Tyson acquires tortilla maker

Tyson acquires tortilla maker

TYSON Foods Inc. reported that its subsidiary, Tyson Mexican Original Inc., has purchased Don Julio Foods of Clearfield, Utah, a maker of corn and flour tortillas and salty snacks such as potato chips, tortilla chips and pretzels.

The products are sold to retailers across the U.S. under the Don Julio and Clover Club brands.

Terms were not released, but Tyson said it plans no management or other personnel changes. Don Julio has about 50 employees.

Tyson Mexican Original is the second-largest manufacturer of tortillas in the U.S., with a majority of its sales to foodservice customers. Accordingly, the acquisition will open foodservice markets to Don Julio and retail markets to Tyson Mexican Original, according to the announcement.

Don Julio "is an example of a brand that's the right fit for Tyson," Tyson chief executive officer and president Donnie Smith said.

Don Julio was founded by Craig Fisher in 1994. It outsourced production until Fisher opened a tortilla manufacturing plant in Clearfield in 2002 and, soon thereafter, purchased Clover Club Foods.

Tyson acquired Mexican Original in 1983 and expanded in through three tortilla plants. Mexican Original employs about 1,300 people.

Tyson, headquartered in Springfield, Ark., is the largest chicken producer and the second-largest beef and pork processor in the U.S. and is a leading manufacturer of packaged foods. The company reported fiscal 2012 sales of $32.3 billion.

Volume:85 Issue:08

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