Western Smokehouse Gets New Private Equity Ownership

April 3, 2023
Western CEO sees opportunity to accelerate growth under AUA Private Equity Partners.

Western Smokehouse Partners LLC, a Galesburg, Ill.-based contract manufacturer of smoked meat snacks, has been sold to AUA Private Equity Partners LLC from Monogram Capital Partners, according to a release from AUA.

Western Smokehouse Partners was formed when the legacy Western business in Greentop, Mo., combined with Thrushwood Farms of Galesburg in early 2020. Current Western Smokhouse Partners CEO Matt Bormann believes AUA’s history of supporting and scaling contract manufacturing business in snack and food will help the company accelerate its growth moving forward.

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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