills
Global Sales Manager

Mr. Mills has been with SOS Food Lab for over a decade. As Global Sales Manager, David oversees corporate sales, new product development and private label programs. While on the job, David thoroughly enjoys solving issues for customers, but when away from the office, he enjoys fishing, cooking and, of course—eating.

Mr. Mills holds a BS in Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University.

Ludwig Kahn
Head of Accounting

Mr. Kahn is our Head of Accounting. He has over 35 years of accounting experience with many different industries and services. Mr. Kahn is adept at creating good relationships with customers as well as vendors. While away from the office, Mr. Kahn enjoys spending time with his wife of 46 years, his twin sons and his third son, daughter in law and grandson. He also enjoys watching as well as playing sports.

Mr. Kahn holds a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Contact us

We’re always innovating, creating new products with food additives like vitamins, and water additives like electrolytes, with our partner and customer needs in mind.

We have been working with David from SOS Food Lab for the last 7 years and it has been a great experience. SOS Food Labs has been very responsive and attentive to our company’s needs. They have provided us with custom solutions that fit our goals and have helped fuel our growth.

Brian – 72 hours