USA – US- based and leading meat products group, Johnsonville has successfully acquired Salm Partners, its co-packer, from Entrepreneurial Equity Partners (E2P) in a strategic move aimed at enhancing sausage production capabilities.

 The deal whose financial details have not been disclosed gives Johnsonville, known as one of the largest sausage producers in the United States, control of Salm’s two production plants located in Denmark, Wisconsin. 

Salm Partners, founded in 2004, specializes in the manufacturing of fully cooked sausages and hot dogs and received investment from E2P in 2020.

During this investment period, Salm Partners expanded its manufacturing capacity significantly.

E2P highlighted Salm’s advantageous market position due to its unique technology and scarce capacity, which contributed to the company almost doubling its manufacturing capabilities since 2020.

The Salm family maintained a substantial stake in the business even after the acquisition.

Chris Salm, co-founder of Salm Partners, expressed gratitude to all partners and emphasized the compatibility of Johnsonville’s vision for the future of the business.

“Creating an environment where our partners can grow and develop within the organization has been a key priority and differentiator since 2004, and we believe Johnsonville has a compatible vision for the future of the business,” he stated.

With the acquisition, Johnsonville is set to close its Meadowside facility, located on the company’s headquarters campus in Sheboygan County, Milwaukee, later this year, as reported by local sources.

The company expects “some workforce adjustments” among the 390 staff at the facility.

Johnsonville produces more than 70 different varieties, including brats, grillers, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links, and breakfast sausage. The company sells its sausages in 45 countries across the globle.

The acquisition of Salm Partners is anticipated to bolster Johnsonville’s production capabilities and further solidify its position in the competitive meat products market.

As Johnsonville undergoes this strategic expansion, it comes on the heels of the appointment of Don Fussner as the new Chief Executive Officer in October, succeeding the retiring CEO Nick Meriggioli.

According to the group, the acquisition aligns with its commitment to innovation and growth within the meat products sector.

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