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Tyson Foods Completes Williams Sausage Acquisition

May 24, 2023
Tennessee sausage processor adds capacity and new brands to Tyson’s Prepared Foods business.

Tyson Foods has closed on the acquisition of Union City, Tenn., processor Williams Sausage Company Inc., according to a company release. The acquisition was announced in February, and it expands the company’s capacity and product portfolio. It was also announced that Emily Billingsley, daughter of Williams Sausage president and CEO Roger Williams, will be responsible for the company’s operations.

Although a purchase price was not disclosed, reports state that Tyson expected to spend $200 million to $250 million on the acquisition. Williams Sausage brings approximately 500 employees with it to Tyson, producing fresh and fully cooked sausage, bacon, and sandwiches for retail and foodservice customers. It will join Tyson’s Prepared Foods business.

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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