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Strauss Brands to Shut Franklin, Wisconsin, Plant Down, Shift Processing to Ruprecht

June 5, 2024
Production of grass-fed beef products will shift to Mundelein, Ill.-based division of Kilcoy Global Foods; partnership with Texas-based Eddy Foods will continue.

Beef processor Strauss Brands will close its Franklin, Wis., processing facility and shift production of its grass-fed beef products to Ruprecht, a division of Kilcoy Global Foods, in Mundelein, Ill., according to local news reports and a release from the company.

The closure of the facility will result in the layoff of 70 workers, according to a notice filed with the state of Wisconsin cited in the news article. Layoffs are expected to begin Aug. 5.

Dave Wiggins, CEO of Strauss Brands, called the move “a necessary step” in conjunction with a partnership with Eddy Foods to grow the company’s grass-fed beef product line. By processing the beef at Ruprecht, Strauss can take advantage of Ruprecht’s state-of-the-art processing facility which has benefitted from continued investment in upgrades in processing and food safety technology.

In October 2023, Strauss Brands announced it would end veal and lamb production at the Franklin plant, at which point 127 employees at the Franklin facility lost their jobs. A few days later, the company announced it had sold the veal and lamb business to Catelli Brothers Family of Foods (a subsidiary of Canada-based Preval AG). At that time, the Eddy Foods value-added beef partnership was announced as well.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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