Hormel buys Fontanini in McCook – Consumer News

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17 August 2017 | 5:24 pm

Hormel Foods announced today it paid $425 million to acquire Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages, a family-owned meat supplier that’s called the Chicago area home for nearly 60 years.

“This acquisition will allow Fontanini to strengthen under the Hormel Foods umbrella, given its leadership in retail combined with our shared leadership in foodservice,” said CEO Eugene Fontanini in a statement.

Fontanini, which operates under the parent company Capitol Wholesale Meats, will report to the Austin, Minn.-based food manufacturer and marketer’s refrigerated foods division. Fontanini did not respond to a request about how the acquisition would drive growth, though Fontanini’s emphasis on retail implies it may be looking to expand in the consumer space. The meat supplier will continue operating at its 188,000 square-foot plant in southwest suburban McCook. Fewer than 500 people work at the Fontanini plant, according to LinkedIn.

“While we are focused on ensuring a seamless transition and continued stewardship of the Fontanini brand, we are also excited about leveraging their new state-of-the-art production facility, which has additional capacity to produce many Hormel Foods products,” said Jeff Baker, group vice president of foodservice at Hormel Foods, in a statement.

Fontanini moved to the McCook facility in 2008, after spending nearly 50 years operating on Randolph Street in the West Loop and the Swift Eckrich plant in the stockyards. Italian immigrant Oriano Fontanini founded the company in 1960. Over the years, Fontanini has supplied Chicago-based Connie’s Pizza, Wrigley Field and the United Center with pizza toppings, pot roast, hot dogs and more. Consumers can buy Fontanini products online and at some Mariano’s, too.



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