Industry News | January 29, 2013

Peer Foods Purchases Indiana Meat Co. Emge Foods

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Peer Foods Group announced it has acquired Emge Foods, a historic Indiana-based meat company specializing in retail-branded, high-quality hams, bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and a variety of other processed meats. 

By acquiring Emge Foods, Peer Foods Group will continue to build its portfolio of established brands in order to offer its customers greater choice while improving efficiency. 

Peer Foods Group plans to fully support and grow the Emge brand of products. Through Peer Foods Group’s shared product line, customers can now purchase Emge, Mariah, and Peer Foods labels on one order and delivery. 

This latest acquisition also provides Peer Foods Group and Mariah Foods a significantly increased manufacturing capacity in Indiana.

Founded at the turn of the century, Emge Foods is known for its sausage, hot dogs, bologna, and specialty bacon and ham cured using the Emge family’s unique techniques. Its products are available nationally. 

Peer Foods was founded in Chicago in 1867. It was one of the first meat companies in America to use refrigeration to sell fresh-cut meat year-round. 

In 1922, it opened a meat processing plant that would provide the foundation for the company’s entry into foodservice. In 1996, Peer Foods acquired Mariah Foods.