Bakalars Sausage Co., La Crosse, Wis., entered into an agreement to acquire the Schweigert brand of hot dogs, natural casing dogs, braunschweiger, summer sausage and breaded chicken products from Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats, Wichita, Kan. The transaction will be completed in October.
The Schweigert purchase will expand Bakalars’ portfolio of regional meat offerings.
“This is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of specialty meat items, and provides our business with another strong regional brand that complements our existing product line while strengthening and expanding our business,” says Mike Bakalars, president. “We are excited about Schweigert’s growth potential and the fact that, like our business, it was founded in the 1930s and includes an established consumer brand.”
Production will shift from Cargill’s Albert Lea, Minn., meat processing facility to the Bakalars plant in La Crosse, enabling Cargill to expand its remaining operations at Albert Lea. Cargill acquired the Schweigert brand in 2008 with its purchase of Willow Brook Foods.
“We are delighted Bakalars will continue the tradition of producing the quality Schweigert products so many consumers have come to love,” says John Niemann, president of Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats. “Schweigert is a good fit for Bakalars and will provide their firm with incremental growth, while concurrently allowing us to expand other types of processing at Albert Lea to meet customer needs.”