- THE MAGAZINE
Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Bensenville, Ill., completed the acquisition of Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand Sausages, a Chicago-based small batch, premium sausage purveyor. Alpine Brand sausages are all-natural with fresh loin trim and use authentic recipes from Germany and Austria.
With the new ownership, Chef Martin’s will be under Fortune Fish’s gourmet foods division. The acquisition allows Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand to increase their efficiency by joining the infrastructure already in place at Fortune Fish & Gourmet. Chef Martin’s Alpine Brand will still be produced at their original 2710 S. Poplar facility in Chicago. This acquisition will also increase Chef Martin’s former distribution area with Fortune’s fleet of more than 43 refrigerated trucks with direct distribution in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan and nationwide through Fortune’s Flying Fish program.
“We are very excited to acquire this great company and brand,” says Sean J. O’Scannlain, president and CEO for Fortune Fish. “It creates an outstanding opportunity for our employees and customers. I am proud to welcome Chef Martin’s owner Martin Wallner to the Fortune Fish & Gourmet family.”
Chef Martin’s Alpine Brands are available to the wholesale market and are currently sold at Treasure Island, Plum Market, Mrs. Greens and Harvest Time Foods. The sausages are also served at restaurants such as Alinea, Hop Leaf, Siena Tavern, Bangers and Lace, Lux Bar and more.
“The opportunity to work with Fortune Fish & Gourmet is fantastic,” says Wallner. “I’ve been around food my entire life. My parents owned a small meat shop in Austria, and I started this company seven years ago. To partner with a company like Fortune and to be able to pass my knowledge to the operators while maintaining a stellar product, I could not ask for a better company to work with.”
Terms of the deal were not released.