Monogram Foods, a Memphis, Tenn.-based manufacturer and marketer of beef jerky, corn dogs, pre-cooked bacon, appetizers and other value-added meat products, acquired Progressive Gourmet, a baked goods and hors d’oeuvres provider based in Wilmington, Mass.

“We will merge our Progressive Gourmet purchase with Monogram’s other frozen appetizer businesses based in Plover, Wis., creating a comprehensively staffed division of 800 talented team members,” says Karl Schledwitz, chairman and CEO of Monogram Foods. “With our strong and talented management support team, we will continue to optimize our customer-centric business with food processing best practices while implementing advanced capabilities to lead in the delivery of delicious products.”

“We are already underway expanding the USDA-, FDA- and BRC-certified facilities in Wilmington, Mass., and we are immediately looking to add 100-150 team members,” adds Wes Jackson, president of Monogram Foods. “Additional facility expansions are planned throughout the rest of 2016 in order to meet the demand of a robust list of customers such as U.S. Foods, Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Wegman’s, Hannaford and Kroger for our Monogram Gourmet Foods division.”

Monogram Foods now owns eight manufacturing plants in seven states, all of which have been acquired by the company over the past 10 years.  During that period, the company has grown from 8 team members to now over 2,600 with the addition of Progressive Gourmet, while simultaneously increasing revenues from $8 million in 2004 to over $600 million in 2016 with the Progressive Gourmet acquisition.