Tyson Foods acquires Williams Sausage Company to boost its product portfolio

Tyson Foods acquires Williams Sausage Company to boost its product portfolio

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Williams Sausage Company, a family-owned business located in Tennessee.

Williams Sausage Company employs approximately 500 team members and produces fresh and fully cooked sausage, bacon, and sandwiches for retail and foodservice customers. The company has been in operation since 1958 and has a loyal customer base in the Southeast region.

Tyson Foods said the acquisition will further the meat firm’s strategy to increase its capacity and product portfolio, especially in the growing categories of snacking and breakfast. The deal will also enhance Tyson Foods’ direct store delivery network and leverage its existing brands such as Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean.

To ensure the continuity of business operations, Tyson Foods said Emily Billingsley, the daughter of company owner Roger Williams, will be responsible for the company’s operations. Roger Williams will remain involved as a consultant to the business.

“This acquisition aligns with our strategy to win with customers, augments our manufacturing capabilities, and expands our product portfolio,” said Stewart Glendinning, group president, Prepared Foods at Tyson Foods. “Williams Sausage Company brings real strengths in its brand, facilities, and direct store delivery network that make this a logical and welcome addition to our Prepared Foods business.”

The acquisition comes as Tyson Foods is also investing $180 million to expand its existing facility in Union City, Tennessee. The expansion will help to meet the growing demand for Hillshire Farm and Jimmy Dean grab-n-go snacking and breakfast items, the company said.

The facility expansion officially commenced construction in August 2022 and is due for completion in late 2024. It will create more than 200 new jobs in the area.

Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair. The company produces chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that feed families in more than 100 countries.

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