Full Speed Ahead
Adding volume, adding valueIn addition to processing raw or fresh sausage, sausage companies also find themselves in the business of making meals, especially breakfast and snack sandwiches and burritos. “We do a lot of sandwich items. The market for convenience has taken product in fully cooked form [and put it] in a package that can be microwaved,” explains Beery.
To that end, Bob Evans, along with its subsidiary, Richardson, Texas-based Owens Country Sausage, recently upgraded a plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, dedicated to the production of convenience foods. The $4 million, 52,777-square-foot facility is capable of producing 18 million pounds annually.
Odom’s Tennessee Pride, of Madison, Tenn., has also directed its efforts on assembly of sandwiches made with sausages. Last year, the company began work on a 33,000-square-foot expansion of its plant in Dickson, Tenn., which will enable Odom’s to double its capacity from four to eight assembly and packaging lines for sandwiches.